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TTAC at Radford University

Coaching Academy

Strength through Collaborative Partnerships

Application Deadline is May 30, 2018
Applicants will be notified by June 7, 2018

Instructional coaches are positioned to make a positive difference for teachers and the teaching profession. With strategic support, they can work effectively and efficiently to impact teaching and learning. The Instructional Coaching Academy focuses on the skills and structures needed for instructional coaching to be successful and for teachers to thrive. This is the third year the VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at Radford University is offering the academy. Here are just a few things past participants had to say about their past experience.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this academy. It has been so worthwhile that I dread its end. I have grown professionally and personally. I would recommend this training to anyone and would participate in more opportunities myself.”

– Region 7 Instructional Coach

“Through this course, I have gained a much deeper understanding of the role of instructional coaching for sustained change in practice.”

– Region 7 Instructional Coach

“I really enjoyed attending the coaching academy. It has been extremely beneficial in my efforts to refine my coaching skills.”

– Region 6 Instructional Coach

“The overall Instructional Coaching Academy has been very beneficial to my job. I have learned so many new skills that I will be able to apply.”

– Region 6 Instructional Coach

The Content

Three Main Topics

Foundational Principles of Coaching and Partnership:

  • Establishing healthy working relationships with teachers and principals
  • Facilitating complex change for instructional success
  • Creating a culture of collaboration and dialogue
  • Fostering a growth mindset for teachers and students

Nuts and Bolts of Instructional Coaching:

  • Implementing a flexible coaching cycle
  • Using tools, protocols, surveys, and progress monitoring

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Establishing partnership and trust
  • Communicating to invite reflection and collaboration
  • Assisting inquiry based embedded professional learning
  • Recognizing and supporting teachers' expertise

Intensive Learning Experience

Participants will leave the two-day kickoff with tools and skills to begin implementation of a successful instructional coaching plan in their school or division. The subsequent sessions will deepen skills, trouble shoot obstacles to implementation and offer on-going support through personalized coaching and a Community of Practice. Through this experience, coaches will gain insight into the power of one-on-one coaching, small group workshops, and Community of Practice groups.

Face-to-Face Meetings

  • Two-day kickoff – August 20 - 21 Region 6 / August 22 - 23 Region 7

Community of Practice

  • November through March – monthly one hour virtual meetings
  • Content and structure will be based on group consensus and hosted by the VDOE’s TTAC at Radford University

 Consultation and/or Coaching Sessions to Support Implementation

  • Upon request
  • Personalized
  • Confidential      

The Attendees

The Instructional Coaching Academy is designed to meet the needs of instructional coaches, consulting teachers, site-based professional developers, itinerant teachers, administrators and any personnel serving in a coaching/consulting/mentoring role. The academy is ideal for school-based implementation to offer embedded professional growth opportunities. 

Participant Expectations

  • Participate fully in all learning experiences (50 hours over 10 months)
  • Apply learning to work in schools
  • Collaborate with peers in a community of practice to support application and assessment of learning
  • Assess and contribute evidence of impact

To Apply

Deadline May 30, 2018
Applicants will be notified by June 7, 2018

For More Information

Ruth McLachlan –

Lauren Catherwood-Ginn –

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