Discipline: Professional Resources

Copyright: 2013

Grade(s): K - 8

Delivery Method: Print

Imprint: Heinemann

Author(s): Lucy West, Antonia Cameron

Agents of Change

How Content Coaching Transforms Teaching and Learning

“If education is to be the learning profession, then we must walk the walk of learners.  The bottom line is not perfection, constant success, and high test scores.  The bottom line is creating a culture in which learning, innovation, and collaboration are the norms—a learning culture.  When adults in schools create such environments, children will thrive.”

—Lucy West and Antonia Cameron

How can teacher leaders cultivate an adult learning environment that will upgrade teaching capacity system-wide, and ultimately improve student learning in every classroom?  Lucy West and Toni Cameron turn decades of experience designing and implementing coaching initiatives into a practical resource for transforming school culture and inspiring true learning at every level. 

Agents of Change provides coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders with specific techniques, tools, and strategies for working with individual classroom teachers to plan and co-teach lessons, reflect on them afterwards, and find evidence of student learning. Lucy and Toni argue that when we infuse rich learning conversations into the professional discourse via coaching, study lessons, and regular meeting times for professionals to work collaboratively, we’re able to examine what it takes on a day to day basis to reach every student in our classrooms.  The transformative potential of content coaching to improve both teacher and student learning on a school-wide level has never been more clear.