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Core Practice 4: Utilize Coaching Cycles

Using student evidence means that we are formatively assessing on a continual basis. Looking at student evidence creates opportunities to make informed instructional decisions. We sort student work according to patterns and then deliver differentiated instruction that matches exactly where the students are on any given day.

Coaching cycles create authentic partnerships that increase student outcomes. In a coaching cycle, the teacher and coach are both in the mix, reflecting on their decision-making, problem solving, and figuring out how to adjust instruction in the moment.


What it Looks/Sounds Like?

  • 4-6 weeks in elementary, 3-4 weeks in secondary
  • 1-3 times per week in the classroom during instructional time
  • 1 weekly planning conversation that is scheduled and lasts 30-45 minutes


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