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Coaching: How a Focus on Adult Development Leads to Improvements in Student Learning

Teachers at an Education Center PD sessionThe Bank Street Education Center partners with schools and districts across the country to help improve teaching and learning at scale. This publication, “Coaching: How a Focus on Adult Development Leads to Improvements in Student Learning,” documents the professional learning processes, tools, and activities used by Bank Street facilitators in their coaching work with teachers and leaders and brings to light what strengths-based, developmentally meaningful teaching and learning looks like for both adults and children.

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Charles, J., Gonzalez, M., and Sharrock, E. (October 2018). Coaching: How a focus on adult development leads to improvements in student learning. New York, N.Y.: Bank Street College of Education.

The publication includes four components:

Coaching Adults to Improve Student Learning
Explores our reflective three-step coaching cycle and its stance, which is deeply rooted in Bank Street’s beliefs about the developmental-interaction approach, which recognizes that all individuals learn best when they are actively engaged with materials, ideas, and people.
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Professional Supports for Bank Street Coaches
Examines how coaches benefit from a lead coach who models reflective supervision and other professional supports.
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Professional Development Coaching Activities
Provides the protocol for case study activities that help coaching teams to work through problems of practice with coaches.
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Coach Formative Assessment Tool (FAST)
Details what high-quality coaching looks like across multiple domains as an aid for building the capacity of coaches.
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