Prof. Jim Sigler — University of California
Inspiring Teachers: Peer Coaching Platform
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
Every child deserves a quality education. But today, a crisis in in-service support for teachers means millions of children aren't learning.
Coaching is twice as effective as centralised training. But making it work in low-resource settings means overcoming tough challenges.
We give schools and systems the tools and support to realise the potential of coaching programs in their context.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Since 2011, we have run programs across 11 countries for 5000 teachers. Participants make gains in both motivation and efficacy in using instructional strategies.
Managing up to 1500 coaching relationships at a time forced us to build tools to assure the quality of coaching. We created a suite of tools for helping teachers keep getting better:
1. The Inspiring Teaching Framework gives teachers 27 powerful techniques to tackle 9 challenges of teaching. It aligns with the World Bank’s Teach observation tool.
2. Peer coaching tools and diagnostics that guide the coaching process and equip ‘normal’ teachers to give each other high-quality coaching. Empowering teachers as coaches overcome a lack of coaches as a barrier to coaching.
3. Sessions plans that enable pedagogical leaders and principals to run practice-based training sessions.
4. Digital tools, including instructional videos and companion apps for coaches and field officers and dashboards for program managers.
How has it been spreading?
Since 2011, we have partnered with 15 local organisations to run programs.
We mobilised 2300 US and UK teachers as volunteers supporting teachers across 11 countries in implementing our tools.
In 2020 we built a new version of our framework aligning it to Wold Banks's Teach observation tools — a measure of evidence-based teaching techniques.
In December 2020, the Pace Able Foundation committed to match fund any supporter who funder in helping us strengthen our digital platform.
We are working to build new partnerships across sub-Saharan Africa and hope to be an implementor for the Education Outcomes Fund in Sierra Leone and Ghana in 2022.
In 2021, we became Inspiring Teachers and set out our manifesto to improve learning outcomes for 10 million children by 2030.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
We are always looking to learn from other organisations and find partners who share our commitment to helping teachers achieve great impact. If you'd like to learn more about our tools you can get in touch with us at: