Coaching

Especially for folks just beginning the PBL journey, coaching is vital to the sustainability of their PBL practice and should be integrated into any implementation plan. We have several case studies of coaching leading to the success of a PBL initiative or the lack of coaching resulting in the demise of a PBL initiative. In everything we do, we believe customization is key, which is why we offer a variety of coaching options designed to meet the different needs of our partners. Explore our different coaching options to find which PBL professional development best fits your school and/or district.”


Why We Believe in Coaching

As noted by NWEA, two decades of efficacy studies show there is immense value in providing educators with coaching support after initial professional learning.

  • 80-90% rate of new skill implementation when coaching support and follow-up are provided
  • 19% or less rate of new skill implementation without coaching support and follow-up

Citations: Joyce and Showers, 1996; Fouts, 2003; Stinnett and Zenger, 2007.

“Coaching is an essential component of an effective professional development program. Coaching can build will, skill, knowledge, and capacity because it can go where no other professional development has gone before: into the intellect, behaviors, practices, beliefs, values, and feelings of an educator. Coaching creates a relationship in which a client feels cared for and is therefore able to access and implement new knowledge. A coach can foster conditions in which deep reflection and learning can take place, where a teacher can take risks to change her practice, where powerful conversations can take place and where growth is recognized and celebrated.”- Elena Aguilar, The Art of Coaching

How Coaching Can Impact Teachers, Principals, and Students


Coaching Testimonials

“One word-Spark! The coaching we received from Diane was the spark that kept our fire going! We were so excited to implement PBL when school started, but after our first project was over January came. We were in the dark of what to do next. The coaching sessions helped shed some light on the face that we had to give that voice and choice back to our students. Our students, with Diane’s guidance, not only gave back to our community with their next project, but they were able to touch the lives of students they had never even met.”

-Anne Soden, 5th grade facilitator, Seneca Intermediate School, Seneca, MO

“I think the ongoing support we’ve received through the PBL coaching is really the key to our success. We have hit   some major bumps in the road and having Diane available to talk us through those has kept us moving forward.”

-Holli Sears, 5th Grade Math, Science, & Social Studies, Seneca Intermediate Facilitator, Seneca, MO


Our Coaching Process

1. Attend a PBL Training

Attend our PBL Jumpstart at an Open PBL Workshop or an On-Site Training and develop a foundation for implementing project-based learning.

2. Meet with a PBL Coach

Once your school has signed a coaching contract, you will be paired up with your PBL Coach. You will meet either in person or virtually.

3. Receive Ongoing PBL Support

Based on your coaching contract, you will receive either weekly or monthly coaching support to address your PBL questions and need to knows. You have ongoing access to your coach.

4. Increase your PBL Knowledge

As you work with your PBL coach, you’ll be given instruction and guidance on how to deepen your understanding of PBL. You’ll also have access to PBL Web Sessions, which provide further support and training.

5. Grow your PBL Practice

Your time spent with your coach as well as the time you invest applying his/her feedback will help you to grow as a facilitator and improve your practice of PBL in the classroom.

 


Tier 1 Coaching: On-Demand Coaching

  • Weekly Virtual Sessions

    • You and your staff will have weekly virtual meetings with an experienced PBL facilitator to cover your progress in the PBL process as well as to answer need to knows. You can build your professional development around your specific PBL needs each week and have the guidance of a trained PBL facilitator to walk you through them.
  • PBL Web Sessions

    • You and your staff will have yearly access to our PBL Web Sessions, which cover the basics of project-based learning. These web sessions cover standard need to knows we regularly encounter in our training sessions with educators. You and your staff can move through them at your own pace. They provide specific action points as well as a variety of resources to extend your PBL learning.
  • Ongoing access to a coach via email, text, or phone

    • As you and your staff implement PBL, you will have access to an “on call” experienced PBL facilitator. They will provide support and coaching for immediate need to knows or challenges that may arise in the day to day process of developing a PBL culture.

Tier 2 Coaching: Intermediate Coaching

  • Monthly Virtual Sessions

    • You and your staff will have monthly virtual sessions with an experienced PBL facilitator who will help you work through the challenges of implementation as well as answer need to knows that are developed over the course of each month. You can build monthly professional development around these meetings.
  • PBL Web Sessions

    • You and your staff will have yearly access to our PBL Web Sessions, which cover the basics of project-based learning. These web sessions cover standard need to knows we regularly encounter in our training sessions with educators. You and your staff can move through them at your own pace. They provide specific action points as well as a variety of resources to extend your PBL learning.

Tier 3 Coaching: Basic Coaching

  • Monthly Virtual Sessions

    • You and your staff will have monthly virtual sessions with an experienced PBL facilitator who will help you work through the challenges of implementation as well as answer need to knows that are developed over the course of each month. You can build monthly professional development around these meetings.

Face to Face Coaching*

  • Customized Days

    • Our customized days provide on-site experienced PBL facilitators who will work with you and your staff to address specific PBL needs. The day is tailored to address your need to knows or to implement specific training around school wide learning outcomes and initiatives. We craft a training session that is unique to you and your staff.

*This option can be added to any of the three tiers.

 


Contact Information

If you have any questions or are interested in our Coaching Options contact Ryan Steuer:

Email: ryan.steuer@magnifylearningin.org

Phone: (317) 319-1849


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