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ERIC Number: ED499062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
Making a Difference: Year Two Report of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative
Brown, Diane; Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Hugh, Roseann; Christman, Jolley Bruce; Riffer, Morgan; du Plessis, Pierre; Maluk, Holly Plastaras
Research for Action
The Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative (PAHSCI) seeks to improve student achievement in high-need high schools across Pennsylvania by enhancing the teaching of literacy skills across subject areas. It is ambitious in its scope as a statewide initiative and distinctive in its direct focus on instruction as the pathway to improving secondary education. The program's design relies on instructional coaching, professional development, and mentoring, and the Penn Literacy Network's framework to yield both intermediate and, over time, long term positive outcomes. Research for Action is conducting a three year evaluation study of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative (PAHSCI) that includes survey research as well as in-depth qualitative research in participating schools and districts. This report presents findings from the first two years of research and provides recommendations for PAHSCI stakeholders as they refine the program and for other education reformers as they consider the benefits of instructional coaching as a strategy for improving high schools and student achievement. (Contains 47 footnotes, 7 figures, and 1 table. Appended are the following: (1) Participating Districts and Schools 2006-6007; (2) Research Methodology; (3) PLN Strategies; and (4) Recommendations and Updates.) [Research assistance for this report was provided by Timothy Victor and Emmanuel Angel.]
Research for Action. 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Tel: 215-823-2500; Fax: 215-823-2510; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania