Teachers who became instructional coaches - how did you do it?

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  1. heyhey

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    Hey all,

    I have been teaching for 5 years and I am interested in becoming an instructional coach for my core subject area. I am curious, how did you all go about it? What experience did you have that led you to being hired? I am concerned that I won't stand out because I only have the teaching experience and not much else, unfortunately. I have self-designed my curriculum every year and I have achieved excellent data results, but I don't have any direct experience for this position. Does anybody have any advice? Thanks!
     
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  3. Always__Learning

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    Where I work teaching experience is probably the most important thing. Teachers with 10-15 years experience typically get these jobs if they are innovators, work collaboratively with a team and are viewed as an informal leader.
     
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    Job postings for this type of position in my board always specify that wide experience across a variety of grade levels is essential.
     
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    I coach teachers in other districts through a shared curriculum center where I was trained.
     
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    I must admit, I don’t understand the difference, for example, between a literacy coach and a reading specialist. Can someone educate me on the differences?

    Also, is there such a thing as a math coach and a math specialist? How does one get into that? What are the perks?

    Thank you for your time.
     
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    The differences truly depend on the district.

    In my district, the literacy coach may have the same roles/responsibilities as a reading specialist in another district.
     
  9. MissScrimmage

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    I was a literacy coach for three years. I had the minimum years of teaching experience (6) and I just started post-graduate work in literacy. I finished up while I was working as a coach. I'd also sat on divisional committees and led division-wide professional development while I was teaching, so I had experience in those areas, too.
     
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    Sometimes it’s experience vs certification. Please don’t go into coaching for the ‘perks’ unless you mean the power of collaboration, professional discourse, impacting others’ and your own pedagogy, learning together.
     
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    In Canada I don't see qualifications as the key factor. Coaches work with teachers. Specialists work with kids. Typically, specialists require a few additional courses. Coaches might have a few additional courses. But the key is really who they are as a teacher. Some teachers have formal courses, others do most of their learning through reading, etc. What Districts seem to be looking for is people who know their stuff (however they learned it) and have actively applied it for the duration in their classroom.
     
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    I meant intrinsically rewarding, not necessarily the monetary aspect. I’m always looking to advance in my career and think participating in group collaboration about how to teach math would be exciting.
     
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    I’m more of a peer coach. Not listed on your chart. I have a masters degree, more than 20years experience teaching, and attended a regional coaching academy. I don’t get paid for this- it’s a service role I gratefully accept.
     
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    I went for an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and volunteered for several positions as a coach and team lead.
     
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    Would that be the same program that AP's and P's would complete to be qualified for those positions?
     
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    Not necessarily. My school (Wright State) has a track for teachers who want the degree but not the certification. There's also a Teacher Leader endorsement.

    That being said, I am back at the same school finishing the additional coursework for the principal license.
     

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