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By Shannon Bogle
April 2022
If you have ever worked in a school that is being overseen by an organization not linked to the district (e.g. a state receiver or external operator), you understand the unique challenges that teachers and leaders in such schools face every day. One of the challenges is that state mandates and externally imposed structures can compromise a teacher’s sense of autonomy, as they leave teachers with little to no say in the instructional process. Because teacher efficacy has a meaningful effect on school and student outcomes (Donohoo et al., 2018), that’s a problem for everyone involved. Instructional coaches have an important role to play in this situation because it is our job to build teacher efficacy and capacity or, as a school leader once told me,

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References

Donohoo, J., Hattie, J., & Eells, R. (2018). The power of collective efficacy. Educational Leadership, 75(6), 40-44. www.ascd.org/el/articles/the-power-of-collective-efficacy


Shannon Bogle is the director for networks and the academy at Learning Forward. She designs networks and content, builds capacity in state and district educators through network coaching, and manages the strategy and operations for the Academy.
A 2019 Learning Forward Academy graduate, Shannon is also a certified as an instructional coach through the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida. She has more than twenty years in K-12 education as a teacher, instructional coach, and supervisor in Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida. Most recently, Shannon served as a professional development supervisor for the Transformation Network. She was also a member of the team that designed and developed the full-time release mentor program. Shannon holds a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Shannon is passionate about building teachers’ capacity and improving student learning. The Academy helped shape her leadership and increased her dedication to implementing strong coaching models. She maintains balance in life through training for races and connecting with family and friends.

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