How to Lead Effective Professional Development as an Instructional Coach
Any educator wants to ‘wow’ the room when leading professional development. But, it isn’t often as easy as it looks.
Whether you are an experienced presenter or a first-timer, it helps to have plan. As part of their “5 Minute Friday” segment, Eduro Learning details seven strategies to transform any instructor into a successful professional development coach.
Every session should begin with a warm-up.
It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. The goal should be to help teachers transition from school into this new setting. Organization is critical. Have an agenda that is visible for all participants. Include any relevant resources. As a professional development coach, this will keep everyone focused and engaged. A portion of this schedule should include a hands-on activity that gets people up and moving. Not only does this break up long days, but it can also push teachers out of their routine and comfort zone. A professional development coach should offer opportunities to practice and implement the skills being taught. Leaders should model the desired behaviors throughout the session without forgetting that everyone has something to offer. Encourage sharing amongst peers. Finally, Eduro Learning advocates actionable, key takeaways as part of the closing session.