Wisconsin’s Vision for Systems Coaching in an RtI Framework
What Do Systems Coaches Do?
Systems coaches work with school teams and/or individuals who are in the process of implementing RtI frameworks for behavior, literacy, or mathematics. They provide coaching support for any or all aspects of the school’s RtI framework, depending on the priorities identified by the Benchmarks of Quality or School-wide Implementation Review and the school’s action plan. Their work may focus on implementing new instructional, literacy, or behavior management practices with mastery and fidelity, or on helping teams to implement selected processes for problem solving or decision making. Systems coaches understand that beliefs and values drive behavior, and they work in partnership with principals and other leaders to reculture their schools by changing values, beliefs, and habits to ensure the likelihood of a high rate of student learning. The work of systems coaches is: job-embedded and follows initial professional development or training; is ongoing; and is done regularly, systematically, and systemically. It varies in style and intensity according to the stage of change implementation and team or individuals’ needs and level of proficiency with the desired new skill, practice, or process.
Specific tasks or activities of systems coaches may include:
- Professional development or training
- Providing resources
- Modeling new practices and processes
- Leading focused observations
- Facilitating PLCs, grade level, or content teams
- Facilitating RtI site or district leadership teams
- Data analysis
- Meeting with individuals (principals or teachers) around the implementation of the school’s RtI framework
- Facilitating goal setting and action planning for teams and individuals
Why Implement Systems Coaching