I plan to use this site to share notes on books, interviews, comments, and observations related to Instructional Coaching. I see this as a letter to my friends and colleagues with whom I'm working in schools across the US. I'll also record some of the questions I'm asking about coaching, and the questions people are asking me. I expect that I will update this at least twice a week. Let me start with a little background info.
I've been studying Instructional Coaching for the past nine years, and while I'd love to tell you that the research has been a systematic pursuit of research questions and careful data analysis, the reality is that I have developed this model out of necessity, out of the desire to make real change happen in schools. Over time, I've learned that to make lasting change happen, you need to have intensive professional development (this is not surprising to you, I'm sure), and I've also learned that Instructional Coaches (ICs) have specific activities that they can do to be more effective.
You can learn about those activities if pick up a copy of the May 2005 Principal Leadership, where you can read an article I wrote on Instructional Coaching, and which provides a very quick overview of what coaching is all about. You can also go to www.instructionalcoach.org to learn more about what ICs do. You can also download an article I wrote for the Journal of Staff Development @ http://www.nsdc.org/library/publications/jsd/index.cfm. If you go to the NSDC website, you can find a wealth of other information, but I bet you already knew that.