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Wrapping Up the Year as an Instructional Coach

by Diana Benner
Wrapping Up the Year - Instructional Coach

As the school year draws to a close, instructional coaches play a crucial role in supporting teachers, celebrating successes, and preparing for the year ahead. Let’s explore some end-of-year activities for instructional coaches to effectively wrap things up and set the stage for a successful transition into the next school year.

Reflect on Progress and Achievements

Take time to reflect on the progress and achievements you made throughout the school year. Think about the impact of your coaching efforts on teacher practice and student learning. Reflecting on your successes and challenges can help inform your future coaching priorities and strategies.

Gather Feedback

Seek feedback from teachers to assess the effectiveness of your coaching initiatives. Conduct end-of-year surveys, interviews, or focus groups to gather insights and identify areas for improvement. This feedback will provide valuable insights and help guide your future coaching efforts.

Image of sample survey questions that instructional coaches can ask teachers.
Screenshot by Diana Benner of Sample Survey Questions from Kenny McKee, NWEA

Organize End-of-Year Meetings with Teachers

Schedule end-of-year meetings with teachers to review progress towards goals, celebrate successes, and discuss plans for continued growth and development. Set agendas, review data, and collaboratively set goals for the upcoming school year. End-of-year meetings provide an opportunity to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the next year.

Meet with Administrators

Collaborate with administrators to review your coaching initiatives. Schedule meetings to discuss coaching outcomes, share insights, solicit feedback, and align priorities for the upcoming year. This will ensure that your coaching efforts are aligned with the school’s goals and priorities.

Celebrate Successes

Celebrate the successes and milestones achieved by the teachers you have supported throughout the year. Recognize and acknowledge their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments. Whether it’s a small gesture of appreciation or a larger celebration, taking time to celebrate achievements fosters a positive and supportive school culture.

Prepare for Next Year

With some extra time, you can get a head start on preparations for the upcoming school year. Design a professional development schedule and plan topics based on current needs. Think about how you will support new teachers next year. In addition, create templates, like monthly newsletter templates, and have those ready to go for the upcoming school year. This proactive planning will ensure that you hit the ground running when teachers return.

Plan for Professional Development

Reflect on your own professional development needs and plan for ongoing learning opportunities, either during the summer or next school year. Explore relevant workshops, conferences, or courses to enhance your coaching skills and knowledge. Investing in professional development ensures that you continue to grow and evolve as an instructional coach.

Rest and Recharge

Finally, take time to rest and recharge during the summer break. Prioritize self-care and well-being to ensure that you return to the next school year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Spend time outdoors, practice mindfulness, or pursue hobbies and interests that bring you joy and fulfillment.

As instructional coaches, wrapping up the school year involves reflection, celebration, and preparation for the year ahead. By engaging in these end-of-year activities, instructional coaches can effectively close out the school year and lay the groundwork for continued growth and success in the upcoming academic year. Here’s to a productive and rewarding end-of-year period for instructional coaches everywhere!

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