Leading PD: “Must Haves” for Instructional Coaches

Leading PD can be fun, but stressful. There is a lot to plan and materials to organize. It can feel overwhelming at times.

Leading Professional Development Must Haves for Instructional CoachesThis post will share all my recommendations for leading PD successfully as an instructional coach.

  1. The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development by Elena Aguilar – Read as a you prep to deliver outstanding professional development for educators 

  2. Sticky Easel Pad Paper–  Record key points on an anchor chart or hang around the room for reflective and engaging group activity
  3. Chart Markers- Bold colors to write on sticky easel pad paper
  4. Candy Variety– Place in baskets on tables for learners to enjoy during the PD experience
  5. Storage Baskets– Place all learning materials in the basket and put on each table so participants can utilize the items during PD
  6. Post-It Notes–  Numerous uses but mostly to track thinking and learning throughout the session
  7. Colored Dot Stickers– Use for various activities where learners can place a dot on statements they agree with or vote for
  8. Scissors– Place in baskets on the table for all participants to use as necessary
  9. Rolling Crate– Place all your PD items in this crate and roll to and from your PD sessions
  10. Sticky Name Tags– Have participants write their names and place on their chest to become familiar with everyone in the learning experience
  11. Magnetic Name Tag– Wear a personalized name tag for yourself that easy stays on your clothes with a magnet
  12. Highlighters– Place in the basket of materials on each table for learners to access as needed
  13. Pens– Supply writing utensils to PD participants to record their learning throughout the session
  14. Card Stock– Create sturdy signage for PD or use as name tents for participants
  15. Bluetooth Speaker– Play music throughout your session to control noise volume and add some fun
  16. Batteries – Ensure all your devices have charging power
  17. Bluetooth Microphone– Enhance your voice so all learners can the room can hear you
  18. Adaptor– Ensure you can connect your devices to the hosting site technology
  19. Wireless Presenter Remote– Walk around while presenting and advance your slides with ease!
  20. Flash Drive– Store all of your PD sessions in one place and carry with you to each location

Leading Professional Development can be a lot to tackle, but if you have the right supplies you will be successful! If you need more PD ideas & instructional materials click here. Check out my  amazon storefront instructional coaching must-haves here.


About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.