Key Components Summary Statement

Participants will:

  • Develop a Community of Practice with their training cohort
  • Deepen their understanding of coaching practices, skills and strategies
  • Gain access to online tools, frameworks and resources
  • Have the option of achieving Linked Learning Coach Certification
  • Understand the systemic support needs of practitioners implementing Linked Learning
  • Understand the criteria for achieving high quality Linked Learning implementation
  • Learn how to utilize adult learning theory and build their capacity to facilitate change Learning Focus Areas for Each Module

Module 1: Supporting Quality Linked Learning Pathways

  • Share the belief that all high school graduates should be engaged in learning by linking interest, talents and goals with challenging college and career outcomes.
  • Recognize that both college and career readiness is the goal of systems of high quality Linked Learning pathways that are accessible to, and support the success of, all students
  • Use agreed upon language to deliver a consistent message about Linked Learning
  • Advocate for the pathway design, delivery structures, outcome-driven curriculum, performance assessments and learning and teaching practices that characterize the Linked Learning approach

Module 2: Coaching Leaders to Support Significant Change

  • Distinguish among various coaching approaches and service models
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational change and transformational coaching
  • Assess client needs and goals in order to align coaching strategies
  • Employ a variety of coaching strategies
  • Recognize the different clients that are served in the Linked Learning approach and collaborate in district coaching teams to achieve a cohesive message and confluence of efforts

Module 3: Supporting College and Career Readiness

  • Assist clients to craft college and career district graduate and pathway outcomes
  • Offer strategies for aligning outcomes across district, site, and pathway that reflect College and Career Readiness and align with Common Core Standards.
  • Recognize well designed learning opportunities and offer strategies and resources for crafting them

Module 4: Coaching for Equity

  • Create a coaching community that supports college and career for all students and builds and sustains equitable, high-quality practices.
  • Continue to be aware of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that may influence the ability to advocate for equity in Linked Learning programs.
  • Have access to resources and promising practices that promote equity, access, and choice as well as interrupt patterns of inequity that may exist in schools and districts.

Module 5: Coaching for Effective Collaboration and Transformation of Practice

  • Establish a habit of continual reflection on the effectiveness of team collaboration.
  • Engage effective protocols for discussion, reaching consensus and dealing with resistance.
  • Employ the community of practice continuum to build team capacity
  • Encourage distributed leadership across collaborative structures

Module 6: Promoting a Culture of Continuous Improvement

  • Nurture attitudes and promote practices that establish a cycle of continuous improvement
  • Model the use of data-driven dialogue focused on student outcomes
  • Encourage the establishment of systems of communication that inform all stakeholders about the indicators of college and career readiness

Module 7: Providing Targeted Coaching Services (Online Learning)

  • Provide systemic support
  • Engage in district and site based coaching
  • Recognize the interdependent and distinct nature of implementation work at each level of the system