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Research Validates Cognitive Coaching Model of Learner-Centered Supervision

Saturday, September 03, 2016

School-based P-12 partnership teachers serve as the supervising teachers for Watson College students during the internship semester, working in collaboration with their school’s PDS site coordinator and WCE faculty supervisors.  The teachers model classroom practices and coach students using the Cognitive Coaching Model of Learner-Centered Supervision.

The Cognitive Coaching model, developed by Bob Garmston and Art Costa, is designed to help individuals become self-directed, capable of making independent decisions and engaging in self-reflection that leads to personal growth.

WCE has used the Cognitive Coaching model since the Professional Development System was created more than 20 years ago. New partnership teachers complete 10 hours of online professional development in cognitive coaching, and existing partners attend refresher workshops to ensure that they’re using appropriate coaching strategies to nurture future teachers capable of leading in their own classrooms, schools and the profession.  

In spring 2016, PDS conducted research to assess the effectiveness of the Cognitive Coaching model. The study, supported by a Watson College mini-grant, used surveys and focus groups to collect data from WCE student interns, partnership teachers and university supervisors. 

Results of the research were published in August 2016 and can be viewed here: Spring 2016 Executive Summary: PDS Perceptions of Cognitive Coaching.