When considering candidates for coaching positions, decision-makers and leaders should take into account that just as it has been argued that a teacher is the most important determinant of student learning, having the right coach in place can be a key factor in the degree to which teachers learn and transfer that learning to their practice. With that in mind, administrators can use the following tips when staffing a coaching position.
As part of coaching, it is not only teachers who engage in continuous learning and growth; an effective coach is constantly learning through their practice. By providing personalized one-on-one support to teachers, coaches have consistent opportunities to learn by researching solutions that are targeted for specific teacher challenges and contexts, implementing them in the classroom, and collaborating with teachers who bring their own knowledge and experiences to the table. Said one high school coach: "I am not afraid to tell teachers, ‘I don’t know, but I can learn that and then I can help you,’ or, ‘do you want to learn with me?’ I’ve done both of those."