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‚ÄčInstructional Coach Qualifications

The effectiveness of any coaching initiative hinges on the selection of a candidate that is highly qualified as a teacher, knowledgeable in content, and skilled in the sophisticated practices of coaching. Districts must select the coach that meets the following criteria:

  • Pennsylvania Level II teaching certification
  • track record or evidence of improving student achievement
  • demonstrated knowledge and use of a rich array of instructional approaches, resources, and technologies
  • demonstrated skills in analyzing and using data for instructional decision-making
  • interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills required to effectively facilitate coaching and staff development
  • ability to design and/or broker (individually or in collaboration with others) high quality professional development for teachers/school staff
  • knowledge of equity issues in current education reform
  • knowledge and skills to implement a standards-based education system utilizing the Pennsylvania Core Standards