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Transforming the Role of Coaching for Classroom Teachers
Due to funding and time constraints, only 60% of teachers in Boston Public Schools reported receiving enough feedback on their instructional practice on the Spring 2018 TNTP Insight Survey. These limited coaching opportunities for teachers pose a significant obstacle to meeting the needs of Boston’s most marginalized students. We know that student achievement is positively impacted by instructional coaching, and that peer-to-peer coaching produces strong results. Teachers are a critical factor affecting student achievement; therefore, we need to ensure consistent coaching supports to move teacher practice forward.
DIY Coaching's goal is to solve this problem by shifting who we view as a coach and how coaching is executed for teachers. Rather than relying on administrators as the sole providers of feedback and coaching for teachers, we activate teachers as coaches for themselves and one another through the use of classroom video. Through our programming, teachers receive over 50 hours of self- and peer-coaching throughout the school year to grow their practice--a substantially higher rate of coaching than the standard model provides.
Founded in 2017, DIY Coaching has grown rapidly due to teacher interest and belief in the process. We are on track to engage approximately 100 teachers in SY2019-20, but this work will not be possible without your support as our operating budget is nearly $1,000 per teacher. After securing grant funding, our remaining fundraising goal is $60,000 and the first $25,000 in donations will be matched 1:1 by the Simon Brothers Family Foundation.
To learn more about DIY Coaching, please visit us at www.diycoaching.org.