Supporting Teachers and Students
with Instructional Coaching
Providing teachers with support with selecting and using research-based instructional strategies can come in many forms including training sessions that are delivered to an entire faculty or large group of educators. Research increasingly shows that instructional coaching, where an expert works closely in partnership with a teacher, has a greater impact on instruction than almost any other intervention and can significantly improve the effectiveness of teachers’ instruction.
Focused instructional coaching can help offset the impact of special education teacher shortages, provide support for paraprofessionals and long-term substitute teachers, and be a key part of teacher retention strategies. In addition to the personalized onboarding implementation support Building Wings provides to schools and districts using Readtopia and ReadtopiaGO, Building Wings also offers several coaching packages that give additional instructional support to educators and support staff.
Offering Coaching to Offset Special Education Teacher Shortages
Some school districts have internal instructional coaches who provide support and guidance, especially for new teachers. However, with schools facing teaching shortages, instructional coaches in some districts are being pulled into classrooms to fill teacher shortages. Using external instructional experts such as the curriculum specialists at Building Wings can offset the impact of fewer internal instructional coaches.
Providing Coaching to Long-Term Substitute Teachers
Substitute teachers, especially long-term subs for students receiving special education services may not have experience in meeting diverse needs in a classroom or recommended daily instructional routines.
Offering Coaching as a Teacher Retention Strategy
How Does Instructional Coaching Help Grow Better Teachers?
Instructional coaches play a crucial role in supporting special education teachers by providing targeted assistance, guidance, and professional development. They can also serve as valuable mentors for paraprofessionals. They benefit teachers and professionals by:
- Providing personalized support
- Helping teachers develop essential instructional and classroom management skills for special education classrooms, including differentiating instruction and adapting materials for diverse learners
- Introducing teachers to evidence-based practices that include the latest research and methodologies proven to be effective in supporting students with various learning needs
- Facilitating collaborative learning where teachers can exchange information, share ideas, and learn from one another, creating a supportive professional learning community
- Reducing feelings of isolation and stress by providing a support system that helps teachers avoid burnout
- Building confidence by recognizing teachers’ strengths and helping them overcome challenges. Increased teacher confidence correlates with more effective teaching practices and improved student outcomes.
- Contributing to higher levels of teacher satisfaction and support, which improves teacher retention
- Foundations Literacy Coaching Packages: For teachers new to teaching or new to teaching literacy. For groups of up to 5 educators.
- Exploration Literacy Coaching Packages: For groups of up to 10 educators.
- Train the Trainer Coaching Packages: Built for coaches who are supporting educators with implementation. These small group coaching sessions can include up to eight coaches.
Each package includes different components of effective literacy instruction and this Foundations Coaching Package is one example.
Packages are tailored to meet the needs of new teachers, groups of educators, or those implementing Readtopia or ReadtopiaGO literacy instruction who want an extra layer of support. Each session is structured to include a 10-minute presentation around the primary topic followed by time for questions, resources, and problem-solving.
To learn more, connect with us at email@example.com to discuss virtual coaching for you or your educators or complete this form to learn more about instructional coaching and a curriculum specialist will contact you to discuss your coaching needs.