Instructional Coaches Program Approved
Allen ISD is introducing a new program next year designed to enhance classroom learning and instruction. The Board of Trustees approved the Instructional Coaching Program on Monday evening at their regular meeting. The coaching program will provide full-time additional support on each campus to help individual teachers and teams with the design and delivery of instruction.
“The purpose of the program,” according to Jennifer Wilhelm, assistant superintendent for learner services, “is to bring the best instructional practices directly to the teaching staff. As the district has grown, we have seen a need to expand services for teachers. The instructional coaches program will positively impact every Allen ISD student by providing campus-based support for our teaching staff.”
Under the program, certified and experienced teachers will be hired as instructional coaches on each district campus. One coach will be assigned to each of the 18 elementary schools, 2 will be assigned to each middle school, 3 will be assigned to the Lowery Center and 4 will be assigned to Allen High School for a total of 31 instructional coaches.
· Assisting teachers in using effective instructional strategies
· Planning with teams to meet the needs of all students
· Assisting teachers in aligning the curriculum
· Assisting teachers in developing standards based learning and assessments
· Providing support in using data from multiple measures to impact instructional decisions
· Supporting teachers in the analysis of data to identify and differentiate for the individual needs of students
“The instructional coaches program, which is used in many area school districts, is a significant investment in our teachers and ultimately in our students,” added Dr. Scott Niven, superintendent of schools. “We feel that this will help bring our instructional program to the next level.”