Instructional Support

This module on Instructional Support introduces how two approaches to teacher professional development increase the capacity of teachers to target their instruction to meet the needs of students. The first example focuses on a grade level articulation meeting while the second example examines the implementation of a coaching model. These activities provide teachers the opportunity to consider the unique needs of migrant students and English learners and focus on realistic outcomes for improving student performance.


A grade level articulation meeting brings together all teachers of one grade (for example, all the 5th grade teachers)  to discuss what is working and what needs to be changed to improve student performance. Teachers share and discuss student data to determine the necessary steps to take in addressing gaps that may exist in students meeting language development and academic content standards.

 

Peer coaching brings together a classroom teacher and a teaching "coach" for planning, modeling, classroom observation and post-teaching reflection aimed at meeting the academic needs of their students The coaching provides the opportunity to address student needs by bringing a focus to the entire instructional process.

 

On the next pages, you'll first see how a grade level articulation meeting brings attention to the needs of specific students including English learners and migrant students. Then you'll see  the peer coaching process at the elementary and secondary level.