Recent meta-analysis of research on literacy instructional coaching of elementary school teachers by Kraft, Blazar, & Hogan indicates that the practice has statistically promising outcomes for the improvement of practice, and subsequent academic gains for students. It is a challenging form of professional development, but potential gains as measured by this review of the literature suggests that it is a worthy investment of time and effort. Five benefits of instructional coaching were identified, for such professional development is:
4. context-specific, and
We in the TWIN-CS community have observed this first-hand, and continued to reform and improve the practice. We invite you to watch Professor Kraft discuss his research in this interview by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
-Mary Bridget Burns