Cultivate a culture of coaching

By Vassiliki (Vicky) Zygouris-Coe, Karen Nolen and Pamela S. Ferrante
October 2021
At all times, but especially in today’s shifting contexts created by the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers benefit from differentiated professional learning support. One way school leaders can ensure such support is to nurture a culture of coaching. By embracing instructional coaching and establishing it as part of the school culture, leaders can help teachers address their evolving challenges and therefore meet students’ needs. To understand how to create a coaching culture, it’s important to understand the overarching concept of school culture. School culture is a way of characterizing the teaching and learning environment. Consisting of the norms, values, expectations, and habits of the school, it can be described as “how things are done.” Culture lives and grows in the actions and interactions of the people who

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Vicky Zygouris-Coe (vzygouri@ is a professor of reading education at the University of Central Florida School of Teacher Education. 

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Karen Nolen (knolen1214@gmail. com) is an educational consultant and a former coordinator of professional development for Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Florida. 

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Pamela Ferrante (pam_ferrante@scps. is an instructional practice specialist and coaching facilitator for Seminole County Public Schools, Sanford, Florida. 

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