Leadership Coaching




The research on effective professional development has shown little impact of traditional training programs on creating change in the classroom (Collins. 1997; Joyce & Showers. 1995). It recommends models that provide ongoing support and are job embedded, and it specifically recommends coaching. This is not news to experienced staff developers. Looking at the figure above you can see that without coaching built into the improvement process, only between 5% and 15% learning is transferred.


Implementing new learning doesn’t occur by learning new skills or information but by providing support through coaching to embed them. Put another way, if your staff development budget is $100,000 and is focused on a workshop model, although learning is taking place, you are getting a benefit of only $5,000-$15,000 worth of learning that transfers to the classroom. With coaching, your investment would yield a whopping $80,000-$90,000.