Our Practices

Coaching

 

In order to facilitate change and instructional leadership to a more diverse set of staff, ECS defined a coaching model to assist reflection, growth, and professional support around the practice of teaching. Much like a physician in training works alongside men and women of various experience levels, it is through on the job training, dialogue, and continual coaching that teachers grow in their professional capacity.

  • Instructional coaching represents an efficient method to help teachers learn better ways to teach their students. Coaches work with teachers to help them incorporate research-based instructional practices. Rather than a “one-hit-wonder” approach to professional development, coaches assist teachers in gaining expertise over time and in realizing their professional goals.
  • Highly effective teachers need support and resources (not just struggling teachers). Coaches have high expectations and provide affirmative and honest feedback that helps teachers realize those expectations.
  • Strategic planning becomes more authentic. Coaches tend to be closer to the action (rather than traditional administrators) of what is happening in classrooms, and have a deeper sense of what might be needed for effective reform practices. ECS’s adoption of a coaching team provides more effective information to the system in order to make positive changes for students.
  • Coaches and other administrators shift to “teacher support staff.” Given the increasing need for highly effective teachers, coaches and school leaders need to approach supports for teachers in new ways. School leaders influence core instructional programs, supplemental academic and social supports, and the hiring and development of staff. ECS Principals, coaches, and school leaders build relationships across the school community and should be viewed as teacher support resources to both assist student growth and build educator excellence in their practice.

Coaches & Coordinators

Melanie Cowherd

Melanie Cowherd

Instructional Coach | melanie.cowherd@ecspgh.org

Vicky Hsieh

Vicky Hsieh

Instructional Coach | vicky.hsieh@ecspgh.org

Danielle Fox

Danielle Fox

Instructional Coach | danielle.fox@ecspgh.org

Gayle Abrams

Gayle Abrams

Instructional Coach | gayle.abrams@ecspgh.org

Rachel Lendyak-Peters

Rachel Lendyak-Peters

Gifted Specialist and ESL Teacher | rachel.peters@ecspgh.org

Laura Micco

Laura Micco

Instructional Coach | laura.micco@ecspgh.org