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Simply Instructional Coaching

Questions Asked and Answered From the Field, Revised Edition

The role of an instructional coach is fundamental. The personalized, job-embedded professional development, instructional strategies, and targeted feedback you give to teachers helps them hone their craft. Your work impacts student success and school improvement. If you’ve got questions, this guidebook is for you.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of your role in schools.
  • Understand the best ways to support teachers and guide their professional development.
  • Improve relationships among teachers and administrators.
  • Explore a three-part model for initiating a coaching program.
  • Utilize targeted reflections and tools to engage with your own role as a coach.

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Part 1: The Foundations of Instructional Coaching
Chapter 1: Understanding the Instructional Coaching Role
Chapter 2: Transitioning to the Instructional Coaching Role
Chapter 3: Staying Organized as an Instructional Coach
Chapter 4: Building Relationships and Trust with Teachers
Chapter 5: Supporting Your Teachers
Part 2: The Tier, Coach, Grow Model
Chapter 6: Tiering Teachers for Support
Chapter 7: Coaching Teachers Using Coaching Cycles
Chapter 8: Growing Teachers Through Professional Development


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8



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  • Marzano, R. J., & Simms, J. A. (2013). Coaching classroom instruction. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.