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Instructional Coaching in Pennsylvania

Instructional coaching is a proven, job-embedded professional development strategy whereby a highly skilled educator works with other educators in a collegial and collaborative manner to raise instructional practice. This personalized, on-going, classroom-based approach fosters teacher growth and provides consistent support as teachers work to improve their knowledge, skills, and techniques within a culture of collective responsibility for student achievement.
Other Resources

Learning Forward
(formerly National Staff Development Council)

University of Kansas Center for Research on Teaching & Learning

Teacher Leaders Network

Pennsylvania is committed to embedding instructional coaching in Commonwealth initiatives and has established a Collaborative Coaching Board to ensure that all coaching efforts are aligned and supported.

Collaborative Coaching Board (CCB)

The Collaborative Coaching Board was created by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Secretary of Education in October of 2006 to ensure the alignment of instructional coaching initiatives in support of school improvement.

The CCB meets quarterly to engage in collaborative planning and resource development in order to connect, support, and strengthen instructional coaching and create a culture of collaboration across the Commonwealth.

CCB Representatives

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
    • Division of Planning & Professional Development
    • Educational Technology Office
  • Pennsylvania Intermediate Units (PAIU) Coaches & Mentors
  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Coaching Programs
  • Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC)
  • Reading First
Pennsylvania Projects

Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC)

The Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC), a partnership of the Annenberg Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, provides the uniform and consistent delivery of sustained professional development around instructional coaching and mentoring, working to build teacher capacity as a means of increasing student engagement and improving student achievement.


Mid Atlantic Comprehensive Center (MACC)

The Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center at the George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education provides customized assistance to state education agencies to help them create coherent support for local education agencies and districts. One of 16 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, MACC serves state education agencies in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to enable them to address the differentiated needs of low-performing schools and districts.


CCB Resources and Documents

For additional information, please contact:

Karl Streckewald |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Teaching and Learning, Division of Planning
333 Market Street, 3rd Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.346.4369
kstreckewa@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us