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Instructional Coaching Resources

Instructional coaching positions have been added to many school leadership teams as an effort to support teacher growth in order to enhance student learning. This professional development strategy facilitates change, improves teacher instruction, and helps to transform school culture. How coaches interact with school leadership and with teachers directly impacts their ability to increase student success rates.

Key Books:

Instructional Coaching With End in Mind

Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching

Questions for Life


Questioning Skills in Coaching


Communication Skills for Coaches


Defining Instructional Coaching


Elements of the Principal/Coach Partnership: Presenting the Coach’s Role to the Staff


What are the dual roles of teaching that coaches must address in their work?


Types of Coaching


A Culture of Coaching


Coaching with a Focus on Student Behavior


Words of Coaches: What are important words for coaches to use?




  1. Coaching Questions: Going Slow to Go Fast
  2. Educator Learning for Student Learning: Coaching Impact
  3. Dialogue in Coaching Conferences
  4. Building a Coaching Culture
  5. PLCs and Coaching for Teacher and Student Learning
  6. Creating Trust for Coaching
  7. Instructional Coaching and School Improvement Plans
  8. Encouraging the Coaching Conversation
  9. Value from Coaching and Collaboration
  10. Coaching from Teachers’ Agendas
  11. A Culture of Coaching (Part 2)
  12. A Culture of Coaching (Part 1)
  13. Matching Coaching Actions to Teachers’ Developmental Stages
  14. Vulnerability and Team Building
  15. Facilitating Conversations: Empowering Teams
  16. Request Coaching on Your Words
  17. Promoting Coachability
  18. Coaches’ Listening Skills
  19. Coaching: Athletes, Students, Teachers
  20. Teaching & Coaching Student Effort
  21. Promoting Coachability
  22. The Work of Instructional Coaches
  23. Teaching and Coaching Student Effort
  24. Coaching Outstanding Teachers
  25. Defining Instructional Coaching: It Matters
  26. Guidelines for Administering Feedback for Students and Teachers
  27. Coaching Performance, Development, and Transformation
  28. Pre-Conferencing: A Critical Element of Effective Coaching
  29. Increasing Perseverance By Translating Goals Into Behaviors
  30. The Gift of Coaching
  31. The Coaching Balance
  32. Coaching Through Change
  33. Instructional Coaches Working with Individual Teachers
  34. Teaming or Franchising
  35. Instructional Coaches Working with PLCs and Teaching Teams
  36. Respecting Teachers’ Goals and Values
  37. Early Feedback
  38. Introducing Mentoring or Coaching
  39. Hypothesis and Evidence: Words to Use In Professional Growth Plans
  40. When Coaches Hear Resistance
  41. Coaching and Trust
  42. Guiding Instructional Coaching with a Principal Partnership
  43. Teacher Autonomy and Coaching
  44. A Mentoring and Coaching Culture
  45. Building Developmental Relationships
  46. Approaches to Difficult Conversations with Teachers for Instructional Coaches
  47. How is Distance Coaching Different from in the Classroom Coaching? (Part 2)
  48. How is Distance Coaching Different from in the Classroom Coaching? (Part 3)
  49. A Time to Be Really Listening
  50. Collaborating with Parents as Partners Supporting Learners
  51. Today’s Leadership Requirement: Leading Teams That Solve Challenges
  52. Collaborating with Parents as Partners Supporting Learners
  53. What is the Barkley Coaching Model?
  54. Coaching Classroom Management: Consistent and Flexible
  55. Relationships and Expectations: Keys to Increasing Student Success
  56. I Am Learning More About Personalization
  57. How Does Intellectual Humility Impact Educator Reflection?
  58. Purposeful School Leader Actions
  59. Three Elements for the Application of the Art and Craft of Coaching
  60. Guest Blog: Coaching with Humility by Sherry St. Clair
  61. Coaching with Structure: The TO GROWTH Model
  62. Learners Investing in Learning: The IKEA Effect



  1. Comfort with Discomfort
  2. Importance of Collaborative Culture
  3. Heavy Coaching
  4. Evaluation or Coaching?
  5. Coaching Questions: Going Slow to Go Fast
  6. Everyone Deserves a Coach
  7. Desired Learning Outcomes Driving Instructional Decisions
  8. Instructional Coach & Principal as Partners
  9. Coaching Teachers: the Unaware, the Starting, the Developing, & the Unwilling
  10. Examining the Impact of Coaching
  11. Promoting Coachability
  12. An Interview with Karen Crouse
  13. Choosing Your Words While Coaching
  14. Instructional Coaches Creating a Culture for Coaching
  15. The Definition and Purpose of Instructional Coaching
  16. The Coach Approach to School Leadership
  17. Coaches: Dealing With Resistance
  18. Differentiating Coaching
  19. Making the Most of Instructional Coaches
  20. Reflecting on Scaffolding
  21. Paraphrasing to Build Communication in Coaching
  22. Jim Knight & the TLC Conference
  23. Effective Communication Techniques Increase the Impact of Instructional Coaching
  24. Coaching With a Solution-Focused Approach
  25. Compliments, Praise & Approval
  26. Joellen Killion’s Mental Models of Coaching
  27. The Coaching Balance
  28. Conversations With Coaches #1
  29. Conversations With Coaches #2
  30. Establishing Trust With Coaching Pre-Conferences
  31. Coaches Working With PLCs
  32. Conversations With Coaches #3
  33. Simply Instructional Coaching with Nicole Turner
  34. Hints for Instructional Coaches
  35. Coaching Better Podcast Interviews Steve Barkley Pt. 1
  36. Coaching Toward Goals
  37. Coaching Better Podcast Interviews Steve Barkley Pt. 2
  38. Getting Coaching Started
  39. Teacher Autonomy & Coaching
  40. De-Privatizing Teaching
  41. The Coach and Principal Partnership — Part 1
  42. Interview with The Bolt
  43. Coach and Principal Partnership, Part 2
  44. What Is the Barkley Coaching Model?
  45. Keeping Our Focus on Student Learning Production Behaviors
  46. Responsiveness in Coaching Assignments
  47. Coach & Principal Partnership #3
  48. Coaching Specific Teaching Skills
  49. Instructional Coaching When Schools Are Closed
  50. An Interview With Jenny Killion
  51. A High School Coach & Principal Partnership
  52. Coaches – Keeping the Focus on Learning & Teaming During School Building Closures
  53. Teachers Creating Parent Support for Student Learning
  54. Supporting Teachers Who Are Supporting Learners Dealing With Stress & Anxiety During School Closure
  55. A Conversation on Assessment & Grading – Now & Then With Tom Schimmer

Other Resources:

  1. Instructional Coach and Principal Partnership Webinar with Steve Barkley

Professional Development and Graduate Courses:

  1. Instructional Coaching Micro-Credential
  2. Instructional Coaching Online Graduate Class Through PLS Classes