Instructional Coaching

inst coachingCTL’s Instructional Coaching program equips teacher leaders to fulfill formal instructional coaching roles, developing the capacity to promote professional growth in their colleagues. The overall goal is to help teachers and teacher leaders improve classroom practice and student learning. The program incorporates national standards for coaches drawn from the work of the International Reading Association, as well as research and professional literature on teacher leadership.

Teacher leaders engaged in the work explore multiple themes related to coaching, including gathering, analyzing and applying classroom data to guide colleagues in continuous instructional improvement; observing and providing feedback to teachers; supporting and extending the work of professional learning communities; and functioning as part of the school leadership team. CTL’s Instructional Coaching Program includes:

  • Formal professional development over multiple years, with ongoing job-embedded mentoring and co-planning over the same period of time
  • Virtual learning and support including webinars
  • Access to CTL’s coaching model guidebook and materials
  • Guided interactions with school and district leaders aimed at mutual understanding and support
  • Gradual release to independent coaching across content areas and initiatives

The model is most effective when districts work collaboratively to pool resources and establish a network of instructional coaches.


CTL has developed and implemented a comprehensive coaching model as a result of various federal research and PL projects including multiple Striving Readers Grants and Promise Neighborhoods. Grant

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