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MCMI Coaching Institute

Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative

Coaching Institute


 Coaching is designed to focus on student thinking and learning, which allows the coach to help teachers extend their understanding of mathematics content and pedagogy, deepen their understanding of instructional strategies, analyze and assess student work, and improve teaching (SVMI 2007). Coaching can help teachers effectively transfer professional learning into daily practice and help support the reflective process for teachers.

The Mathematics Coaching Institute is designed for educators who serve in a coaching role in their districts and schools; they may be released either full time or part time but should have the opportunity to support teachers to improve their instructional practice. The Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative (MCMI) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is offering seven sessions, with a focus on supporting teachers in either a virtual or face-to-face environment.

The institute is designed to provide opportunities for coaches to:

- Engage as a community of learners focused on supporting mathematics teaching and learning in their districts and schools;

- Build their capacity to support teachers to develop content and pedagogical content knowledge with a focus on student learning as teachers implement the CCSSM in their classrooms;

- Engage in the analysis of cases of classroom practice to provide opportunities explore teachers’ practice in greater depth;

- Build their coaching skills and abilities, for both individual teachers and groups of teachers;

- Engage in collaborative problem-solving to address common issues and problems of practice;

- Use resources and tools to support their practice; and

- Make connections to the ongoing professional development for teachers focused on problem solving classrooms, the formative assessment process, the integration of technology and access and equity.

Session 1: Engaging in student centered coaching – September 24, 2020

Session 2: Supporting teacher learning through the coaching cycle – October 29, 2020

Session 3: Our role in supporting teacher growth – December 3, 2020

Session 4: Refining strategies and building on teacher strengths – January 28, 2021

Session 5: Sharing our practice – February 25, 2021

Session 6: Collaborative problem solving and team collaboration – March 18, 2021

Session 7: Reflection and planning – April 22, 2021

Virtual sessions are held via Zoom from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM each day and are free for districts participating in the PD Consortium.