Author: Leah Ward

Woulfin on Coaching for Coherence

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Woulfin on a recent publication in EducatioDr. Sarah Woulfin, headshotnal Researcher titled “Coaching for Coherence: How Instructional Coaches Lead Change in the Evaluation Era“.  The abstract describes:

Instructional coaching has emerged as a prevalent and much-lauded instrument for capacity building. This essay argues that coaching can be aligned with teacher evaluation systems to work toward the effective implementation of instructional reforms, including Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Within the current policy context, coaching can support reform by (a) developing shared understandings, (b) modeling practices, and (c) brokering ideas. We discuss examples of coaches’ leadership actions related to the evaluation process, thus illustrating the potential for coaching to promote coherence in instructional improvement. We conclude by discussing barriers to the enactment of reform-aligned coaching as well as implications for leaders positioned at multiple levels of the education system.  For the full article, please visit the Educational Researcher.

UCAPP’s Summer PLUS Students

Dr. Sarah Woulfin with members from the UCAPP PLUS cohort, summer 2017

This past summer Dr. Sarah Woulfin taught the Educational Policy course to the PLUS Hartford cohort.  Students analyzed multiple current policy issues, including educator evaluation, state assessment policies, school discipline, and the CCJEF decision.  Dr. Carbone, a Hartford Public Schools superintendent and Neag Ed.D. graduate, was a guest speaker on principals’ roles in enacting district initiatives.