The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Education Service Cooperatives will partner to provide training to assist Instructional Facilitators (academic coaches) in maximizing work effectiveness. Research continues to support the positive impact the instructional facilitator has on student achievement. The Instructional Facilitating training is based on Dr. Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching Institute. This professional development opportunity will provide a combination of three days of training at a local educational cooperative and four days of onsite support provided by state specialists. In addition, one regional day of training will be provided by Dr. Jim Knight. The training refines the Instructional Facilitator’s role, distinguishes between effective and ineffective coaching practices, describes strategies for increasing professional learning among teachers, offers several leadership tactics to use for overcoming possible obstacles, and provides an overview of the current state of research on coaching.
Each school/district will be responsible for training costs including learning resources, travel expenses, and substitute teachers. Please check with the local educational cooperative for specific costs.
Training dates will be determined by each cooperative. Please register on-line with your local education service cooperative. Central Arkansas participants should use the district online registration system. Deadline for registration is September 18th, 2009.
Anyone wishing to review information from the previous coaching trainings may access materials and videos on the Arkansas IDEAS portal at www.arkansasideas.org. Follow the breadcrumb to access these trainings: My Courses Library - Resources Library - Arkansas Department of Education Section - Standards and Indicators for School Improvement Standard 3: Instruction Section - Instructional Coaching.