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Coaches help intermediate school district (ISD), district, and school personnel implement and sustain the use of effective innovations so that they will endure over time. In order to do this, coaches must develop relationships, have knowledge of the core components of the effective innovation, possess proactive teaching skills and effectively communicate. 


Systems coaching is a required part of the MIBLSI model and focuses on developing a leadership team’s capacity to effectively implement and sustain the use of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). 

  • The integrated MTSS model includes three effective innovations: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), School-wide Reading Model, and Secondary Content Area Reading Model.
  • The Promoting Positive School Climate and PBIS ISD projects focuses on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). 

Installing and working towards implementing with fidelity requires regular work outside of a training session. The coach prepares to support the team beginning with installation activities, then during initial implementation and through cycles of continuous improvement, with the end goal being improved student outcomes. 

Coaching Support Sessions

Coaches attend coaching support sessions to deepen their knowledge about core features and critical components of the work. Trainers offer coaches an opportunity to preview and use tools and resources and identify how best to contextualize the information for their team. Coaches prepare to facilitate team discussion around activities at the upcoming professional learning session and anticipate any barriers that could impede the team’s efforts.

Prerequisite Knowledge for Coaching Behavior Systems and Practices - School Level

  • Knows about Applied Behavior Analysis and/or agrees all behavior serves a purpose and can be changed.
  • Understands that in order to change student behavior, it is necessary to alter the environment and adult interactions with the student.
  • Actively seeks to alter “role-bound authority” beliefs (e.g., students should just behave because the adults told them to).
  • Experience with successful PBIS implementation (preferred) or willingness to observe successful implementation sites and learn how to effectively replicate the success.
  • Can provide evidence of intervening to prevent and reduce misbehaviors as opposed to resorting to suspending students.
  • Shows willingness to devote additional time to deepen personal knowledge of an integrated behavior and reading MTSS model as well as specific components related to behavior supports, coaching techniques, and data analysis.

Prerequisite Knowledge for Coaching Reading Systems and Practices - Elementary

  • Familiar with and supportive of the finding of the National Reading Panel (NRP) Report.
  • Experience with or awareness of MTSS and reading-specific Institute of Education Science (IES) Practice Guides (e.g., “Assisting Students Struggling with Reading”).
  • Experience with the successful implementation of:
    • A core reading program that was structured to teach the Big Ideas of Reading to mastery using a combination of whole group, small group, and individual student instructional supports.
    • School-wide systems designed to improve reading achievement (e.g., use of 90-minute reading block, provided additional intervention to struggling students within the general education setting).
    • Administering and scoring Curriculum Based Measures (CBMs) such as Acadience Reading.
    • Data analysis to inform instructional adjustments for students (e.g., grade level, below grade level, intensive needs students).

Prerequisite Knowledge for Coaching Reading Systems and Practices - Secondary

  • Familiar with the Big Ideas of Adolescent Reading and the recommendations outlined in secondary reference materials (e.g., IES Practice Guide for Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices).
  • Willing to develop implementation plans for core subject area teachers to teach common reading strategies in content area classes.
  • Able to review and action plan using Early Warning Indicator data for all students and curriculum-based measures for students with intensive needs.
  • Shows willingness to devote additional time to deepen personal knowledge of an integrated behavior and reading MTSS model as well as, specific components related to reading supports, coaching techniques, and data analysis.

Coaching Responsibilities

  • Develop an individualized coaching service delivery plan for each team the coach supports based on data.
  • Participate as a member of the leadership team.
  • Prompt the team to monitor the activities within their implementation plan.
  • Provide assistance with installing the structures and tools necessary to implement MTSS components with fidelity and sustainability through modeling, consultation, and feedback.
  • Develop the team's fluency around resources, assessment tools, and data use.
  • Enhance the team's skills and assist them in adapting the MTSS components to fit the culture and context of the district or school.
  • Facilitate team meetings and specific agenda topics with the goal of developing the team's collective capacity to fulfill those functions.
  • Remain open to giving and receiving feedback for the purpose of refining coaching skills.

Coaching Service Delivery Plans

A coach’s use of data to inform supports will increase the likelihood that teams will continue to work to implement with fidelity and that the work will be sustained. A Coaching Service Delivery Plan (CSDP) outlines the concepts that will be intentionally coached, the continuum of coaching strategies to be used, types of information that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the coaching, the frequency of coaching, coach preparation and guidelines for providing feedback to the team. The development of a CSDP allows for differentiated coaching supports based on the team’s stage of implementation and context.  MIBLSI has created Coaching Service Delivery Plan templates (see the Tools and Resources sidebar) to outline the concepts to be coached at the ISD, District and School Level. Step by step directions (i.e., “cheat sheets”) for developing the CSDP are also provided. 

This video provides a brief overview of how to develop an individualized Coaching Service Delivery Plan:

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