An Introduction to Student-Centered Coaching

Based on the work of Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris

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Through this course, you will learn how student-centered coaching focuses on using standards-based student evidence to inform coaching cycles and partnership-based teacher/coach collaboration to improve student achievement.


After completing this course, you will:

  • Explore the differences between student-centered coaching and other instructional coaching models,
  • Develop an understanding of the purpose and core practices for effective student-centered coaching,
  • Understand the differences in the roles of school leadership and instructional coaches,
  • Explore the premise that the coach supports and the principal supervises,
  • Learn the process for organizing coaching through cycles,
  • Understand the key components of a student-centered coaching cycle,
  • Explore the teacher/coach collaboration and agreement that should precede a coaching cycle,
  • Understand the power of co-teaching with a focus on effective instructional practice, and
  • Learn about co-planning using student evidence.


Course Modules Include:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: The Student-Centered Coaching Model
  • Module 2: Partnering With School Leadership
  • Module 3: Student-Centered Coaching Cycles
  • Module 4: Launching the Partnership
  • Capstone Project

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Purchase 15-hour course