In 2017-18, the Hollister School District in central California asked us to lead two networks — one for instructional leadership teams (ILTs), which generally consist of principals, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches, and another network specifically for instructional coaches. In the latter network, we have been strengthening coaches’ ability to support teachers and to play a leading role in their ILT’s data analysis and goal-setting.
District leaders are pleased with how Partners is coordinating the professional learning happening in the two networks. “Giving instructional coaches their own professional learning community and a person from Partners to provide very purposeful training, with principals integrated into it, is a great model,” says Jennifer Wildman, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services for the district. “Many districts implement instructional coaching without clear objectives and support.”
In the coaches network, a Partners team member works with participants once per month in a group setting and provides four hours of individualized support per semester.