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Zoom-based instructional coaching: Supporting teachers as they help struggling writers.

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Instructional Strategies
Using Technology to Improve Instruction
Adolescent Literacy
Instructional Coaching/Professional Learning

25 teachers across four states, with only two instructional coaches, and one big writing initiative…we had to find a virtual instructional coaching solution! Join us as we share our methods for conducting virtual instructional coaching sessions using Jim Knight's Impact Cycle. We supported middle school teachers who were implementing three-minute progress monitoring, strategy-based instruction, and technology integration to help all students improve on their writing, especially those who struggled. With progress monitoring data serving as a foundation, teachers and instructional coaches met bi-weekly to review goals, share student products, simultaneously review classroom video footage, set new goals, and brainstorm solutions for students. Keys to our success included our Office of Special Education and Policy (OSEP) funded, University of Kansas built tools, including a progress monitoring system and an extensive library of brief, free, online videos where actual middle school teachers share how they and their students paired evidence-based writing strategies, with research-based technology solutions including concept mapping, word prediction and word banks, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text. You won't walk away empty-handed from this session!

Learning Outcomes/Next Steps

Participants will:

  • Examine methods for conducting virtual instructional coaching sessions and critique applicability to personal educational context.
  • Compare at least four writing strategies and four technology solutions to determine usability for their students.
  • Develop two action steps for implementing at least two new methods, strategies, or resources within the next four weeks.

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