March 8, 2016
Written by Ivan Charner and Monica Mean, FHI 360
Teachers and teaching are at the forefront of improving student engagement and increasing student learning. The Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC), a partnership between the Annenberg Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, works to build teacher capacity as a means of increasing student engagement and improving student achievement. Since 2013, annual surveys have been administered to both the coaches and teachers that participate in the PIIC program as part of a larger series of research studies on the PIIC model. The teacher survey explores the effects of coaching, looking for relationships among coaching, teaching, and student outcomes as perceived by teachers themselves. Over 300 teachers from schools that provide instructional coaching and who participate in an evidence-based literacy program as part of PIIC were surveyed in the winter of 2014-2015. A survey of almost 350 instructional coaches looked at the extent of the coaches’ interaction with teachers, the topics addressed with teachers and their perceived impact on teachers’ instruction, and the coaches’ interaction with their PIIC mentors.