Posted on 11/25/2014 at 10:59 AM by Liz Determan
This month let’s take a look at the relationship between the principal and the instructional coach. Learning Forward’s (formerly National Staff Development Council) Spring 2010 issue of The Learning Principal defines this relationship by the 3 C’s – Clarity, Communication and Collaboration.
CLARITY: It is important to mutually define the role of the instructional coach and the administrator’s and coach’s responsibilities. Several examples are provided in The Learning Principal’s article: Clarify the Coach’s Role: Solid partnership with principal is key to effectiveness.
COMMUNICATION: Communication is important throughout coaching endeavors – from how the role of the coach is communicated to the rest of the staff to the ongoing communication between the principal and coach.
COLLABOATION: Clear roles and ongoing communication lead to collaborative relationships. The principal-coach relationship requires listening, observing, setting goals, discussing philosophy, clarifying expectation and support.
Perhaps a deeper look at the 3 C’s can help schools continue to define and build a culture of coaching throughout their school focused on increasing student learning.
Other Related Articles:
- Coach – Administrator Relationship http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/109002/chapters/The-Coach%E2%80%93Administrator-Partnership.aspx
- Effective Collaboration Between Instructional Coaches and Principals http://www.balancedreading.com/Wren_&_Vallejo_Coach_Principal_Relatinships.pdf
- Principal Coach Relationship http://gcsdleadershipacademy.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/coaching-matters-ch-9.pdf
- Principal Support for Literacy Coaching http://www.literacycoachingonline.org/briefs/principalsupportfinal3-22-07.pdf
- Building a Teaming Approach http://www.mespa.net/Literacy_Building_a_Teaming_Relationship.html