New York State’s teacher evaluation system has finally arrived and we all recognize that this is a time of transition and a time of opportunity. New York, like other states, is beginning to roll out assessments of teachers. Therefore, it is imperative for schools to consider on-going professional development where certified, educational coaches can work individually and in small groups with new and at-risk teachers. Coaches can help your teachers deliver high quality educational strategies that will increase their ranking.
For over 20 years, I’ve trained and counseled teachers in the New York City metropolitan area, Westchester County, and throughout the United States, at all grade levels K-12. Working cooperatively with both administrators and teachers, many of the schools where I was a consultant have won local and national awards for their ability to deliver high quality education. So, we know that coaching works!
When hiring any coach, be it for literacy, math, social studies or any other subject, make sure that they are accredited. I am both an educational and life coach from respected training institutes, such as iPEC, Corporate Coaching University and Cognitive Coaching. As districts offer professional development to all staff on Superintendents Day, or encourage teachers to take workshops, coaches should also be trained at multiple sites to get a deeper understanding of the different approaches that can be applied. Whatever the level of your teachers’ experience, highly trained coaches with the certification, skill, and know-how can help them be more successful.
If you would like to discuss this further, I’m available to hear about your needs or ways I can collaborate to meet your district’s goals. Please feel free to reach me at 914-636-0888, at email@example.com, or visit my website at classroomcoaches.com. You will discover that my expertise runs the gamut from curriculum to assessment, from literacy to math, and all the disciplines in-between.
We can all appreciate that this issue deserves our immediate attention.
Andi Stix is an educational consultant & coach who specializes in differentiation, interactive learning, writing across the curriculum, classroom coaching and gifted education. For further information on her specialties or social media, please email her on the Contact page.
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