In addition to instructional leadership provided by a building principal, the level of instructional effectiveness in a building may be raised through peer mentoring and coaching. This program is designed to provide classroom teachers with high-level training to improve their abilities as peer mentors and instructional leaders. Participants first become familiar with the current literature on best practices and research relating to effective mentoring.
These include developing a relationship, professional growth planning and implementation, and cultivating collegial relationships. Next participants become familiar with current literature and research related to instructional strategies and cognitive peer coaching. They learn a variety of developmentally appropriate peer coaching strategies that lead to improved instructional abilities and increased student learning. Peer Mentoring and Coaching is offered in multiple phases over the course of a year.
The course is designed for classroom teachers and school administrators who wish to implement a peer mentoring and coaching system in their school. The program is flexible and is best delivered in multiple segments over the course of several weeks or months.