Julie Donohue-Kpolugbo currently serves as the district literacy consultant and instructional coach coordinator for the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council, although small in population, serves a geographic area similar in size to New Zealand with multiple fly-in only communities. This unique context is a major factor in designing coaching practice that generates impact on student achievement. Ongoing development, implementation, and support of the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council coaching program is currently one of Donohue-Kpolugbo’s main areas of focus. Over the last 20 years, Donohue-Kpolugbo has worked in a variety of locations in North America, South America, and Africa serving in varying capacities including classroom teacher, instructional leader, program support teacher, coach, and literacy consultant. Most recently, Donohue-Kpolugbo graduated as a member of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2019.
Coaching support connects educators in isolated communitiesHer role in professional learning: I support literacy programming and instructional coaches in nine schools in eight small, isolated communities, some of which are fly-in only. Our schools are in the Beaufort Delta region on the homelands of the Gwich’in, Inuvialuit and Metis people. In Canada, Indigenous populations have been […]
Coaching experienced educators: Critical support in changing contextsInstructional coaching, especially for experienced educators, can offer support to adjust and adapt instruction and engage all students. Educators have greater or lesser levels of consciousness about their ability. Experienced educators are often consciously skilled, deliberate in their actions, or possibly unconsciously skilled, so experienced that most of their actions […]