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Chapter 1: The Benefts of Coaching in Education 9

The Value of Coaching

Joyce and Shower’s studies and research, as well as the results of actual coaching taking place in school districts, show that successful coaching programs have expanded the culture of coaching in many school districts nationally and coaching programs internationally. The genesis of the role of instructional coach, hired specifcally to serve full-time in tandem with principals and staff developers, grew out of this research and the manifestation of its fndings in established coaching programs.

The value of collaboration among school staff members cannot be overstated. Schools have embraced coaching as an ideal staff-development tool to focus on the success of educators in doing their job of reaching students. Successful mentoring or coaching programs, team teaching, vertical teams, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), small learning communities and teams, and groups or titles from other nomenclature all speak to the growing need and value of educators gathering together in pursuit of learning.

These coaching programs rely on the concept, process, and importance of peer coaching, instruc-tional coaching, and content-specifc coaching, such as IT/informational technology, reading, math, or science coaching. There are literary specialists, reading specialists, professional staff developers, supervisors, and instructional leaders who together are making tremendous strides in not only the profession of teaching but the overall improvement of schools, learning, and student achievement.

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