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We are committed to...
  • encouraging diverse points of view.
  • continuous reflection and on-going improvement.
  • collegial relationships and ethical leadership.
  • independent education options for families.
  • promoting the independence of our schools.
  • quality standards without standardization.
  • assisting schools in fulfilling their missions.



NWAIS Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation:
Instructional Coaching

Current research supports the need for instructional coaches not only to support teachers in building their skills but to improve our schools and student outcomes. In the challenging field of teaching, learning-focused relationships are essential to the sustainability of teachers as professionals. Guidance and coaching are critical to the growth and development of all teachers. Just as we ask our students to continually grow and evolve in their learning, we expect our teachers to do the same. The instructional coaching model provides a methodology and process to embed professional development in NWAIS schools. In our project we will design multiple paths for schools wishing to embark on the coaching journey, including models for program implementation and teacher-leader training and support.


Learn More and Get Connected

The Instructional Coaching cohort has continued to meet and host round tables for those who have instructional coaching as a part of their role. They have also developed a series of professional development opportunities for beginning teachers, including: Workshop for Early Career Educators (2016), the 2-day Institute for Early Career Educators (2017) and the Early Career Educator Cohort (2018-19).

Visit the Professional Development calendar at nwais.org for details and registration.

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Northwest Association of Independent Schools
5001 California Ave. SW, Suite 112
Seattle, Washington 98136
T: 206.323.6137 • info@nwais.org
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