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Coaching Rounds

University of Hartford Magnet SchoolUniversity of Hartford Magnet School (West Hartford, CT). University of Hartford Magnet School (UHMS) implements coaching rounds at each grade level. A week prior to the coaching round, the grade level team examines class data to determine a focus area. Then the Coach researches best practices to address the identified need and shares the plan and rationale with the team prior to instruction. On the first day of the rounds, the Coach is the lead teacher in a class while the other teachers conduct a focused observation. The team reconvenes during a debrief, and the lead teacher reflects on the effectiveness of the lesson and the team poses questions and shares their feedback. Based on the shared observations, the team then works collaboratively to map out the following day’s lesson for the next lead teacher. Each teacher becomes a lead teacher for a day. UHMS has seen benefits in changes in Tier I instruction, elevated confidence in teachers’ instructional practices, an increase in collegiality, and gains in student performance. Teachers report feeling more at ease exposing their vulnerabilities and seeking advice and support from one another. Teachers leave coaching rounds with new strategies, a clear plan for their own professional development, and a newfound trust in their teammates.

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