Instructional Coaching Wordle

Basic Definition of a GCISD Learning Liaison

A Learning Liaison is a district instructional coach that is solely campus-based. GCISD employs one Learning Liaison at every traditional campus, K-12. This employee reports to both the campus principal and the Executive Director of Learning. The role of the liaison is to support the work of the principal in improving instruction in every classroom, through coaching, consulting, collaborating, and co-teaching with teachers as well as to align professional learning with the district and school goals.

Programmatic & Positional Expectations of a GCISD Learning Liaison

1) PLC/PLT Leadership

  • Support the effective practices of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) on campuses.
    • This should include assessing needs, facilitating schedules, contributing to agendas, and communicating and involving central C&I staff as appropriate.

2) C&I Instructional Leadership 

  • Ensure that curriculum and instructional expectations (CIEs, curriculum documents, assessment timelines) are well understood on the campus.
  • Involve content area coaches in support of this work on campuses (PLCs, coaching opportunities, professional learning, etc…).

3) Campus Instructional Leadership 

  • Provide instructional leadership on the campus by taking the initiative to identify learning needs of staff and designing differentiated professional development for all staff members.
  • Support campus administration in achieving Campus Improvement Plan goals.

4) Professional Learning and District Goals 

  • Provide learning opportunities, feedback, and support to teachers as they work toward the district goal of differentiation and personalized learning for all students.

5) Coaching Relationships 

  • Cultivate trusting relationships with all staff members in order for the work of instructional coaching to be effective. 

The Job Description of a GCISD Learning Liaison

  1. Facilitate needs assessment on campus.

  2. Expand and develop teachers’ use of a variety of resources to improve instruction based on identified campus needs.

  3. Support instructional staff to ensure that student achievement data drives instructional decisions at the classroom and school level.

  4. Support campus administration in ensuring implementation of the GCISD adopted curriculum.

  5. Collaborate with teachers to ensure instruction is aligned with curriculum and meet the needs of all students.

  6. Collaborate with classroom teachers to increase the quality and effectiveness of classroom instruction through PLCs, professional learning, and coaching teachers.

  7. Identify and develop model classrooms to build district capacity.

  8. Support new hires to build their capacity.

  9. In collaboration with principal, design and implement job-embedded, standards-based professional learning.

  10. Work collaboratively with the school’s Campus Excellence Committee and principal to design, implement, and assess school change initiatives to ensure alignment and focus on intended results.

  11. Create a pull environment for teachers to reflect on their own instructional practices.

  12. Continually learn and build personal and professional capacity.

  13. Develop and maintain ongoing positive professional relationships.

  14. Meet with the Department of Instruction leadership on a biannual basis to evaluate the effectiveness of the liaisons’ work based on the progress of students and teachers.

  15. Engages in reflective conversations with teachers.

  16. Models lessons for teachers.

  17. Performs other duties that support the principal in improving teaching and learning.