Field Trip: Coaching Differently

After a funding crisis at Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in Texas, the district decided to try a different coaching model to build teacher capacity.

In this interview, Dr. Suzanne Newell, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Dr. Laura Koehler, principal of Grapevine Middle School, discuss their new strategy.

  • The switch from using classroom specialists to campus-based coaches who report dually to building principals as well as the C&I department
  • Teacher reception to the new system
  • How what started as a crisis ended up with greater teacher capacity and a vibrant leadership development program
  • Why relationships are so important to coaching and leadership