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What’s the secret to sustained improvement?


The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) redefines professional development as follows: “The term ‘professional development’ means activities that … are sustained (not stand-alone, 1-day, or short-term workshops), intensive, collaborative, job-embedded, data-driven, and classroom focused.” (S. 1177, Section 8002, page 295, paragraph 42)

In other words, ESSA emphasizes the importance of professional learning as an ongoing process, embedded in an educator’s day-to-day work.

From the classroom to the district office, our experienced coaches provide this sustained support, both in-person and virtually, to help you see results and continuous improvement. Watch how our coaching helped transform classrooms in North Kansas City, Missouri, and Lawrence, New York:

Our Coaching Model

Student data and evidence drives the focus and goals for our instructional and leadership coaching. Our coaching model focuses 80% on student learning and 20% on instructional design. Therefore, student learning changes are the key indicators of success.

Student-centered: By focusing on students first, our coaches can successfully collaborate with teachers to design and support changes in practice that lead to improvement in student outcomes. Teachers are provided practical support for classroom application, including lesson modeling, in order to help all students achieve.

Data-driven: Our coaches monitor progress through an accountability system for both instructional and leadership coaching to track results. Growing accustomed to this ongoing progress monitoring framework enables educators to implement data-driven instruction.


Why Coaching Matters

Our coaching addresses implementation, which is the stage of learning with the steepest learning curve.

Research shows that when educators are asked to implement anything new, they face a period of difficulty and frustration within the first 8 weeks. This is known as the Implementation Dip.

 — Michael Fullan, Leading in a Culture of Change (2007)

Research indicates that the most effective way to impact teacher effectiveness is through professional learning combined with targeted one-on-one support in the classroom.  Coaching enables “…teachers to apply their learning more deeply, frequently and consistently than teachers who work alone” (Annenberg Foundation for Education Reform, 2004).

Percentage of teachers who retain new skills learned:


(Bush, 1984; Truesdale, 2003)

“You helped us focus our efforts, look at student work, and reflect on our practices. We have laid the foundation and are moving in the right direction.”

-Cheryl Janssen, Principal, Fargo Public Schools, ND

Flexible Delivery

In order to best meet the needs of educators, we offer flexible delivery models for instructional coaching and leadership coaching. Options include in-person and virtual sessions for individuals and teams.

Individual Coaching

Individual Coaching supports an educator’s overall instructional practices, including those used during program implementation. Individual Coaching reinforces what leaders and teachers will learn during foundational courses and helps them transfer knowledge into practice.

Team Coaching

Team Coaching brings the coaching conversation into a small group context and opens up communication among teachers. It is a collaborative process, focused on deepening understanding of student work, student learning targets, instructional practices, goal setting, and action steps.

Virtual Coaching for Program Implementation

In between coaching visits, teachers can connect with their coaches virtually to gauge progress, discuss challenges, and determine new strategies.

Coaching Services

Our coaching is differentiated based on the unique goals of school or district partner. Coaching focus areas can include: instruction, content, data, and leadership. Coaching supports all classrooms, including those implementing HMH Curriculum and Intervention programs.

HMH Core and Intervention Program Implementations:


  • Strengthen content knowledge
  • Learn new instructional strategies
  • Develop content skills to support effective instruction and fidelity of implementation


Math Solutions and ICLE Instructional Coaching:


  • Learn to make intentional decisions about implementing research-based instructional practices
  • Engage in lesson modeling
  • Plan for next steps with instruction that focuses on helping students meet specified learning targets


Data Coaching – Supporting insight and meaningful action:


  • Analyze student evidence and data to help set student-centered learning targets
  • Design and refine assessments
  • Plan instruction in response to assessments and data
  • Train data teams to monitor progress and improve practice


Leadership Coaching from International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE):


  • Create a school culture focused on rigor, relevance, and relationships for all students
  • Support an accountability system and empower teacher leaders to implement and monitor these systems daily
  • Establish a common vision and understanding of what rigor looks like


Personalize your support with Project Management Services:

A project manager makes it easy for districts to manage large-scale school improvement initiatives. Customized Project Management Services complement in-classroom support and instructional coaching visits.


In 2014, 80% of teachers reported that coaching significantly strengthened their classroom instruction.
Based on national survey data collected from teachers who received coaching from HMH during the 2014–2015 school year.


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