The Michigan Department of Education has established explicit criteria for educational coaches that service Michigan’s Priority Schools. There are two types of educational coaches, instructional and content, who have different training requirements.
To be eligible to serve as an instructional coach, an individual must:
- demonstrate proficiency in Coaching 101 training and assessment, and
- complete the MI Excel Core Coaching Modules (4 total, completed in any order) through Michigan Virtual University (MVU).
To be eligible to serve as a content coach, an individual must:
- demonstrate proficiency in Coaching 101 training and assessment
- complete the MI Excel Core Coaching Modules (4 total, complete in any order) through Michigan Virtual University (MVU), and
- complete the MI Excel Content Coaching Modules in each area of desired content coaching (i.e., Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and/or Social Studies).
The MI Excel Coaching modules are offered through MVU’s Professional Learning Portal and can be accessed at https://plp.mivu.org. The modules are free and participants can enroll and begin at any time. These courses along with Coaching 101 must be passed successfully in order to be a content coach in a MI Excel school and be paid through the Regional Assistance Grant.
The course consists of four core modules and several content-specific strategy modules. All coaches must successfully complete the four core modules and at least the content-specific strategy modules for the areas in which they will be coaching. Modules are a combination of activities (all of which are captured in a journal), videos, presentations of content, and quizzes to check for understanding. Online peer coaches will be responsible for grading submitted activities, and they will be available for additional support if needed by the course participants.
- Module 1: The Basics of Coaching
- This module includes a review of Coaching 101 along with a coaching process based on Jim Knight’s work out of the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. It also covers the Instructional Learning Cycle, and common coaching activities.
- Module 2: Using Data to Inform Instruction
- This module is a comprehensive yet understandable overview of using data to improve student achievement. It includes information on the different types of data, using multiple data points to drive decisions, and an introduction to MI School Data and the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum. It also covers assessment types, writing different types of assessment questions, and analyzing the effectiveness of assessments. Finally, more detail about the use of data to inform the Instructional Learning Cycle is provided.
- Module 3: Pedagogy/Coaching Instructional Planning and Practice
- This module covers curriculum, general pedagogy, instructional strategies based on Marzano’s work, and examples of coaching in action.
- Module 4: Multi-Tiered System of Supports
- This module focuses on Michigan's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for grades K-12. The content covers the basics of MTSS, evidence-based strategies for instruction, differentiated instruction and some other instructional strategies to explore. This core module is required for all coaches who will be coaching in MIExcel (High Priority, Title 1) buildings, but the module is open to all who are interested in this topic.
- Reading Strategies
- This module focuses on reading, spelling, and vocabulary. It includes an overview of the Common Core State Standards for ELA, the five components of reading, screening and diagnostic reading assessments, how to select strategies and where to find evidence- based strategies, learning strategies, lesson planning and design, and working with English Language Learners and students with IEPs. This module is required for all MIExcel (Priority, Title 1) reading coaches. It is also valuable for coaches in other subject areas.
- This module focuses on math instruction in grades K-12. It includes an overview of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, learning progressions, screening and diagnostic assessments, instructional strategies, where to find evidence- based strategies, learning strategies, the concrete-representational-abstract model for teaching mathematics and teaching vocabulary in math. This module is required for coaches who will be coaching Math in MIExcel (Priority, Title 1) buildings.
- This module focuses on writing instruction in grades K-12. It includes an overview of the Common Core State Standards related to writing, information on writing skills progressions and learning to write, learning strategies for writing, instructional strategies for writing, ways to assess writing and writing across the curriculum. This module is required for all MIExcel (Priority, Title 1) writing coaches. With a focus on writing across all subject areas, this module is also valuable for coaches in other subject areas.
- Social Studies
- This module focuses on social studies instruction in grades K-12. It includes an overview of the Michigan Social Studies standards, reading, writing and vocabulary in social studies, learning strategies for social studies, effective instructional strategies and ways to assess learning in social studies.
- This module focuses on science instruction in grades K-12. It includes information on reading text and data displays, writing and vocabulary in science, learning strategies for science, effective instructional strategies for the science classroom and ways to assess learning in science.
SCECHs will be available through MVU for each module completed.
Potential MI Excel Content Coaches must complete the online course, but the ISD is welcome to create a blended training module incorporating the online information with additional activities and/or face-to-face meetings of the coaches. A suggested pacing guide along with additional resources that the ISD may find helpful will also be provided.