Equity-Centered Instruction for Remote or In-person Learning? The EdConnective Thrive Framework Delivers

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EdConnective has been a leader in online instructional coaching for 6 years, with a mission of making good teachers great, and great teachers outstanding. With the launch of The EdConnective Thrive Framework for instructional coaching, EdConnective not only has managed to place educational equity at the core of an instructional framework, but it applies seamlessly to in-person, hybrid, and distance learning. The EdConnective Thrive Framework is unlike any other instructional coaching framework in the space, but how?

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“The EdConnective Thrive Framework was in development prior to COVID-19, but because of our pre-existing expertise in online observation and instructional coaching via video, the Thrive Framework lends itself to remote and hybrid instruction nicely, enabling us to fill a critical and immediate need"

EdConnective has been a leader in online instructional coaching for 6 years, with a mission of making good teachers great, and great teachers outstanding. With the launch of The EdConnective Thrive Framework for instructional coaching, its new proprietary coaching methodology for in person, hybrid, and distance learning, EdConnective has broken new ground in the instructional coaching space.

“We’ve coached using other instructional frameworks, and while we were able to produce strong student outcomes, we’ve been working to grow by deeply centering the work of educational equity to ensure that these student gains are long-lasting and change systems from the inside out,” said EdConnective’s Director of Instructional Coaching and co-author of the EdConnective Thrive Framework Lauren Vargas (M.EdL). “Based on our research, and leveraging the research of experts like Zaretta Hammonds, Christopher Emdin, and Cornelius Minor, as well as a team of elementary through college-aged students from across the country, we have developed a framework for great teaching that centers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). The EdConnective Thrive Framework also features specific guidance on remote learning pedagogy in order to support teachers and help ALL students thrive. That’s what’s truly groundbreaking about the EdConnective Thrive Framework.”

“Since we’ve always done our coaching via video online, we’ve been able to leverage an expertise that has gone from a nice-to-have, to a need-to-have practically overnight, and this new framework truly reinforces the collective strengths and best practices we’ve honed and developed through our work,” says Will Morris (M.Ed), CEO of EdConnective. “Typically we help districts make profound improvements to student outcomes through observation and feedback via video, for both teachers and instructional coaches. Training existing district coaches on instructional coaching best practices, how to coach virtually, and how to build a robust culture of coaching has become a major growth area for us due to our existing expertise in virtual coaching.”

Vargas continues, “The EdConnective Thrive Framework was in development prior to COVID-19, but because of our pre-existing expertise in online observation and instructional coaching via video, The Thrive Framework lends itself to remote and hybrid instruction nicely, enabling us to fill a critical and immediate need for districts nationwide. After all, we’ve been coaching our own instructional coaches remotely for over 6 years.”

Educator Rashaida Melvin (Ed.M), EdConnective’s Associate Director of Coaching and co-author of the Thrive Framework notes, “We’ve found that many districts have been focusing on technology training and digital literacy just to get teachers up to speed on things like Google Classrooms, Canvas, and other digital platforms. That’s great, but there’s a massive gap that exists after that work is done, and that lies in ‘now that we know how to use technology, how does that translate to actual learning?’ There’s a chasm between digital literacy, and rigorous instruction with engagement, and that’s where we shine.”

Download a summary of the EdConnective Thrive Framework here. Follow the EdConnector blog over the coming weeks for practical applications of the framework. EdConnective provides 1:1, personalized non-evaluative coaching to teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators, as well as small group coaching and large group training and is based in Richmond, VA.

For more information about EdConnective and its offerings, visit http://www.EdConnective.com. For interview requests or media inquiries, contact Director of Marketing Nick Ropp at nick@edconnective.io.

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