As an SRI Center of Activity, ACSR staff are trained SRI Coaches. This means that we are certified to support teachers and administrators in improving their practice through ongoing reflection and collaboration. We are connected to a powerful network of facilitators and can support a wide variety of change initiatives and improvement goals. Let us magnify the power of your current staff development or school improvement efforts. Our coaches can help your faculty experience the power of collaboration right now.
The creation of learning communities is complex work, requiring a commitment by administrators, teachers, and coaches. It also requires high- quality preparation and sustained support. A Beginning Coaches Training teaches new coaches the skills and habits that enable them to:
- Ask questions that challenge assumptions;
- Examine student work as a way to improve practice;
- Create collaborative cultures in their schools;
- Create and sustain effective professional learning communities
Our five-day Institute on School Reform Initiative Critical Friendship offers an opportunity to not only learn the fundamentals of coaching by experiencing them firsthand, but also to connect with a network of like-minded professionals engaged in similar work across the region.
Support for Experienced Coaches
Just as the best teachers are always learning, experienced coaches need to connect with their peers in order to grow and facilitators. Whether coaching actively or simply applying training in your day-to-day work, ACSR offers informal gatherings and formal experienced coaches seminars designed to offer opportunities to reflect, celebrate, and collaborate on the unique challenges connected to our practice. Guided by experienced facilitators, participants make their practice public, gaining new skills and insights into their work.
Facilitative Leadership: Coaching for School Leaders
School leadership, whether as principal, department chair, or teacher leader, requires special skills and insights. ACSR staff can not only facilitate special groups for school leaders, but also ongoing support for school leaders endeavoring to become facilitative leaders.
Guided by experienced facilitators, this week-long intensive course will not only train participants to be coaches, but also offer an emphasis on how to be a leader in a school that consciously uses this model of professional development as the primary mechanism for professional growth, communication, and accountability. Special attention is given to use of protocols in observations of staff, giving and receiving feedback, examination of curricula, student work and assessment.