- Age Range: 5 - 13 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann (September 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0325013837
- ISBN-13: 978-0325013831
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agents of Change: How Content Coaching Transforms Teaching and Learning
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West and Cameron achieve a homerun record with this book. In a time of rapid change in education driven by more rigorous content standards that require new ways of teaching and learning, especially in mathematics, and higher standards for teacher performance, effective coaching is even more essential. Coaching, as West and Cameron portray it, is a powerful vehicle for the continuous development of teachers and elevating teaching to the status of a profession. --Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor, Learning Forward and co-author of Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches and Coaching Matters
This is a state-of-the-art book on coaching skills by two of the most experienced and accomplished coaches in the country. But Agents of Change is far more than that. The book reflects the authors understanding of how, properly constructed and implemented, the position of instructional coach can be a potent lever for system-wide improvement of teaching and learning. Coaches can be change agents to the adult professional culture as well as resources to individual teachers. The authors lived this message in the 1990 s in District 2 in NYC. That district became the top performer in the whole city over that decade, in large part by implementing the model they describe. This is not just theory. Yes, readers focused on the texture of coaching excellence will find a treasury of subtle insights into planning, points of intervention, and communication skills. But this book is an important addition to the literature on systemic change and should not be missed by policymakers, school board members, and educational leaders at all levels. --Dr. Jon Saphier, Founder of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. and author of The Skillful Teacher
In an article on coaching in The New Yorker (October 3, 2011), Atul Gawande extolled the sort of coaching that fosters effective innovation and judgment, not merely the replication of technique. The book by West and Cameron builds a forward-looking framework for just such coaching, 21st century coaching consistent with schools of the future, replacing the factory-model schools of past and present. The framework values learning on a par with performance, for both students and teachers. Most importantly, perhaps, the framework portrays the coach not as a luxury for schools and districts in times of plenty, but as a pivotal component of effective educational systems. Further, the book is very practical and helpful in describing the framework. As they lay out its components, the authors offer many clear strategies for coaches to follow, along with describing potential traps, those roles and behaviors coaches should not assume. --Mark Driscoll
About the Author
Lucy West is the founder and Director of Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities. Formerly the Director of Mathematics Instruction in New York City's Community School District 2, Lucy also served as Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Grades K-12, for nearly 200 schools in New York City's Region 9. She is a nationally known speaker on professional development practices and a master mathematics coach.
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Probably most important is their model of co-teaching as a core practice for coaching. If you think coaches are to just observe, or are to always wait until the teacher can construct wisdom, read carefully about how West and Cameron honor teacher voice and thought while guiding them toward what are clearly best practices.