Instructional Coach Report

Instructional Coach Report

May 27, 2020

During the past month I have continued my work providing support and helping plan and present Professional Development opportunities for the staff. We have worked to create sessions that are relevant for teachers in the COVID-19 world.

From March 26 through June 2 we have offered (or plan to offer) a total of 17 workshops for staff. Many topics have revolved around the use of digital platforms for distance learning, such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Zoom, while others in more recent weeks have focused on a wider variety of topics. These include a presentation from Somerset Health sharing some data about students in our district over the past several years.

I also have begun working on helping to develop a plan for the fall when teachers need to figure out what their students have missed in the prior grade and how to include the core portions of that material in the upcoming school year.

For the most part my regular office hours on Zoom from 8:00 - 9:00 have continued, providing an opportunity for staff to drop in to ask questions and get help where needed. Of course, many will also email me at other times and some will call me.

With changes in the certification law, we need to update our handbook for certification renewals. That process began on May 21 with a meeting of the committee and over the next few weeks I will be working with the WMEC to create a common template, which then our certification committee will be able to finalize and bring to the board for approval.

Changes also need to be happening in the evaluation process. However, although there is a new law that changes the evaluation requirements starting in September 2021, the rules from the DOE have not yet been released, so I expect the work to update this handbook will start in the fall.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brian Twitchell

Instructional Coach

Mathematics and Science