A principal from Seattle wrote with “great news!” She explains, “I’ve found a way to hire a coach next year for our K-8 school. I’m excited to implement many of the suggestions you make for coaching, and I’m starting interviews next week. But I’ve never had a coach at a site and I’m wondering what their weekly schedule looks like.”
It just so happens that I have a sample weekly schedule in my new book, The Art of Coaching. However, when designing a coach’s schedule, we also want to make sure we’re applying the principals of backwards planning: What are the coach’s goals? What data drives those goals? How are those goals constructed? Sometimes coaches can be asked to carry out a multitude of administrative and operational tasks (especially in places where funding cuts have eliminated positions like an assistant principal and other support staff). So it’s essential that the coach’s roles and responsibilities are articulated, as well as what drives or directs her work, before creating a weekly schedule.
Here’s the schedule that I offer in my book:
This is a place from which to start a discussion about what a coach can do.
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