Led by the Kansas Coaching Project, many researchers at the KUCRL utilize components of Instructional Coaching in their interventions. The purpose of the Kansas Coaching Project is to study factors related to professional learning and how to improve academic outcomes for students through supports provided by instructional coaches. Instructional coaches are onsite professional developers who teach educators how to use evidence-based teaching practices and to support them in learning and applying these practices in a variety of educational settings.
The Kansas Coaching Project has conducted a broad array of R&D initiatives in school districts in more than 40 states and provinces. Instructional coaching variables and protocols that have been found to be most heavily relate to improved academic outcomes have been incorporated into an array of professional development workshops and institutes.