Coaching & Support Logs: 5 Tips for Getting Started

By Julia Ramsey

Coach and mentor time is precious—and expensive. Though we know coaching can change teacher practice, quality of time matters. It’s an administrator’s job to understand what’s happening at scale in order to tailor instructional support for maximum impact and demonstrate the program’s outcomes.

Whether it’s used for tracking instructional coaching, teacher mentorship, or another type of just-in-time assistance, a dedicated support log is a deceptively simple data collection tool that can lead to big outcomes. 

"[Coaching logs] let us connect our feedback straight to our PD and focus our coaches’ time on the highest-impact supports."


Anna Jackson

Executive Director of Leadership and Professional Development, Lubbock Independent School District

Done right, the context can illuminate the “glass box” of instructional support and provide a comprehensive yet detailed view of where your coaching team must focus next.

Coaches and other support-givers typically use logs to:

Instructional leaders and administrators typically use coaching logs to:

But as with any large-scale education data project, it’s critical to make sure logs are intentional and useful. Remember: it’s always easier to prevent issues through thoughtful design now than it is to sort through a mass of fuzzy data later.

"Data are not taken for museum purposes; they are taken as a basis for doing something. If nothing is to be done with the data, then there is no use in collecting any."


W. Edwards Deming

The New Economics for Industry, Government, and Education

5 Tips for Using Support Logs

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