Nested coaching links learning from coach to teacher to leader

By Lynda Tredway, Ken Simon and Matthew Militello
April 2021
Keisha, an urban principal from California, and Jason, a principal from rural North Carolina, serve different communities, but they both realize that systemic inequities prevent students from fully realizing their potential. Over the course of a year, Keisha and Jason met regularly as part of a group and in one-to-one sessions with a leadership coach. Together, they engaged in a set of collaborative processes that cultivate instructional leadership that leads to more equitable teaching. Keisha and Jason are part of Project I4, a federally funded SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) grant, a partnership between East Carolina University and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Project I4 is a cohort-based, yearlong professional learning experience aimed at reimagining instructional leadership through an equity lens. Specifically, school leader participants build capacity to document

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Lynda Tredway ( is a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership and program coordinator for the International EdD at East Carolina University.

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Ken Simon ( is the Project I4 lead coach and a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

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Matthew Militello ( is the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, founding director of the International EdD, and principal investigator on Project I4 at East Carolina University.

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