SCSD#1 Instructional Facilitators institute a coaching model based largely on the work of Dr. Jim Knight, believing in the partnership approach where teachers and coaches work together following the seven partnership principles:

  • Equality
  • Choice
  • Voice
  • Reflection
  • Dialogue
  • Praxis
  • Reciprocity

Focusing on content planning, instruction, formative assessment, and community building has the greatest impact on student achievement.

"If a student is in one of the most effective classrooms, he/she will learn in 6 months what those in an average classroom will take a year to learn. And if a student is in one of the least effective classrooms in that school, the same amount of learning takes 2 years."

--Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of Education, University of MIchigan 2014