CPM’s coaching service is an integral part of CPM’s mission to provide ongoing professional development for the advancement of teachers and students. The coaching model focuses first and foremost on the needs of students while partnering directly with teachers and school / district administration.
The CPM coaching model serves to improve learning opportunities for all students by focusing on student centered goals rather than teacher behaviors. In this way, effective math teaching practices are developed from student needs and teachers are able to navigate towards and make measurable impacts on student learning. Read More...
While increased student achievement is a paramount goal of the coaching model, there are many more benefits to be gained. Coaching results in changed beliefs and attitudes regarding what it means to understand and learn mathematics. Furthermore, teachers with coaching support typically have more clarity in how to effectively implement new practices with long term results. Finally, teachers with coaching support report that they are able to change their practice or way of being more readily and are more thoughtful about their instructional practices. CPM believes it is imperative that teachers are a willing participant in the coaching partnership and embrace the opportunity to engage in this reflective model of professional learning.
While the benefits are many, the ultimate goal of coaching is increased student achievement. Developing a dynamic partnership between the district and school administration, the coach and teachers ensures that goal will be met. The following roles and responsibilities of each member of the partnership emphasize how teachers, school leaders and coaches can function as a united team to increase student engagement and learning throughout the year. This collaboration creates a structure in which teacher professional learning, planning and reflective practice is maximized. Each person in the partnership plays a crucial role.
The school leader: establishes a vision for student learning, sets high expectations, knows what excellent math instruction looks like in the classroom and holds teachers accountable for quality instruction.
The coach: works alongside the teachers as a peer to support them in meeting student needs. This may include helping within classrooms to support the planning and delivery of effective instruction, designing and facilitating teacher collaboration and learning, providing support at parent nights, and helping analyze student data regarding how the students are progressing. The coach will also support teachers through the lesson reflection process in order to apply this learning to future lessons.
The teacher: engages in the coaching experience to begin focusing their instruction on student learning and increasing student engagement. The use of student data guides the lesson planning and reflecting conversations to adjust teaching practices and effectively implement CPM curriculum.
CPM's coaches are a highly trained cadre of experienced CPM teachers and professional development leaders. Each has had professional learning in the areas of effective coaching practices, successful implementation of CPM materials, and effective techniques for working with adult learners.
Coaching cycles, where coaches visit a teacher’s classroom and work directly with teachers multiple times, may take place with individual teachers or teams of teachers. A coach can typically engage with 34 teachers in a day and cycles usually last for 810 weeks. A site may choose to have more than one coaching cycle active at any given time to allow for more than 34 teachers to participate.
A coaching cycle may take many different forms. A cycle may include opportunities for coaches and teachers to engage in lesson planning, classroom visits for data collection, reflection conversations, and professional learning sessions. Coaches may also support a “learning lab/lesson study” in which one teacher from the team would be designated as a “host” to teach a lesson while the rest of the team of teachers observes that lesson having had either a part in the planning of the lesson or prior knowledge of what they should expect to see in the lesson. These lesson study coaching sessions usually include a debrief facilitated by the coach in which student data is considered as a means to examine student learning.
CPM coaching support is a perfect option for schools and districts striving for higher levels of student engagement and achievement through the implementation of CPM materials.Read Less...