School leaders in the EDP learn and practice NISL's rigorous, research-based coaching model, allowing them to deepen and scale effective instructional across their schools. NISL can also support principal supervisors and other coaches of school leaders so that they can better foster instructional leadership within schools led by EDP participants.

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Both levels of coaching are built upon NISL’s research-based leadership coaching model:


Preparing School Leaders to Coach Instructional Staff – How the Executive Development Program (EDP) Addresses Coaching

Most leadership coaching is a proxy for mentoring, in that it is informal, unfocused, and limited in rigor and scope. NISL’s coaching model is different—a rigorously researched-based coaching methodology that provides school leaders within the EDP with the knowledge and tools necessary to build strong, effective coaching relationships with their staff, and to drive improvements in instruction across classrooms. An entire unit of the EDP focuses on equipping participating school leaders with a research-based coaching model that allows them to go beyond teacher evaluation to truly improve the instructional practice of teachers.

Increasing the Effectiveness of Coaches of Principals – An Optional Support for Coaches of EDP-trained School Leaders

The School Leadership Coaching Program (SLCP) is for principal supervisors and coaches. NISL’s SLCP uses the same coaching model found within the EDP. It also adds explicit connections to the EDP, leveraging language of the EDP, its framework for the role of the school leader, and the diagnostic tools it contains to effectively focus coaching sessions. During the 5-day program, principal supervisors and coaches learn and practice using a research-based coaching model, study how to leverage the EDP to focus their coaching, and develop a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with fellow supervisors and coaches that strengthens communities of practice within the school and school district.

SLCP participants and the school leaders they support, participate in the EDP, providing them a shared leadership understanding of the principal’s role, tools, and applied learning opportunities necessary for effective principal coaching. The SLCP will improve the coaching of principals as well as accelerating and deepening implementation of the leadership practices at the heart of the EDP.

This program is novel in that it provides:

  • Significant training to sharpen key coaching skills (listening, questioning, observing, reflecting and providing feedback) and instructional knowledge
  • A methodology and tools to focus coaching interactions on areas that research shows are most important for student learning gains—strategic initiatives that address both the needs of principals and other school leaders and the priorities of their schools

Because this coaching is tightly connected to the EDP, the professional development and coaching are a seamless, integrated system. Coaching relationships between LEA or district level administrators and the principals they coach are ingrained with common understandings of leadership themes and strategies, and shared experiences and language—a strong foundation on which to build.

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