Instructional Peer Coaching will provide PALNI instruction librarians with peer feedback on their instruction. The program will take place each Spring semester, and librarians can sign up during as many Fall semesters as they would like to participate.
Once signed up, each librarian will be assigned a partner from another PALNI school. After an orientation session for all participants held virtually, the two partners will be expected to meet either physically or virtually to discuss their goals for the program. Then, during the spring semester, each participant will observe, ideally in-person, at least one instruction session given by their partner. After the observation, partners will meet to discuss the session and the observer will give suggestions for improvement.
Included in this guide are a few brief readings for all participants to help familiarize them with peer coaching concepts, and also some best practices, examples, and guidance for the observations.
Q: What is peer coaching?
A: It is not a mentoring program, pairing a more experienced person with a less-experienced one. It is also not a peer evaluation program (summative), which provides an evaluation to administrators.
Rather, it is a voluntary program that pairs those at similar levels who work together to improve their teaching (formative).