The Coaching Network, offered through Eastern Suffolk BOCES' Education and Information Support Services (EISS), provides expert staff development to component school districts by matching master teachers with specific staff needs in a district. In contrast with the regional workshop approach, the Network provides customized staff development for teachers in their home district. EISS matches the appropriate coach to the district and the school culture. The coach works with the teachers within the district by offering feedback, sharing best practices and exchanging ideas.
The expertise of master teacher-coaches includes specific content areas (i.e. math, science) or special education. Coaches are selected by ESBOCES for the Network based on their exemplary teaching strategies with specific content in designated grades, their ability to affect teacher practice by working with teachers in their classrooms, and demonstrated integration of instructional technology. Teachers selected to coach have a reputation for being energized and inspired by students and staff members, as well as for being challenged by problems; having a passion for lifelong learning; being knowledgeable about organizational structures for success; and enjoying working as team facilitators. ESBOCES coaches are well organized, thoughtful and reflective; have a sense of humor; and possess exceptional communication skills.