Ankeny school board members must decide if they can fill a request to hire four more instructional coaches or if the $200,000 cost is too steep.
Instructional coaches work with teachers to provide guidance, training and other resources. The goal is to improve student achievement by strengthening the effectiveness of the teacher, said Dianne Peterson, Ankeny’s instructional coach coordinator.
“If the teachers learn and grow, my students are going to learn and grow,” Peterson said.
Peterson sought to explain the role of instructional coaches at Ankeny and dispel myths about the positions during a presentation to the school board last week. The board opted in March not to fill two instructional coach positions but requested that the topic be discussed again in June.
Peterson asked the board not only to fill those two positions but also to add two more so that every Ankeny school would have one for the 2013–14 school year, which is when the second high school will open.
“Set them up so we’re ready to go with a coach each at Ankeny High School and Ankeny Centennial next year so they can start to build those relationships,” Peterson said.
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