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CaMSP December 2016 Newsletter

Coaching Tool - Tehama County Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary Teachers (SEES)

Coaches in Tehama County’s SEES partnership use the Coaching: Goals, Planning and Results Form to review student and teacher learning goals. The form includes NGSS Performance Expectations, Science and Engineering Practices, Cross Cutting Concepts, Engineering Disciplinary Core Ideas, and how technology will be integrated.


Coaches work with the teachers in developing these goals for the teacher and for students in a preconference and review the results after the lesson. Student goals can be both the quality of discussions and/or a product. The teacher goals center around how the lesson is taught. For example, how the teacher integrates SEPs into the lesson. The last part of the form is designed to guide coach/teacher conversations about the strengths of the lesson as well as any challenges that emerged. This, in turn, leads to the development of goals for the next lesson and any additional support needed to reach these goals. Public Works reviews each of the coaches’ forms and uses a Coaching Summary Form to generate frequencies of SEPs, CCCs, Engineering DCIs, and Technology.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Project Director, advises the use of the form early with teachers to let them become familiar with its different components. In addition, developing specific criteria or rubrics for student work is important before giving the lesson so that both the teacher and coach clearly understand what evidence of student learning they are looking for. The tool is a valuable instrument for the project and provides information that has informed the professional development process. In the beginning, few lessons addressed engineering so they added more time for it in their trainings and saw a large increase in the incorporation of engineering into the teachers’ lessons.