The Pros and Perils Of Coaches

EdWeek has a new story on districts' persistent interest in coaching for teachers that also includes some of the financial and other downsides, which include finding enough good coaches, front-end costs, and the need for schools to get more "wraparound" services than just a coach:

"School boards don't tend to understand the importance of having enough talented people doing the work or of supporting them properly in the school and from the central office. So as a coaching program moves out of a pilot phase and costs go way up, it is hard to keep the money flowing, he said. Coupled with that, Mr. Elmore argued, coaches won't be effective in schools that lack the organizational capacity to take advantage of them, such as a focus on achievement and a good principal."

You can read the whole story here.

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