Effective Coaching of Teachers: Fidelity Tool Worksheet

Developed By: National Center for Systemic Improvement

This tool can be used to collect information about the fidelity of coaching so that this information can be used by coaches and other educators to continuously improve upon how coaching occurs. Fidelity in coaching should rely continuously upon the effective practices of observation, modeling, delivery of performance feedback, and use of alliance-building strategies. Furthermore, coaching should occur with sufficient frequency, ensure that teachers are engaged with the coaching session, and be of adequate duration and high quality. This tool is intended to be used in conjunction with three other tools:  

  • Effective Coaching of Teachers: Fidelity Tool Rubric. This rubric offers information and guidelines for how to score coaches on the fidelity worksheet.
  • Effective Coaching: Improving Teacher Practice and Outcomes for All Learners. This brief synthesizes research on coaching and offers a framework of effective coaching practices that should be central to the everyday work of coaches.
  • Implementation Guide for Effective Teacher Coaching. The purpose of this guide is to help practitioners systematically implement effective coaching practices. If coaching is designed to improve teaching practice and learning outcomes, it is important to examine how the innovation is implemented.