In Duncanville ISD, our teacher specialists serve as instructional coaches to support classroom teachers in developing instructional goals and methodologies to increase student achievement. Coaches work one-on-one and in small groups with teachers, providing guidance, training, and other resources as needed. Together, they focus on practical strategies for engaging students and improving their learning. Teacher Specialists are involved in data analysis, planning, and actively participate in PLC sessions. They also are responsible for providing professional development activities at the campus and district level.
Who are the teacher specialists?
Teacher specialists are experienced, highly accomplished, and well-respected educators. They must have credibility with teachers and administrators, the ability to juggle several roles, and the skills needed to work one-on-one with teachers as well as to oversee a wider professional development effort in the school.
How does instructional coaching work?
The key to a successful coaching program is a trusting relationship between teachers and coaches, but training and support from administrators are vital as well. Coaching is confidential, non-evaluative, and supportive. Coaches work one-on-one and in small groups with teachers on specific teaching strategies or problems, focusing on practical changes they can make in their classrooms. This ongoing one-on-one work is supplemented by other professional development activities, and skillful mentors often help support and extend the work of coaches.
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