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District- or school-based coaches? Research shows it makes a difference

October 23, 2019

When Debra Lane was an administrator in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, school leaders advocated for some say in how to use flexible funding. Many of them created instructional coaching positions.

Lane sometimes assigned coaches to work with struggling teachers. Other times, coaches were pioneers, testing new strategies with a few teachers. With that autonomy, “I found that I could quickly move the work much faster,” says Lane.

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