Through its renewed partnership with Edthena, Portland Public Schools in Oregon will provide video coaching to its dual language teachers throughout the 2017-18 school year. Video coaching will be an integral part of the professional learning process to help Portland teachers develop concrete instructional skills to use in their classrooms.
“Our coaches work collaboratively with bilingual teachers on three main instructional practices – landing the objective, gradual release of responsibility, and student interactions,” said Debbie Armendariz, senior director in the department of dual language at Portland Public Schools. “With Edthena, coaches and small groups of teachers watch four- to five-minute videos of these instructional practices in action and discuss strategies for improvement. This really creates focus for our professional learning communities (PLCs) and makes the overall coaching process more efficient and meaningful.”