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Personalized Instructional Coaching

for Higher Education

ABOUT

The University Teaching Program is a 1-on-1 instructional coaching program that supports higher education professors and instructors of any experience level in developing research-supported teaching best practices and habits. We recognize that teaching is a difficult, complex skill that, like research, is best approached through intentional experimentation, frequent feedback, and expert support. Our methods are based on the foundational belief that expert coaching is a professional right and can benefit faculty members of any skill level and background.

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Is The University Teaching Program Right For You?

We work with a wide range of educators, including:

● Professors
● Adjunct Faculty
● Lecturers
● Department Chairs

 

Our coaching is particularly invaluable for instructors who are starting a new career, though we work with instructors of all experience levels and disciplines. Participating instructors must be open to classroom observations, eager for instructional feedback, and looking for an experienced instructional thought-partner.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our coaching combines regular classroom observations and with post-observation debriefs to discuss and share instructional best practices and strategies that apply across content areas. Faculty members are individually coached and guided through a data-driven reflection process around instructional decision-making. Importantly, coaching and feedback is tailored to each faculty member’s specific classroom experience and context.

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4 – 8 COACHING
SESSIONS

Receive coaching for part of a semester or the whole semester

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CORE INSTRUCTIONAL
SKILLS

Build, refine, and perfect key instructional skills and tactics

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TARGETED AND ACTIONABLE FEEDBACK

Focus on areas of instruction most important to participating instructors 


 

What Participating Instructors Can Expect

The overall goal of our coaching services is improved student academic achievement and success. With this in mind, by the end of the program participating faculty members can expect:

 
 
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An improved instructor “tool kit” of teaching strategies and activities

 
 
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A higher level of teaching satisfaction, confidence, and ability

 
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An improved ability to reflect on instructional choices and decisions

 
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A clearer teaching philosophy that speaks to the instructor’s personality, discipline, and context

 

COACHING TOPICS

Each faculty member receives individual support that is tailored to their experience level, instructional goals, and preference. 
Potential coaching topics include:

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LESSON PLANNING

  • Lesson and course organization

  • Planning and managing student practice

  • Time and task management

  • Balancing teaching and scholarship

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LESSON DELIVERY

  • Engaging students in a learning

  • Differentiating classroom instruction

  • Managing ratio

  • Asking effective, challenging questions

  • Responding to student answers

  • Managing lesson pacing

  • Co-teaching

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LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  • Creating an inclusive learning environment

  • Diversity and inclusivity in the classroom

  • Establishing presence and rapport

 
 

OUR COACHES

 

Our coaches come from a variety of instructional backgrounds but share a deep passion for and expertise in the “nuts and bolts” of effective teaching. Their purpose is to act as a helpful source of support and offer instructional suggestions, information, and resources tailored to faculty member’s classroom experience. Each coach brings 10+ years of teaching experience and 5+ years of instructional coaching experience.

 
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Instructional Coach Spotlight

Sarah James
Harvard University

 

Sarah is a PhD Candidate in Social Policy and Government at Harvard University. Her research interests include state and local redistributive politics, policy feedback, and civic engagement. In addition to her research, Sarah works with the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the Sposato Graduate School of Education, coaching and evaluating educators. Prior to coming to Harvard, Sarah worked as a teacher, department chair, and high school principal in the Boston area. She holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Ed. from Boston University.

 
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COACHING OPTIONS

Coaching services are highly adaptive and flexible and focus on collaborating with instructors on a manageable set of outcomes.

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TARGETED INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Use The University Teaching Program to personalize coaching and development for yourself or your department over half of a semester. After an introductory meeting with a coach to discuss instructional goals, instructors receive one 30-minute observation either in-person or via video roughly every other week for two months. Instructors meet with their coach either in-person or virtually soon after each classroom observation to reflect on their instruction and discuss ideas and techniques to consider for future instruction. Coaching can begin at any point during the semester and can also be used to personalize coaching for a group of instructors.

Half Semester:

  • Introductory Coaching Meeting 
  • 4 Classroom Observations
  • 4 Coaching Sessions
 
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TRANSFORMATIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

When your instructional vision includes big shifts, investing in a full semester of coaching ensures instructors receive the coaching frequency and thought-partnership they need to upgrade their practice. After an introductory meeting with a coach to discuss instructional goals, instructors receive one 30-minute observation either in-person or via video roughly every other week for four months. Instructors meet with their coach soon after each classroom observation to reflect on their instruction and discuss ideas and techniques to consider for future instruction. Coaching can begin at any point before the halfway point of the semester and can also be used to personalize coaching for a group of instructors.

Full Semester:

  • Introductory Coaching Meeting 
  • 8 Classroom Observations
  • 8 Coaching Sessions 
 

CONTACT US

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