• Instructional Coaching 2019-20
     “When teachers stop learning, so do students"- Jim Knight

    Instructional coaches have merged with site mentors! In the past, site mentors worked with Year 1 and Year 2 teachers new to the district, while instructional coaches worked with veteran teachers and paraeducators. This year, the instructional coaches are working with both groups. We are here to support teacher growth and improve student learning. Our focus is on equity and access with the intent to serve all our students!


    Instructional coaches will partner with educators to reflect upon, deepen, and broaden their instructional practices. As a result, our students will master core competencies while increasing opportunities for learning and narrowing the achievement gaps.

    Instructional Coaching encourages collaboration and reflective practices, embeds professional learning that promotes positive cultural change, increases data used to inform practice, and keeps the focus on teaching and learning.  As instructional coaches, our work is meant to be non-evaluative, collaborative, supportive, and focused on the needs of participants. Coaching is optional, do you want to improve your practice?

    Our goals:

    • Support teachers to improve student learning 
    • Support teachers to narrow gaps in student achievement
    • Improve adult learning
    • Improve the instructional delivery of state-adopted content standards
    • Improve school and classroom culture

    Our services include:

    • One-on-one coaching
    • Small-Group Learning Cohorts-(Paid After School)
    • Instructional Rounds
    • PLC/Instructional Team Support

    Monthly Topics for this year:

    • Building Culture and Community-Sept/Oct
    • Teacher Clarity- November
    • High Expectations-December
    • Differentiation & Structuring Academic Conversations-January
    • Feedback-March
    • Creating Independent Learners-April
    • Checking for Understanding-May

    Fall Site Based Learning cohorts: (required for all Year 1 and Year 2 Teachers, optional for everyone else)


    Redwood/San Andreas




    Building Culture and Community in the Classroom

    9/25, 3:30-5:00

    Redwood, Rm 182

    10/3, 3:45-5:15

    Rm 406

    10/3 3:45-5:15

    Rm 303

    10/4, 7:50-8:50


    Teacher Clarity

    11/6, 3:30-5:00

    San Andreas, MP Rm

    11/7, 3:45-5:15

    Rm 406

    11/5, 3:45-5:15

    Rm 303

    11/8, 7:50-8:50


    High Expectations

    12/3, 3:30-5:00

    Redwood, Rm 182

    12/4, 3:45-5:15

    Rm 406


    Rm 303

    12/6, 7:50-8:50


    Questions/ Need Support?: Contact Lisa Kemp & Paula Berry (Redwood), Jennifer Dolan & Chelsea Springer (Tam), Sue Fox & Chizzie Brown (Drake), Paula Berry (Tamiscal, Adult Ed), Chris French (District Math Coach and San Andreas)