CSW-3:Principal Coach

1- Divide up into groups of three

Assume the roles of:


Your task is to provide constructive and purposeful feedback to the team member about the issues.

Team Member

Assume an interactive role by questioning and sharing information.


As the observer, remain silent and watch the interaction between the coach and the team member. Make a note of your observations since you will be sharing them with the whole group.

2- Read Scenario

Elena is in her second year of leadership at a large urban middle school. She is frustrated by the lack of technology use from classroom teachers.

Just today, when you (the coach) arrived, you noticed that that the teachers in a team meeting were using paper-n-pencil methods for preparing classroom resources.

Elena is frustrated and angry and wants to take action. She would like to address this situation at her staff meeting after school today. You (the coach) have been working with the principal for four months. You have a solid coaching relationship.

3- Apply Coaching Model

Take advantage of the Collegial Coaching Model example to help structure your interactions.

If you are familiar with other coaching approaches, make sure to make a mental note of what strategies you are using.

You will need that when debriefing and reflecting.

4- Debrief and Reflect

Observers, before sharing your observations, ask questions:

  • Is the team member teaching what they intended to teach?

  • Is my coach achieving the goals and completing the projects upon which we agreed to focus?

  • Is there a better way to teach this concept, thereby promoting higher achievement by students or more effective integration of technology?


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