Coaching and Ongoing Support
To ensure continued success, our teachers receive coaching and ongoing professional development in six Support and Development Cycles from TFASC throughout their initial two-year commitment. These cycles includes teacher orientation, coaching sessions, and conferences. This intensive support enables our teachers to improve student performance in the state’s most under-resourced school districts.
All of our teachers go through an orientation process after joining TFA. As our first Support and Development Cycle, orientation occurs in August between Pre-Service and fall semester. During this period, our teachers participate in kickoff activities and workshops to better understand the educational landscape and TFA network in South Carolina and prepare for the first day of school. Teacher orientation also includes meetings with their coaches.
Each TFASC teacher receives intensive support in their development from one of our veteran educator coaches. Coaching is facilitated in tandem with our specialized teacher and leadership development training to provide a robust and individualized experience for our teachers.
Coaches meet with our teachers one-on-one, in small groups, and during workshops. We also offer professional learning communities where our teachers receive peer-to-peer coaching in small groups.
In addition to facilitating their ongoing professional development, coaches visit our teachers’ classrooms for observations on a regular basis and provide them with feedback and guidance to improve their teaching practice.
Our coaching program is one of the most impactful experiences for our teachers. According to a recent survey, 89% of our teachers felt that TFASC’s support and resources, including coaching, contributed to their development as a teacher and leader. Coaches become our teachers’ closest partners in supporting their professional development.
Professional Development Conferences
We are proud to support our teachers by offering two conferences each year that seek to foster their professional development and improve student performance. With an overarching theme of equity in education, each conference features expert facilitators who discuss the latest research and methodologies in content knowledge, instructional practices, and culturally relevant pedagogy.
Both conferences provide our teachers with an opportunity to build community across their cohorts and share ideas and best practices from their classrooms.