Below is the first part of an article by Jessica Aguirre and Barb Kunz from nbcbayarea.com. It reads…
It’s a phrase you often hear in the business world. Whether for CEO’s, doctors or athletes, it’s not uncommon for professionals to have a coach, someone who brings new ideas and a fresh perspective to their work.
Now that idea is taking off in the classroom – and taking seasoned educators to another level.
Felicia Douwes, a Spanish dual immersion teacher affectionately known as “Maestra Douwes” at Valley View Elementary in Pleasanton, has been teaching for more than a decade. But this semester she’s trying something new. Maestra Douwes is trading places with her students and turning her white board over to “the coach” – Duane Habecker.
Habecker is one of eight instructional coaches in the Pleasanton Unified School District. They’re experts in literacy, technology or, as in Habecker’s case, mathematics. And they go into the trenches to teach veteran teachers.
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