Instructional Coaching Tools

“Coaching is an essential component of an effective professional development program. Coaching can build will, skill, knowledge, and capacity because it can go where no other professional development has gone before: into the intellect, behaviors, practices, beliefs, values, and feelings of an educator. Coaching creates a relationship in which a client feels cared for and is therefore able to access and implement new knowledge. A coach can foster conditions in which deep reflection and learning can take place, where a teacher can take risks to change her practice, where powerful conversations can take place and where growth is recognized and celebrated.”            

— Elena Aguilar,  The Art of Coaching:  Effective Strategies for School Transformation. (p. 8)

Please feel free to utilize the resources on this page to help you plan for coaching conversations and professional learning experiences for your teachers. Happy coaching!                                                                                                                          – Tagrid


Low inference & reflection template New!! Lesson observation template based on The Gradual Release of Responsibility along with reflection questions to guide debriefs. (I suggest that you copy back to back; both coach and teacher should use this form to reflect on the lesson to identify next steps.)

Questions to ask school leaders and teachers – Beginning of Year


Questions to ask during debriefing conference

Coaching Sentence Stems (by Elena Aguilar)

Questions to ask a new teacher in your cycle from Elena Aguilar’s site.

Observation-and-feedback-cycle- Information sheet on how to take low inference notes


Coaching_Kick-Off_initial meeting with teacher (from Kristen Houser)


Teacher Reflections at the End of a Coaching Cycle

Assessment Data-Analysis-Worksheet


Observation checklists for all 5 pillars Great tool!!

PD workshop survey

To find more details about your school’s data and be able to print out a PDF of a customized data report, go to: New York State Education Department -Data

Article about my work as a Universal Literacy Reading Coach