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Research shows that when coaching accompanies training, teachers transfer 80 to 90 percent of what they learn into the classroom, compared to only 5 to 10 percent with training alone (Joyce and Showers, 1995). Teachers of all experience levels benefit from coaching and mentoring programs, which are cost-effective ways to make a vast impact on teacher quality and student achievement. Our research-based resources guide you through each step of developing an instructional coaching or mentoring program, and training coaches in their work. From our experience in thousands of districts, we passionately believe that instructional coaching is the foundational element you need to successfully implement any school improvement initiative.

Instructional Coaching: School-Based Staff Development for Improved Teacher and Student

This 4-part program featuring Joellen Killion, Jim Knight, and Stephen Barkley provides sound guidelines and a proven, research-based framework for creating and sustaining an instructional coaching program within a school system. The guidelines presented apply to any coaching program, whether in literacy, math, school improvement, learning facilitation, data, or assessment. With the wealth of information this resource presents, it is the most comprehensive and in-depth product available for establishing a coaching program and training coaches in their work. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the PD 360 video program, “Instructional Coaching

Effective Mentoring: Building Learning-Focused Relationships PD 360 Video Program

Mentoring benefits every teacher—from a first year novice to an experienced veteran. Giving new teachers a mentor provides them with the support they need as they begin their teaching careers and dramatically reduces turnover rates. Experienced teachers often find that acting as a mentor revives their own love of teaching. Featuring experts Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman, this comprehensive program trains expert teachers to be outstanding mentors by showing them how to provide the support, coaching, and encouragement new teachers need. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the 13-part PD 360 video program, “Effective Mentoring

Teacher Induction, Mentoring, and Renewal PD 360 Video Program

Prevent isolation and burnout by giving your teachers the support they need. This resource featuring Harry Wong helps you implement successful induction, mentoring, and renewal programs, which provide the support necessary to retain and revitalize teachers. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the 7-part PD 360 video program, “Teacher Induction, Mentoring, and Renewal

Cognitive Coaching PD Video Program

Cognitive coaching is a model that enables educators to improve their practice by understanding their own beliefs and gaining better problem-solving skills. An ideal companion to Instructional Coaching, this program presented by Arthur Costa and Robert Garmston explains everything you and your teachers need to know to effectively utilize Cognitive Coaching. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the 9-part PD 360 video program, “Cognitive Coaching

PD 360 Professional Development On Demand

PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource, is an online library of research-based professional development programs. The programs are broken into hundreds of searchable segments that empower teachers to access instant answers and individualized support. PD 360 allows teachers and leaders to move through differentiation training at their own pace, and digitized facilitator guides make it simple for professional learning communities to prepare more than 30 research-based training sessions around differentiated instruction.

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    Reading Comprehension Strategies Teaching reading comprehension to your students is not a one-size-fits-all prospect. In fact, teaching your students a variety of strategies for improving their...

  • Stephen Barkley

      Stephen Barkley brings over 30 years of experience in education to his consultations and seminars. Beginning his career as an elementary school teacher, Barkley is...

  • Robert Garmston

    Cognitive Coaching Robert J. Garmston is a professor emeritus of education administration at California State University and has given presentations and workshops for educators and professionals...

  • Jim Knight

    Instructional Coaching Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group....

  • Harry Wong

    Teacher Induction, Mentoring, and Renewal Dr. Harry K. Wong is one of education’s most motivating speakers. Dr. Wong is an educator with over three decades of...

  • Arthur L. Costa

    Cognitive Coaching and Teaching Intelligent Behaviors: Habits of Mind Dr. Arthur L. Costa is a Professor of Education, Emeritus from California State University Sacramento. Dr. Costa...

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