Faculty Mentors

Dr. Sharene Smoot


Many states and school districts are using federal funds to hire instructional coaches to provide quality professional development for teachers. These instructional coaches provide on-site, on-going support for teachers. This study inquired into about teachers' perceptions of instructional coaches, both positive and negative. A survey was given to 52 teachers from four elementary schools that have had a coach for the past few years. The results indicated that 97% of the teachers who have been coached perceived the experience as beneficial and would choose to be coached again in the future. When asked about the benefits of being coached, the most prevalent answers were the opportunities to learn new strategies; the coach's modeling of lessons in the classroom; the immediate feedback given by the coach to the teacher; and the availability of resources from the coach.



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