Instructional Coaches

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Teacher Leader Models

  • The Art of Coaching Teachers:  This blogger, Elena Aguilar, is an experienced K-12 educator, a transformational-leadership coach and consultant in Oakland, Calif. She is the author of The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2013), The Art of Coaching Team(Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018). She is also the founder of Bright Morning Consulting ( and is active on social media. She tackles issues with which you deal - everything from "When It's Time for a Hard Conversation" to "Cultivating Healthy Communication in Teams."
  • Coaching Teachers in Effective Instruction: This report was designed to define the role of coaches withing the school improvement agenda and guide the professional growth of Victorian coaches.  This report address the importance of the following: professional relationships, data and evidence, substantive conversation, purposeful instruction, school improvement, and staff development.
  • Elana Aguilar is a writer, leader, teacher, coach and podcaster. She is the author of six highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) The Art of Coaching Teams (2016), Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018) and The Onward Workbook (2018) and Coaching for Equity (2020) and The Art of Coaching Workbook (2020). She has also been a frequent contributor to Edutopia, ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and EdWeek Teacher.

    Elena is the founder and president of Bright Morning Consulting, an organization committed to helping individuals and organizations create the conditions for transformation. She has taught tens of thousands of folks how to have conversations that build a more just and equitable world. Elena can be heard demonstrating these conversations on the Bright Morning Podcast.

  • Instructional Coaching Scale:  Susan Woodruff provides a tool to check the impact of your coaching.  Sheprovides an excerpt from Elena Aguilar's  book, The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation. It offers a coaching framework and dozens of tools which can used by a range of educators. The following is from chapter one.
  • Kansas Coaching Project with Jim Knight:  The purpose of the Kansas Coaching Project  (Instuctional Coaching Group) is to study factors related to professional learning and how to improve academic outcomes for students through supports provided by instructional coaches.
  • Standards for Professional Learning:  Learning Forward's site for professional learning supports for learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.
  • Student-Centered Coaching with Diane Sweeney:  Student-Centered Coaching introduces a new way of looking at and delivering school-based coaching that puts the needs of students’ front-and-center. By focusing coaching on specific goals for student learning, rather than on changing or fixing teachers , a coach can navigate directly towards a measurable impact and increased student achievement.
  • Teacher Leader Model Standards:  Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium has developed these Teacher Leader Model Standards to codify, promote and support teacher leadership as a vehicle to transform schools for the needs of the 21st century.

This page was updated on February 12, 2022.  Be sure to share with Lou Howell at any URLs on instructional coaching that you would like to see added.