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Coach as classroom supporter

Protocol guides coaches conducting demonstration lessons

By Learning Forward
December 2019
Vol. 40, No. 6
School and district-based coaches have multifaceted roles. To ensure their work is strategic and meaningful, rather than surface level, school leaders must decide what specific roles and responsibilities should be the focus of their work. Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison’s 2017 book, Taking the Lead, describes a range of potential roles for coaches, including resource provider, instructional specialist, curriculum specialist, mentor, and classroom supporter. They write that the role of classroom supporter “may have the greatest potential to make a dramatic impact on student learning” (Killion & Harrison, 2017, p. 65). In this role, coaches work side by side with teachers while students are present to implement new practices and improve instruction. This role has three components: modeling or demonstrating teaching practices, co-teaching, and observing

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References

Killion, J. & Harrison, C. (2017). Taking the lead: New roles for teachers and school-based coaches (2nd ed.). Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.



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