Help your coaching program achieve its potential

By Joellen Killion
October 2020
Vol. 41, No. 5
While coaching programs have expanded and become a common approach to continuous learning for strengthening professional practice and student success, their infrastructures still need work. For coaching to deeply transform practice and push through to results for students, school system leaders must build, remodel, and maintain a foundation that ensures coaching will succeed. In the new edition of our book Coaching Matters (Learning Forward, 2020), Chris Bryan, Heather Clifton, and I explore the elements that ensure coaching is successful. Extending the framework we presented in the first edition, we explain how school and system leaders can build, remodel, and evaluate their coaching programs based on a set of critical elements. Taken together, these elements serve as the scaffold that any leader can use, whether implementing

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Joellen Killion ( is senior advisor to Learning Forward. In each issue of JSD, Killion explores a recent research study to help practitioners understand the impact of particular professional learning practices on student outcomes.

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