IEE can provide Early Literacy Coaches for your Intermediate School District
The Institute for Excellence in Education (IEE) has a long and very successful track record of providing Instructional Coaches to support classroom teachers. At the heart of our coaching lies the passion to foster self-directed teachers who are both efficacious and highly effective in their craft. All IEE coaches are trained and skilled in using Cognitive Coachingsm which builds relationships with teachers while honoring their knowledge and skills.
Early elementary teachers will find IEE coaches to be approachable, highly skilled, willing to listen and provide support for them to plan and reflect on their lessons. Our coaches do not come in as consultants, rather as coaches who provide time and space to mediate the thinking of teachers. IEE coaches employ the skillful use of pausing, paraphrasing and posing powerful questions to prompt the thinking of others. Very simply, consultants support through “telling or presenting” cognitive coaches support by listening and posing mediative questions. The research is very clear that Cognitive Coachingsm results in self-directed individuals.
Joyce and Showers (2002) report that teachers who are coached implement 95% of what they plan in an coaching session in contrast to implementing only 5% of what a consultant recommends they do. Let IEE coaches support your ISD’s teachers so they can help all their students reach high academic achievement.
Let IEE train your Early Literacy Coaches
Already have on staff Early Literacy Coaches? IEE can provide training to help your coaches be highly effective in supporting elementary teachers in your schools. While it is important for coaches to possess knowledge and skills in early literacy, it isn’t enough! Very often coaches attempt to change the behaviors/actions of teachers and are frequently disappointed in the results as teachers behaviors remain essentially unchanged.
That is why content knowledge must be coupled with the ability to coach thinking, because all behavior is preceded by thought. IEE has on staff, certified Cognitive Coachingsm trainers who have trained hundreds of coaches throughout Michigan and other states. Our trainers can teach your Early Literacy Coaches to help teachers plan and reflect on their practice through the use of pausing, paraphrasing and posing mediative questions. Participants often report that the Cognitive Coachingsm training is a life-changing experience. Your coaches will learn to navigate The Planning Conversation and Reflective Conversation maps during a four-day session and return with tremendous skills and a passion to support the thinking of classroom teachers.
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