Coaching is a distinct field of inquiry that serves
as a foundation for all professional development.
The work of QIT coaches is primarily on of facilitation
and collaboration. Although successful teachers and
leaders themselves, coaches do not necessarily act
as “experts”, but rather as collaborative
problem solvers and facilitators of change. QIT coaches
function as “servant-leaders”, collaborating
with teachers and administrators to bring about systemic
change. Coaches do
not serve in an evaluative capacity regarding teacher
Quality Impact Team coaches are hired, trained, monitored
and supported by the Center for Essential School Reform.
The Center works directly with liasons from the Ohio
Department of Education.
In time, coaches become partial members of the school
staff while also preserving the status of “outsider”
which allows them to maintain objectivity, apply subtle
pressure for improvement, model and foster best practice
and provide or broker additional resources including
professional literature, reflective protocols and
training to support the work.
As transformational coaches, the goal is to co-create
a relational process to help schools realize and sustain
their highest vision: continual improved achievement
for all students. With student achievement as the
clear focus for all work, coaches must exhibit the
disposition for the work and the knowledge and skill
in classroom practice, standards-based curriculum
and assessment, organizational systems, group processes,
leadership and systems evaluation.
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