As the nation faces a looming teacher shortage, one of the most powerful tools we have for retaining teachers is coaching. Every district around the nation employs coaching models. But are they effective?

We asked this question two years ago after years of coaching teachers at both the school and district level. After analyzing our impact, we realized our return on investment was not as large as we needed or wanted. Several things emerged from this self-reflection, and with a few corrections we are seeing positive results.

1. Effective coaching includes everyone

Several years ago, we moved from a model of coaching...

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  • About the Author:

    Jeff McCoy is the associate superintendent for academics in Greenville County Schools, South Carolina. Greenville County Schools is the largest district in the state with more than 76,000 students.