Our Learning Coaches balance the roles of coaching and curriculum facilitation in a student-centered coaching model. They engage in curriculum coaching: creating learning experiences for faculty and course-alike teams to design curriculum and student-centered coaching cycles, partnering with teachers in the classroom, focused on student learning and evidence-based practices. Their work is invaluable but sometimes goes unnoticed.
"The Learning Coaches embody the Nido Way every day. The coaches are engaged across divisions, partnering with teachers around student learning goals and facilitating the development of the curriculum. They are reflective and responsive, continuously seeking to improve their processes through experimentation and feedback. They are learners and are often reading a book or sharing an article that will help improve teaching practices and learning outcomes for students. They are always ready to support their colleagues and our Nido students", explains Nido's Director of Professional Development and Curriculum, Kelly Hannon.
The team, made up by Jennifer, Colleen, Amber, Nicole, and Tom, not only foster and support a culture of teacher leaders but also build parent understanding and support of learning through parent education sessions and much more. "The most rewarding part of being a learning coach in my first year at Nido has been to read the reflections of teachers as they share the impact of coaching cycles on student learning, witness the team development of course-alike curriculum teachers, celebrate with other coaches and administration professional learning experiences that hit the mark, and walk alongside our teaching fellows as they develop their teaching chops", explains Nicole, and Jennifer adds, "as a learning coach, I find the opportunities for collaboration with diverse colleagues extremely rewarding...I love being a part of a school culture that looks at student work collaboratively, and love being able to connect colleagues who are pondering similar dilemmas or ideas".
Colleen explains that "what has been most rewarding for me has been partnering with teachers and coaches inside our Nido classrooms - inquiring into student learning, co-teaching, reflecting and thinking deeply together, and celebrating student growth along the way! I'm honored to be part of a school that values teacher agency, offers contextualized PD, and keeps the focus on student learning". Tom also reflects that "for the first time in my career, I had a day of work across three schools. I co-taught in a kindergarten science class, met with a middle school administrator, and set a learning goal for co-teaching with a high school teacher. Does it get any better than that? The perspective gives our team unique insight into learning across the school and allows for nuanced conversations around how best to partner with teachers and administrators for the betterment of learning".
Amber's reflection is special as she just finished her last semester at Nido and will be moving to the United States as an educational consultant. Looking back she says that, "our coaching program is unique in that we work closely as a collaborative team of learning coaches. Colleen, Jennifer, Tom, Nicole and I are constantly learning from and with each other in order to support students and teachers. I also love working side-by-side with Nido's incredible educators. Our teachers' willingness to engage in professional learning, whether while partnering with them in their own classrooms or facilitating team meetings, makes our jobs as learning coaches so rewarding".
Thank you to our Nido Learning Coaches for being true ambassadors of #TheNidoWay and for inspiring our teachers and students on a daily basis. As one of our faculty members explained so clearly: "they have been rocking it at Nido and pushing learning forward for years, their work impacts the entire school. They are facilitating the growth of the Nido Way."