Instructional Coach Report

Instructional Coach Report

November 24, 2020

As indicated last month, my focus is starting to be able to shift towards math coaching. During the month of November I have had several observations of math teachers. We are exploring ways to utilize technology so that as much as possible we can avoid adding an additional person into the classroom. Specifically, the OWL’s are showing themselves to be very useful for me to observe a class.

I am also helping teachers who are trying to pilot synchronous instruction, specifically around the technology needed to do this. Different teachers are trying different things to give us a better picture of the best approach. One important thing to be aware of is that synchronous instruction with a mixture of in person and remote learners will look completely different than synchronous instruction if we go to a totally remote model.

Work on evaluating and creating a recommendation for a math program continues. We have 3 specific programs we are considering and by December 3rd will have had presentations from the publisher for all of them. It is my goal to have a recommendation for the Academic Subcommittee by the December 16th committee meeting.

I am also providing training to our K - 8 staff on MAP Skills, which is an add-on module to the NWEA platform allowing teachers to more accurately determine specific skills that students need assistance with, so we can better address their needs.

The high school league is moving forward with competitions in local schools. Likewise, we are soon starting up the KVML (Kennebec Valley Math League) which is a league for middle school students. Those meets as well will be done within each individual school.

Monthly meetings with the mentor team, STEAM Lead Teachers, CCS Leadership Team, and the WMEC PD Committee continue to happen as well. I have joined a new subgroup from the WMEC focused around Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and am getting useful feedback from other districts about how they are handling things such as remote learning or other related issues.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brian Twitchell

Instructional Coach

Mathematics and Science