ERIC Number: ED329518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Peer Coaching To Enhance the Effectiveness of Bilingual Education Teachers.
In an effort to deliver practical staff development opportunities to bilingual education teachers and build a support system for them, a peer coaching inservice workshop model was developed. Over a period of one school year, about 40 elementary bilingual and English-as-a-second-language teachers participated in a 6-session workshop series with a peer coaching component. Released time was given to the teachers for these sessions. The workshop format included time for the teachers to explore their latest cycle of peer coaching as a whole group, explaining practices they had observed their peers using which they considered worthy of dissemination to other bilingual education teachers. They also reflected orally and in writing on their own observing, coaching, and conferencing skills. In each segment of the workshop series, whole group presentations, role-playing, brainstorming, small group activities, independent activities, and group sharing of actual teaching strategies and lessons were used by the participants as instructional vehicles for the concepts to be mastered. Each workshop ended with a segment on principles and strategies to support the peer coaching component of the project. Written comments from teachers indicated that, for them, the most valuable component of this staff development program was the opportunity to observe and give feedback to one another. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (15th, Orlando, FL, November 16-20, 1990).