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ERIC Number: ED478744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 60
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Improving Instructional Capacity through School-Based Reform Coaches.
Coggins, Celine Toomey; Stoddard, Pamela; Cutler, Elisabeth
This report presents the results of a study that examined the role and activities of reform coaches. Positions for reform coaches have been developed in a number of schools and districts in the San Francisco Bay Area through the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC). The study examined the reform coach role, the functions it provides to the system, and its potential as a capacity-building strategy. Three sets of questions guided the study. (1) What does the role of the reform coach look like? What functions do reform coaches perform? (2) How do they negotiate their role in the system? (3) In what areas are coaches experiencing success in capacity building? In what areas are they experiencing the greatest challenges? Data for the study were collected from case studies of a sample of reform coaches in the BASRC network and from surveys of the larger population of coaches working in BASRC schools and districts. Findings suggest that reform coaches carry out important functions in the process of improving teachers and learning in schools by building leadership capacity for instructional improvement, knowledge management, and boundary spanning, and by directly coaching teachers and building capacity for instructional support. (Contains 34 references.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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