Taking on the role of an instructional coach has been the most challenging and the most rewarding professional decision I’ve made over the last seventeen years. Although I still provide stand-alone workshops and value them for specific purposes, I’ve realized that asking teachers to embrace change without providing them necessary support is often a waste of valuable resources. 

As a professional development model, coaching may seem fairly new to some, but the processes involved are often very common ones–in fact, most them are simply fundamental components of all good instruction. In my experience, implementing an effective coaching model has much more to do with the collective development of goals and outcomes, evaluation, reflective practice, and peer review than it does with training that can be provided within the confines of a single event. There are some wonderful workshops out there to be certain, and I enjoy attending them. But my work as a coach is better enriched by my personal learning network, professional literature, and the work that I’m completing as a member of my learning community.

Every coaching opportunity presents unique challenges and the needs of every district, building, teacher, and student are widely varied. I’ve learned that coaching well means learning much about the ways in which groups work, how to gather and make meaning from data, and how to position myself less as an expert to be followed and more often as a facilitator who can lend support. Also, coaching isn’t about leading conversation as much as it is about generating it. Honing my questioning and my listening skills has been important.

Over the last few months, several people have asked that I share my favorite coaching resources with them, and I’ve been meaning to post them here in response. I hope you find them as valuable as I have. I’m also happy to share the coaching models that I’ve developed this year and my processes for goal setting and program evaluation as well. Feel free to email me at stockmanangela@gmail.com if you are interested!



  1. Elizabeth Fisher Reply

    You have provided a wealth of resources here. Thank you! Just by following Jim Knight on Twitter, I already came across several of these. It makes me feel good that we are on the same page! Thanks again.

  2. I think it’s really exciting that others are considering this model locally, Liz. Good stuff.

  3. Yet again, I’m learning more powerful stuff from you, Angela. Thanks for being so willing to take risks and try new things and find new ways to improve instruction for the sake of kids and thanks so much for always being willing to share what you have done with others. Considering the fiscal state of things in NYS, with many districts going to a $0 Staff Development budget line, coaching is becoming more and more important. We must find ways to facilitate and support change while empowering teachers and administrators to make the work their own. I firmly believe that coaching is the way. Thank you for sharing all the resources. You have always served as a great role model for me and I’m glad to also call you friend. I will be emailing you for the model.

  4. Sure, Kate. I’ll share what I can…process for developing a model is probably more valuable than any one model, but I can share what I did, what program evaluation is showing in terms of strengths and points for modification, and resources I’m valuing along the way.

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