Leadership Coaching Lab
The promise of the Leadership Coaching Lab (LCL) is to build a robust mathematics leadership community in which the role of curriculum specialists, coaches, and teacher leaders is public and itself the focus of study among colleagues. Across the year, sessions provide Leadership Coaching Lab participants with recursive opportunities to reflect on their role in engaging colleagues in planning instruction, leading mathematically intense conversations, and using video to develop a keen eye for the essence of the mathematics in conceptually-grounded lessons. Content-focused and leadership capacity goals for LCL include:
- Engaging in mathematically intense conversations about lessons and learning;
- Analyzing video-based teaching episodes and providing feedback focused on enhancing students’ opportunities to learn the desired learning goal;
- Developing deeper insights related to identified vertical trajectories in the K-12 standards;
- Utilizing structures and routines that promote mathematical reasoning, representations-based argumentation, and algebraic generalization;
- Evaluating the extent to which a given set of visuals and/or contextual representations is useful/powerful in promoting specific conceptual learning goals;
- Deepening our understanding of how teaching for conceptual understanding and students’ sense of self efficacy are linked; and
- Applying our “keen eye” in support of planning and implementing stronger conceptually-focused lessons.
Resources to Support Teacher Leaders & Coaches
NCSM Coaching Corner: NSCM’s Coaching Corner provides coaches, specialists, teacher leaders, and administrators with a range of resources to support their coaching efforts.
This website is supported by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession. The site includes links to content and tools related to teacher leadership development. One such tool that may be of particular interest to the community is the Teacher Leadership Skills Framework.
Metamorphosis: Metamorphosis Teaching and Learning Communities was founded by Lucy West, a leader in the world of coaching mathematics and managing systems to support mathematics reform. Lucy is the lead author of Content-Focused Coaching: Transforming Mathematics Lessons and Agents of Change.
The Mathematics Education Collaborative was founded by Ruth Parker. Ruth is a leader in mathematics reform, co-author of Making Number Talks Matters as well as a host of resources and tools for supporting parents and the community.
Teacher Development Group provides resources for leaders of mathematics. The site includes a link to their annual Leadership Seminar. The impressive list of speakers for this seminar includes Amanda Jansen, Virginia Bastable, Michael Flynn, Elham Kazemi, Linda Cooper Foreman, Hilda Borko, Susan Jo Russell, Debra Schifter, Linda Levi, and many other leaders in mathematics research and educational reform.
Elena Aguilar’s Coaching Blog: Education Week includes a monthly blog post by educational leader Elena Aguilar, the author of the The Art of Coaching and The Art of Coaching Teams.