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State Spotlight: How Texas Used Coaching to Impact Outcomes
This state spotlight focuses on Texas’s implementation effort to improve teacher practice and student outcomes, by embedding and sustaining an effective coaching framework across the state. Of critical importance for TEA was to take a strategic approach to implementing aligned coaching across several schools, districts, and regions, which can be extremely challenging. Some of the challenges include: ensuring that the coaching is based on the most effective and research-based practices; providing coaches with ongoing, high-quality professional development; and systematically collecting data and using that data for continuous improvement. This spotlight highlights the strategies they have employed and their impact on implementing a coaching framework to build teacher capacity and achieve improved student outcomes.