This year, that ideal has changed due to budget cuts and now we are carrying two coaches. One full time instructional coach (me) and an instructional technology coach. We opted for the technology coach so we could begin digitally warehousing and sharing information on-line, and promote self-learning opportunities. This cut has us relying more heavily on lead teachers who run PD in their content area at their grade level. With that said, they also have full-time teaching responsibilities. Therefore, without coaches with release time, we have gone from substantial in class coaching to virtually none. What implications this will hold are forthcoming.
So, to prepare, I have four ideas:
#1 Capture, edit, and upload as many videos as possible from classrooms and warehouse them on our Setting the Standard ning.
#3 Form PLC’s based on needs and passions rather than by grade levels.
#4 Lead our teachers to be self-directed learners, avid readers, collaborative workers, and community contributors.