Instructional coaches focus on individual and group professional development of students to expand and refine the understanding of the instructions provided to them.
Depending on which subject matter they are providing augmentation for, instructional coaches are required to possess a master’s degree in them.
At times, instructional coaches may be present in classrooms to determine how well teachers are imparting instruction. However, most of the work of an instructional coach is in dedicated teacher training rooms.
To work in this position, one has to be exceptionally well-informed about the specific subject that one is providing instruction for.
Usually, a minimum of 8-10 years of teaching experience is needed to work at this position, along with a current state license in teaching.
Strong comprehension of teacher training methods and the ability to handle assessments are also important.
Working as an instructional coach, you will be performing some or all of the following duties:
Instructional Coach Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities
• Assist teachers in developing instructional practices to help them produce proficient learners
• Apply strength-based approaches to ensure that teachers’ specific fortes and weaknesses are focused upon
• Provide assistance with ongoing professional development during and after each school day
• Provide organized individual and group learning opportunities for teachers to assist them in weak areas
• Assist in analyzing student assessment data and designing instructional decisions based on assessment data
• Lead classroom motivation and management strategies
• Provide support in creating and implementing instructional materials in accordance to set curriculums
• Monitor intervention programs by observing teachers and providing them with constructive feedback
• Model lessons and encourage teachers by providing emotional and physical support
• Lead professional development sessions for teachers and support staff to build capacity to maintain effective learning environments
• Improve teaching and learning techniques by providing teachers with specifics regarding to lesson imparting techniques
• Improve authentic student engagement by developing classroom management practices and instructional delivery strategies
• Cultivate strong and purposeful relationships with school stakeholders to leverage influence and support
• Facilitate school-wide data collection in a variety of metrics to support tracking and evaluation of program implementation
• Serve as an on-site representative of instructional programs by ensuring comprehension of teaching models and its benefits