Professional Learning Design for Magnolia Middle School
Post information about coaching you learned from the video(s) you viewed this week by addressing the above prompts. Share your comparison of the two designs, how one or both might be implemented at Magnolia or the school you are working with, and any experiences you have had with these designs.
This week you learned about two professional development design strategies that can help schools to achieve learning goals for teachers and for students—coaching and lesson study. In this Discussion you will first engage in a “jigsaw” activity to share what you learned about a specific area or aspect of coaching depending on the video you viewed. Address the following:
Share the top three insights or “ahas” you had related to coaching
Explain how you think coaching, if implemented at Magnolia Middle School or the school you are working with, might improve student achievement
Then, consider the lesson study process and how this professional development design strategy relates to coaching. Compare the purpose, process, and key components of these two designs. What do you perceive to be the strengths and weaknesses of each design? What experiences have you had with these designs? Think about context, process, and content considerations that might influence the appropriateness of using either coaching or lesson study to achieve your intended goals
• Course Text: Powerful Designs for Professional Learning
o Chapter 16, “Lesson Study”
o Chapter 19, “School Coaching”
Course Text: Becoming a Learning School
o Chapter 11, “Designs for Professional Learning”
Article: Easton, L. B. (2005). Power plays. Journal of Staff Development, 26(2), 54-57.
Use the Proquest database, and search using the article’s title.
Note: The above article can be found in the Walden Library databases, accessed from your myWalden page. Select Research Databases and under the title Search for Journals, type the name of the journal in the box next to the pull-down menu that reads “Title equals.” Then, search for the appropriate year and issue number to locate your article. As an alternative, after selecting Research Databases, click on the A to Z List of Databases to find a complete list of databases. Search the database (included after each article citation) using the article’s title and/or author(s).
• Multimedia: Recursive Phases of Professional Development http://mym.cdn.laureate-media.com/2dett4d/Walden/EDUC/7741/CH/mm/phases/index.html
Click on the Design phase and watch the following video:
o Video: “Effective Professional Development: A School Demonstration” (approximate length: 6 min)
Mary Russo describes professional development at her school.
Select Coaching under the Design phase. Choose one of the following video to view. You will share your learning and insights with your Walden colleagues in this week’s Discussion.
• Video: “Instructional Coaching” (approximate length: 16 minutes)
Instructional coaching expert Jim Knight discusses the goals and procedures of instructional coaching.
• Video: “Content Coaching” (approximate length: 35 minutes)
Content coaching expert Lucy West discusses the goals and procedures of content coaching.
• Video: “Coaches Meeting” (approximate length: 32 min)
DavonaDunekack meets with instructional coaches to discuss the challenges and rewards of their coaching experiences. Coaches collaborate about specific scenarios that have occurred and offer strategies to help their colleagues become successful.
• Video: “Cognitive and Collegial Coaching Models” (approximate length: 27 min)
Jane Ellison explains the various aspects of cognitive coaching. Melba Venison discusses and models collegial coaching.
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