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  • ASCD
Formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ASCD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
  • PLS 3rd Learning
PLS 3rd Learning, Inc. offers products and services for educators to become more effective in the art of teaching through technology.  PLS 3rd Learning is currently in partnership with many state and university education departments.

  • Phi Delta Kappa International
Phi Delta Kappa International is the premier professional association for educators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership. PDK publishes the highly-regarded Phi Delta Kappan, the No. 1 education policy magazine, and sponsors the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.

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  • Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development, ASCD, 2009. By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann Johnson.
“Whether you’re introducing curriculum mapping for the first time or working with teachers and administrators who are well into the process, the manual’s collection of templates, samples, and tools helps you:
  • Establish the rationale for mapping.
  • Ensure long-term support for curriculum mapping.
  • Create quality maps for the first time or review and improve existing ones.
  • Connect curriculum maps to assessment data, instructional strategies, and school improvement efforts."
  • Leading Adult Learning: Supporting Adult Development In Our Schools, Corwin Press, 2009.  By Eleanor Drago-Severson.
This learning-oriented model of school leadership details four Pillar Practices for helping adults grow throughout their careers: teaming, providing leadership roles, collegial inquiry, and mentoring.
  • Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders, ASCD, 2008. By Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral.
"This is an incredibly practical argument for just how school people need to work to improve classroom instruction. The authors have 'been there, done that' when it comes to school improvement, and their Continuum of Self-Reflection is a wonderful scheme for keeping everyone focused on the things that really matter." —Richard Allington
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  • The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching

    The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching is designed to help teachers effectively implement instructional practices through an instructional coaching and mentoring framework. Our focus is to prepare and support instructional coaches who provide ongoing and consistent job-embedded professional learning and development for teachers by building their instructional practice and pedagogical skills. Independent research has validated the efficacy of the program and the impact of instructional coaching on teachers, their instructional practice, student engagement, and student learning.

  • The Instructional Coaching Resource Guide

    New to instructional coaching? Want to learn more about instructional coaching and mentoring? The time has come…PIIC's newest resource, The Instructional Coaching Resource Guide, is now available. The purpose of this guide is to provide mentors and instructional coaches with a powerful set of materials to help them practice their craft. Register today!

  • Culture of Coaching: Change Thinking... Change Practice... Change Schools

PIIC Executive Director Ellen Eisenberg uses the Culture of Coaching: Change Thinking... Change Practice... Change Schools blog as a forum to discuss all instructional coaching hot topics.  Readers are encouraged to engage in discussions on the site to learn from one another and to further their own practice.

  • The Center for Cognitive Coaching
Arthur Costa and Robert Garmston created Cognitive Coaching in 1984. They have developed a variety of training opportunities and written a book, Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools, to support others in learning the process of Cognitive Coaching. This site provides training, resources and consultation on strategic planning for enculturating the principles of Cognitive Coaching. Individuals can also access the resources of CCC to enhance their skills as a coach in a variety of contexts.
  • The Center on Instruction
This site is a gateway to a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning. Part of the Comprehensive Center network, the Center on Instruction is one of five content centers serving as resources for the 16 regional U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers.
  • Choice Literacy
Choice Literacy is dedicated to providing innovative, high-quality resources for K-12 literacy leaders. Founded in 2006, the website has grown to include over 700 professionally produced and edited video and print features from top educators in the field, as well as promising new voices.
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  • Instructional Coaching in Action: An Integrated Approach That Transforms Thinking, Practice, and Schools, ASCD, 2017.  By Ellen B. Eisenberg, Bruce P. Eisenberg, Elliott A. Medrich, and Ivan Charner.

    As ASCD describes it, "Unlike "fix-it" strategies that targeted teachers are likely to resist, educator-centered instructional coaching—ECIC—offers respectful coaching for professionals within their schoolwide community.   Evidence-based results across all content areas, authentic practices for data collection and analysis, along with nonevaluative, confidential collaboration offer a productive and promising path to teacher development.   Coaches and teachers implement ECIC through a before-during-after—BDA—cycle that includes comprehensive planning between coach and teacher; classroom visitation and data collection; and debriefing and reflection.

  • Coaching Approaches & Perspectives, Corwin Press, 2009.  Jim Knight, Editor.
As Corwin Press tells us, “This fresh, new resource brings together the voices of recognized experts in the field–including Joellen Killion, Cathy A. Toll, Jane Ellison, Jane A. G. Kise, Karla Reiss, Lucy West, and Jim Knight–to present unique approaches for coaching teachers and leaders."
  • Literacy Instruction for Adolescents: Research-Based Practice, Guilford Press, 2009.  By Karen D. Wood PhD and William E. Blanton.
This professional resource and text shows how the latest research in adolescent literacy can be translated into effective practice in middle and high school classrooms. Topics addressed include comprehension, content-area literacy, differentiated instruction, gender differences in literacy learning, and English language learners.  Ellen Eisenberg, PIIC Executive Director and Rita M. Bean of the University of Pittsburgh co-authored a chapter in this book entitled “Literacy Coaching in Middle and High Schools.”  Click here to read the chapter.
  • The Fundamentals of Literacy Coaching, ASCD, 2008. By Amy Sandvold and Maleou Baxter.
This book contains strategies for effective literacy coaching of teachers in districts and schools. Whether it’s your job to start a literacy coaching initiative or to be an effective literacy coach to your colleagues, this guide has all the steps and strategies you need.
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Instructional Coaching at a Glance

Videos on Instructional Coaching 

Instructional Coaching at a Glance videos are excerpts from the March 20, 2014
Collaborative Coaching Board Meeting at The Pennsylvania Department of
Education offices in Harrisburg, PA.  The videos highlight real-life examples of how
PIIC and instructional coaching have impacted  schools across Pennsylvania. 

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 Leadership for Coaching - Lessons Learned in High School

Videos on Instructional Coaching

Leadership for Coaching takes the viewer inside five PAHSCI high schools where school-based and district-based leaders share how they have created and sustained high quality instructional coaching in their schools.

Instructional Coaching in Real Time: Excerpts from Coaching and Class Sessions Using the Before/During/After Model in High School

Videos on Instructional Coaching

This video shows 5 high school teachers and their coaches using the Before/During/After (BDA) instructional coaching model.  These segments are designed to open a window into one-on-one instructional coaching by providing largely unedited views of actual planning, delivery of instruction, and debriefing with real teachers, real instructional coaches, and real students.

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