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ERIC Number: ED504284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 72
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 36
Links to Learning and Sustainability: Year Three Report of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative
Brown, Diane; Reumann-Moore, Rebecca; Hugh, Roseann; Christman, Jolley Bruce; Riffer, Morgan
Research for Action
Research for Action's third and final report completes a three-year evaluation study of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative (PAHSCI). This report presents lessons from the PAHSCI model of school-based instructional coaching and mentoring as a vehicle for job-embedded professional learning. Reporting from an analysis using qualitative methods including interviews of teachers and coaches and observations of classroom lessons, the report examines the influence of coaching on the implementation of research-based literacy practices applicable across the content areas. It explores student engagement and coaching's contribution to teachers' ability to reflect on and change classroom practice. Finally, this report discusses the strengths and challenges of PAHSCI's influence on the individual, the school, the district and the state to link learning and build sustainability. The report consists of six sections. Section 1 revisits the PAHSCI vision, goals, and design and presents the PAHSCI Theory of Change. Section 2 focuses on the instructional coaches central to the PAHSCI model, including the evolution of the coach's role over the three years, the challenges coaches faced, and how they and the Initiative responded. Section 3 takes the reader inside PAHSCI classrooms to examine how teachers' instructional practices link to student engagement and learning. Section 4 identifies elements of the PAHSCI model that help sustain instructional change. Section 5 looks at the roles that have been played by individuals (teachers, coaches, mentors, administrators), organizations (Initiative partners, schools, districts), and the Pennsylvania Department of Education and advisory boards to both link and sustain PAHSCI learning and leadership. And finally, Section 6 provides a model showing the developmental stages of implementing PAHSCI, revisits the Theory of Change, and summarizes important lessons from this Initiative. Appended are: (1) Participating Districts and Schools 2007-2008; (2) Research Methodology, including Questionnaires and Event Observations and Evaluations; (3) Highlights from Years One and Two; (4) PLN [Penn Literacy Network] Strategies: Brief Descriptions; (5) Visitation Rubric; (6) English and Math Teachers' Report of Weekly PLN Use; and (7) Participants' List of Focus Areas. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, and 82 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Action
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania