The NISL Executive Development program provides leaders with the knowledge to better identify good instruction and the expertise in coaching to improve instruction.
NISL’s view of coaching school leaders is that effective coaching requires both a coaching model and a framework for leadership shared by the coach and coachee. NISL offers several levels of coaching:
- Direct Coaching for EDP participants which helps embed effective instructional leadership practices and impact in schools.
- The School Leadership Coaching Program (SLCP) provides principal supervisors and coaches with a rigorous coaching methodology tied to the EDP and to improved school and student performance.
- The Instructional Coaching Institute (ICI) develops the coaching skills of school leaders to better support their instructional staff.
Powerful Support for School Leaders
Many districts are starting to support school leaders with coaches or mentors, but too often these initiatives are ineffective due to ill-defined models for coaching or a lack of training for the coaches themselves.
NISL’s School Leadership Coaching Program (SLCP) is a rigorous coaching methodology explicitly connected to the EDP and to improved school and student performance. It is a uniquely powerful way to provide ongoing support to principals. To deepen effective instructional leadership practices and impact in schools, the five-day SLCP institute will train district coaches to supplement the EDP’s training with powerful, research-based coaching. This will help sustain leadership development and continuously improve leadership skills through a consistent and common leadership framework.
NISL’s SLCP is rigorously and explicitly connected to the EDP and to improved school and student performance. 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.