A coach’s task is to plant the seeds of change

By Sharron Helmke
October 2021
As this issue’s articles make clear, these are highly stressful times for schools. Of course, education is always a stressful profession. Even without a pandemic, educators navigate ever-evolving expectations in the form of shifting learning standards, student needs, governmental and societal expectations, and performance evaluations. Instructional coaches play an important role as schools navigate those evolving demands. We are sometimes described as “catalysts for change” because we both inspire and support the implementation of change (Killion & Harrison, 2017). Our role is unique because we are positioned to be responsive to both leaders’ and teachers’ needs. This can create tension. We are often tasked with developing positive relationships with teachers from a position as equal partners, while simultaneously advancing administrative and central office initiatives for

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

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Sharron Helmke is the Acting Vice President for Professional Services at Learning Forward.

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