Coaching Principals and Teams in Rhode Island’s Turnaround Schools

Coaching Principals and Teams in Rhode Island’s Turnaround Schools

As part of its Race To The Top planning, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) decided to launch an Academy for Transformative Leadership to strengthen leadership for low-achieving schools across the state. RIDE selected NYC Leadership Academy to assist in the design and launch of a variety of new school leadership programs as part of this initiative, including an aspiring principals program, online and face-to-face professional development, and a coaching program to support school leaders.

For the coaching program, NYC Leadership Academy worked with RIDE to recruit and hire several retired Rhode Island school leaders to become coaches for principals in priority schools. Through workshops, online training, observations and feedback, and the opportunity to shadow experienced coaches in New York City, NYC Leadership Academy has worked with the Rhode Island coaches to build their skills and help them develop a community of practice around supporting school leaders who are driving change in the state’s highest needs schools.

Based on NYC Leadership Academy’s signature competency-based approach to coaching, the work of the Rhode Island coaches includes the use of our Leadership Performance Planning Worksheet (LPPW). Using this tool, the coaches and their coachees focus their work on the leadership dimensions most critical to the individual principal’s development as a leader and to his or her ability to successfully address the school’s most urgent priorities.

In addition to supporting principals, the coaches also work with the principals and their school leadership teams to help them more effectively work together and align their shared efforts to improving student performance and achievement.