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Effective Coaching for Bridges Implementation

Effective Coaching for Bridges Implementation
  • SKU:  /WS-2020-0023
  • $250.00
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This 12-week online course (1 session every 2 weeks) will be offered in January 2020. It is designed to support math coaches and instructional leaders working to increase student achievement and teacher content knowledge during a Bridges in Mathematics implementation. 

During these 12 weeks, participants will have 2 weeks to complete each session. If all course requirements are met, a letter of completion for 30 contact hours may be provided. This course does not offer college credit.

Register early as space is limited to 24 participants. Registration ends either on December 18th, 2019 or when this course is full. For more information, please call 1-800-575-8130 or email Elena Piexoto at elenap@mathlearningcenter.org.

This course will help you:

  • Reflect on the qualities and behaviors of a successful math coach
  • Set goals for the work of a math coach
  • Consider how to support teachers in a variety of settings
  • Examine the role of administration and how to make plans for collaboration
  • Identify specific district needs and determine next steps for implementation

Course Requirements

  • You are currently a math coach or lead teacher (or similar).
  • You have attended a Bridges in Mathematics: Getting Started Workshop
  • One full year of experience with Bridges in Mathematics 2nd Edition.
  • You can access the Bridges Educator Site. 


Required Readings

  • "Being a Successful Math Coach: Ten Guiding Principles" by Chris Confer. Available to download here.
  • "Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Coaches and School Leaders" by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral. Available to purchase here.
  • "Mathematics Coaching Handbook" by Pia M. Hansen. You may use either edition. The first edition is available to purchase here. The second edition is available to purchase here.
  • Additional readings will be referred to and provided throughout the course, including Teaching Children Mathematics, NCTM publications, etc.

Each session, participants read, reflect, and respond to prompts, as well as complete activities that are directly related to a math coach role. This course consists of the following 6 sessions. 

  • Session 1  Reflecting on the Role of Coach in the Mathematics Classroom
  • Session 2  Supporting Teachers in a Group Setting
  • Session 3  Collaborating with Administrators
  • Session 4  One-to-One Collaboration & Model Lessons
  • Session 5  Examining Teacher Practice
  • Session 6  Looking Ahead

Download Syllabus

Is this the right course for me?

This course is intended for math coaches. If you are a math coach at a school or district that has adopted Bridges in Mathematics, you’ve found the right match. If you are not a coach, please understand that course requirements include activities normally performed by coaches, and you will have to make accommodations to meet those requirements. Read on for more details.


How much time do I need to successfully complete this course?

A new session is introduced every two weeks. During that session, you will read from two required books (Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success and Mathematics Coaching Handbook), post/read/respond in the forums, and complete some on-the-job assignments. For example, during the course you will need to:
  • Conduct two grade-level team meetings using the Bridges Implementation Guide
  • Meet with an administrator to discuss goals
  • Meet with a teacher to develop a coaching plan
  • Model a lesson for a teacher
If these kinds of activities are not possible in the context of your current job, you may want to reconsider the class.


How familiar should I be with Bridges before registering for this course?

This course focuses on how coaches can help to move forward with implementation rather than on providing a deep understanding of Bridges content. Therefore, prior content knowledge is required. This course is appropriate only for those who:
  • Have some working knowledge of Bridges
  • Have attended a Bridges in Mathematics: Getting Started Workshop 
  • Work in a school that has adopted Bridges


I’m not familiar with Bridges in Mathematics but I am a math coach. Is this course a good fit for me?

No, Effective Coaching for Bridges Implementation is intended for coaches with Bridges experience.


How can I get more information about this course?

Download and carefully read the course syllabus. If you still have questions, please contact Elena Piexoto at elenap@mathlearningcenter.org