Instructional Teacher Information

What makes a Great Instructional Coach?

Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of the subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Glidden-Ralston is proud to have Kim Flanagan (email) as an Instructional Coach. Lindsey Klocke (Curr Director) also steps in when needed.  At its core, instructional coaching involves two people: the classroom teacher and the coachKim works one-on-one and in small groups with teachers, providing guidance, training, and other resources as needed. Together, they focus on practical strategies for engaging students and improving their learning. She has played an even bigger role during the pandemic.

The instructional coach role has a great value in being proactive rather than reactive. Their role is to:

  • help reflect on instruction and collaborate as teachers
  • encourage positive change in the school culture
  • promote the use of data analysis to inform teaching practice
  • promote two way accountability
  • promote supportive, connected environments

For more information contact Mrs. Flanagan