Teachers supporting teachers: the power of peer coaching





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The case for a literacy coach in my school and district is strong. However, being in a rural school district experiencing budget cuts and difficult economic times, investing in a literacy leader seems out of reach. Peer coaching became a feasible alternative. The capstone guiding question was: How can peer coaching support the professional development of two first-grade literacy teachers in a rural school? This research study had two first grade colleagues participating in a peer coaching relationship in order to experience the support given to implement new instructional practices in their classrooms. The cycle included one pre-observation conference each, two observations each, and two post-observation conferences each. Throughout the peer coaching process anecdotal notes were used as well as the researcher's reflections on each step of the process. The result of the study was each peer felt supported and empowered by sharing their classrooms and knowledge with each other.

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