As part of this study, we aim to measure the impact of a teacher-coaching intervention. We will do so in a context where all teachers (whether or not they receive the coaching intervention) will benefit from a professional development course designed to improve their teaching skills. Half of those teachers will be selected to benefit from a coaching intervention as well.
3.1 Professional development course
We will implement an intervention where all participating teachers and coaches attend five one-day course modules on the following education production factors: i) Physical surroundings, ii) Structuring schoolwork, iii) Self-regulation iv) The teacher's focus, and v) The teacher's communication. As part of these course modules, teachers will learn to use both technological input factors (e.g. timer, checklist, five-point scale, etc.) and behavioral input factors (e.g. support in transition phases, use calm voice, mentalizing, etc.). Furthermore, during each module, teachers will be asked to reflect on their own students and to set an agenda for themselves detailing how they intend to change their teaching practices so as to take into account what they will have learnt during the course modules. In addition, each course module will start out with rehearsal and reflection on what they have learnt in order to consolidate knowledge.
The course modules will be held on the following dates:
- Course module 1: August 9th, 2017
- Course module 2: September 14th, 2017
- Course module 3: October 31st, 2017
- Course module 4: November 28th, 2017
- Course module 5: February 7th, 2017
3.2 Treatment: Teacher-coaching program
Teachers selected to receive the teacher-coaching program will be paired with a co-teacher, their "coach", with whom they will spend 2.5 hours per week during an entire school year. Co-teachers will help teachers get closer to the production-possibility frontier through "peer coaching", as part of which the teacher receives feedback on how to improve teaching practice. These sessions will be dedicated to the implementation of what will have been covered during the professional development courses.