Instructional Coaching programs are usually initiated because a school/district/or outside agency has a DREAM or vision to add instructional coaching positions as a support system for the educators in the building. Coaching can be somewhat of an isolated position, especially if there are minimal coaches at a school. Collaboration among coaches is just as important as collaboration among other groups of like-minded educators.
Last night a dream of mine, an Instructional Coach’s chat (#educoach), was started on Twitter in order to provide coaches with a place to come together to share ideas and resources, gain insight to challenges, and to connect globally with others interested in the area of instructional coaching. The first night was a great success. The chat ran smoothly thanks to the help of moderators @PrinicipalJ and @shiraleibowitz. An archive of the chat can be found here. Other resources can be found on the Instructional Coach’s chat Wiki. The wiki is a work in progress. More resources will be added. Wiki members, please feel free to add resources!
Not only was the chat well attended by many interested in instructional coaching, we were treated to a visit from three well know authors in the area of instructional coaching and teacher & administrator development. Twitter may be a FREE resource, but I’ve learned over the course of the last year you get far more than you pay for! Where else, but on Twitter, could we have had the opportunity to learn from each other and Jim Knight, Steve Barkley and Todd Whitaker for FREE all in one short hour! All three gentleman embody the qualities of effective instructional coaches. Their work and research has enabled them to gain a clear understanding of an instructional coach’s position, yet they portray themselves as partners and learners in this field, not experts with the only answers. Thank you, Jim, Steve and Todd for joining us! I know I speak for all – join us ANYTIME!
If you have an interest in instructional coaching, please join us on Wednesday’s at 9:00 PM CST. Weekly topics will be announced on Twitter prior to the chat. Soon we will be setting up voting polls for topics to ensure we are fulfilling the needs of chat participants! Weekly archives will be posted on the Instructional Coaches Wiki. Check out the Instructional Coaches Participants page to connect with others interested in this area of education. Feel free to add your contact information!
We looking forward to the BLOOMING of the Instructional Coach’s Chat! Please consider joining us! If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats (or even if you are familiar) I encourage you to check out @AngelaMaiers blog post: Are Twitter Chats Part of your Social Media Strategy? Angela mentions:
“In just one chat session, you could:
- learn – expanding your knowledge, thinking, and influence
- connect or reconnect future clients or colleagues
- be found by new audiences
- display your expertise
- position your value in the marketplace
- have the opportunity to help someone
- become a better question-asker
- discover a passion or develop a new interest
- grow the reach of your network
- expose yourself to new points of view and perspectives
- make someone’s day
- HAVE FUN!!!!!”
Who could ask for anything more! And it is FREE!