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ERIC Number: EJ758291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Five Elements Combine in a Formula for Coaching: South Carolina Initiative Carves out Time for Science and Math Coaches in Schools
Dempsey, Nan
Journal of Staff Development, v28 n2 p10-13 Spr 2007
In 2003, the Mathematics and Science Unit of the South Carolina Department of Education developed the Mathematics and Science Coaching Initiative. The model--one coach, one school, one content area--requires participating schools to commit to a three-year partnership. The three-year commitment ensures sufficient time for coaching to become an integral part of the school. In Spartanburg School District Three, administrators and Pacolet Elementary School Principal Martha Thomason analyzed the school's test data and reviewed the school's improvement goals. The group decided the school needed a greater emphasis on science, and Pacolet Elementary emerged as a science coaching school. Teachers, however, needed a way to learn that would not add to the time pressures they felt already. By using time within the school day for coaching, Pacolet found the answer to the conundrum. Pacolet employed five strategies to create time for coaching: buying time, using common time, freeing time, embedding time, and using existing time more effectively. Pacolet Elementary's willingness to find time for coaching appears to have paid great dividends both in student learning and in teacher learning. Teachers and teaching at the school have changed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina