As a learning organization, GLN is constantly refining its work. In 2013 we launched two new strands to our teacher development program: Professional Reading Circles (PRCs) and Coaching. These models rely on a cadre of experienced teachers who have added the roles of facilitator and coach to their repertoires.
Our facilitators/coaches form a group of about six to eight teachers who have had successful classroom experience. They are thoughtful about their practice and able to share their insights with newer teachers. At the same time, they are eager to continue to develop their own practice as teachers.
Their work has two levels, both of which are enacted with a small group of 4-6 GLN Teaching Fellows. First, they facilitate group sessions with these Fellows. Second, they visit the classroom of each of the 4-6 members of their coaching group for coaching. This means that they will talk ahead of time with the teacher, identify a 20-30 minute phase of the lesson to watch, and then debrief with the teacher, following a GLN format.
Benefits & Responsibilities
A coach is a fellow teacher who thinks with a colleague about practice. In fact, as time goes on, the members of each PRC will visit each other’s classes and coach as well! Moreover, anyone who has coached will tell you that watching a colleague teach is a great way to refine our OWN practices as teachers! We often learn at least as much as we share with the teacher we are coaching.
The coaching year begins in the Spring Semester, which is when GLN inducts and trains new GLN Teaching Fellows. During the Fall and Spring semesters, a typical time commitment is one or two Coaches’ Circles of an hour each, one or two coaching group meetings of about an hour each, and coaching visits as possible.
2015 Coaching Schedule
January 10th, 2015, 9am – 5pm: Annual Forum
Week of 2/16: Coaching group meeting
March 15, 2015: Spring Mid-semester Workshop
Week of 3/30: Coaching group meeting (Debrief Trying it Out and intro peer visits, which can begin now and continue through the summer)
Summer 2015: Peer Visits, Coaching Visits as possible. No coaching group meetings
August 15, 2015: Fall Advanced Workshop
Week of 10/5: coaching group meeting (Reader Response, debrief commitments and peer visits)
How to Apply
We are currently accepting applications for 2015 Language Coaches. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Passion for GLN’s mission and learning approach
- Language teaching experience (2 or more years)
- Solid understanding and practice of communicative language teaching
- Team work and ability to work in a collaborative environment and provide support to other teachers