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Effectively Supporting the Professional Development and Growth of Teachers

Project #229

Susan Plant Jennifer Dorval



Learning coaches are privileged to have a place within the school system.  Learning coaches operate under three “C’s”: consultation, collaboration and coaching. This research project involved two experienced teachers, one beginning teacher and the two learning coaches who explored the impact learning coaches could have on teaching and learning in a school division.

Throughout the research the learning coaches found that their role changed based on their relationship with the teacher and the teacher’s own professional needs.  Teachers determined their own personal growth plans and the coach asked questions that encouraged reflection or discussion of practice.  The primary goal was to enhance student learning and to creative collaborative space for professional growth.