Coaches & Admin: The Key to Sustaining Effective Instruction
There is an old adage in education surrounding professional development: “This too shall pass…” Most teachers have experienced the one-day workshop wherein great ideas are shared, only to never be implemented in the classroom. While fads come and go, one thing has staying power, research-based effective teaching strategies!
Educators who have received training from BeGLAD know the powerful impact it has on student learning, and are excited to implement the strategies in their classrooms. That said, without the support of the administration and instructional coaches, at times other priorities can arise and implementation becomes less sustainable. The role of the administration and instructional coaches is paramount to keeping up solid instructional practices that really make a difference in learning.
Three Ways Administrators Can Build Sustainability
Each school works in partnership. The educators in the school, including the teachers, assistants, and administration, partner with each other and support each other in the important work they do. The school, as an organization partners with families and the community to support the students we serve. The school also partners with the school board and district administration to ensure the success of each child. The partnership that administrators have with teachers in the school will build the sustainability to keep effective instruction at the forefront.
Set expectations and provide support
Administrators set the tone and instructional expectations for the school. By making teachers aware that you expect that they use effective instructional strategies, you set a priority on instruction and instructional practices. In staff meetings, in newsletters or emails, continue to make teachers aware of the importance of implementing BeGLAD strategies, and focusing on building deep content knowledge while building language and literacy skills. In addition, provide support to teachers by making sure that they have what they need to effectively utilize the strategies, including time and material resources.
Inspect what you expect
Conduct walk-through observations or wisdom walks to ensure that effective instruction is being implemented. By going into classrooms, you have the opportunity to see strategies being implemented throughout the day. In addition, you will see evidence on the walls, with high levels of academic language and rich content being displayed. The students will also be able to articulate what they are learning about and how they are learning!
Celebrate and spread the word!
Sharing data from walk-throughs and wisdom walks, and celebrating the fantastic work of your teachers and students will go a long way in building a culture of learning. Use every opportunity possible, including in meetings, through informal conversations, and in communications with parents, staff, and the school district to share the successes in implementing GLAD in your school.
Three Ways Coaches Can Support GLAD Implementation
Build Rapport and Be Supportive, Listen Carefully, and Get Into Classrooms! Keep reading to see how.
Build Rapport and Be Supportive
One of the most effective ways coaches can help build sustainability is to develop relationships with teachers and be on their side. Coaches have a wealth of experience and knowledge about teaching and learning, and they can utilize that knowledge and experience to support teachers and students. Coaches can help teachers find resources, create materials needed for instruction, help to plan lessons, and share lesser-known strategies that may be of interest and help to teachers and students.
Listening is a critical skill in coaching. Let’s face it, most people listen to respond, not listen to understand. It is vital that, as coaches, we listen to what teachers are saying and what their needs are. In addition, we should be listening for what teachers are NOT saying, and look for ideas and tools that may be of help to them. Through active listening, we can find out what teachers need in the moment, and work to help meet those needs.
Get into Classrooms
The coaching cycle is a powerful tool to build teacher confidence in integrating the effective instructional strategies from BeGLAD. The coaching cycle consists of a pre-meeting, wherein the coach and the teacher discuss the lesson, plan together, and determine the focus; the lesson, and implementation of the strategies; and the post-lesson debrief, to discuss the lesson and strategies implemented. During the lesson itself, the coach can demonstrate strategies, co-teach strategies with the teacher, or observe strategy implementation and provide feedback.
You Got This!
Both administrators and coaches play a pivotal role in supporting teachers to implement solid, research-based instruction that builds the content knowledge and language skills students need to be successful in today’s world. By creating a deep culture of effective instruction, providing support to teachers to implement effective strategies, and celebrating each other and the success of our students, we can build long-term sustainability.
Meet Project GLAD Co-Creators Marcia Brechtel & Linnea Haley!
For the first time in history, Marcia Brechtel & Linnea Haley share their stories and how they created Project GLAD. We are honored and humbled to be part of their journey, spreading GLAD far & wide to educators around the world. As the only organization endorsed by Marcia Brechtel & Linnea Haley, it is our mission to help the world Be GLAD.
Project GLAD Origin Story
Project GLAD® was developed by Marcia Brechtel and Linnea Haley in the 1980's and was originally called Project GLEP (Guided Language Experience Process). Their unique perspectives and styles allowed for a comprehensive and amazing program to be created. They formulated this model to focus on academic language acquisition, literacy development, and building cross-cultural skills. Brechtel and Haley designed the strategies and model to specifically target and promote rapid growth with groundbreaking efficiency.
Cultivate Authentic Engagement with Brainpower and Cultural Awareness
Your kids may be doing the work, but are they authentically engaged? How can you intentionally support them as they take charge of their learning? An effective way for our students to become insightful is by teaching them about the brain. When they gain self-awareness and understand how the brain works, they can take charge of their learning and embrace productive struggle. In Part 1, we focus on the Basics to Brainpower. In Part 2, we enrich perspective by explaining how Deep Culture drives information processing. The relationship between the two cultivates authentic engagement and transformational learning communities.
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