4.1.c A Supportive Coaching Culture

1c. Cultivate a supportive coaching culture that encourages educators and leaders to achieve a shared vision and individual goals. 

We often view coaches as support for developing teachers’ knowledge and skills and strengthening teachers’ feelings of efficacy relative to students’ learning. In my post, Digital Tools in Problem Solving Coaching Approach, I suggested that educators can use digital technology to enhance coaching interaction to be more flexible and accessible for creating a supportive coaching culture. 

The use of texting, emails, facetime, and recording can increase the consistency and timeliness of coach and teacher interactions. In my post, a video recording tool, Edthena allows teachers to upload videos of themselves teaching and share them with peers and coaches, who then comment on the video. Besides Edthena, Voxer, Google Hangouts, QuickTime, and Screencastify are also effective tools for creating interactive, flexible, and feedback-based coaching experiences. Moreover, it can create a more supportive coaching experience using digital technology, allowing coaches and teachers to think innovatively and creatively about how they meet and work collaboratively.