Content-Focused Coaching in Mathematics

Content-Focused Coaching in Mathematics

Sessions beginning January 30, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning (IFL) created this dynamic online coaching workshop to support instructional coaches who are responsible for supporting math teachers. Drawing on IFL's extensive experience with coaching, this series focuses on specific practices and routines that coaches can use during the coach-teacher discussion cycle to improve classroom instruction. This workshop will explore the content-focused coaching cycle in mathematics, specific coach moves used during the CFC cycle, and these key research-based coaching practices:

1. Maintain an inquiry stance towards teaching and learning
2. Co-construct mathematical and pedagogical goals
3. Maintain a content-focused discussion
4. Engage in evidence-based reflection


  • Participants will learn to differentiate between mathematics goals and performance goals and will explore pedagogical goals.
  • Participants will learn about a set of coach moves and the benefit of the coach moves for focusing and supporting teacher discussion of mathematical and content pedagogy.

  • Participants will plan for a coaching discussion with a teacher, prepare for the post-lesson discussion, and determine how to provide evidence-based feedback. 


The Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh has worked with districts across the country for over 20 years. We believe—and research shows—that for students to achieve at high levels, teachers need ongoing opportunities to learn from their own practice and from research -based findings. To meet these needs, we developed Content-Focused Coaching® (CFC), a model of professional learning that both builds districts’ capacity and supports teachers every step of the way. CFCworkshop provides the coach with a lens for examining their practice as well as a set of coaching moves for supporting their work with teachers. It is centered on actual instructional practice, unlike more generic models of coaching. And it has proven to be effective in a range of schools and districts. In a statewide project to increase math achievement through coaching, the Tennessee & IFL Mathematics Instructional Coaching Model, we saw significant improvement in teaching across the statewide network in only two years (Russell, Correnti, Stein, Bill, Booker, & Schwartz, 2016).


Contact Information

  • Contact Victoria Bill for more information.

    Phone: 724-612-0614


Payment Instructions

  • The cost for this workshop is $750 per participant. 

    If paying by purchase order or check, please remit payment to:

    Institute for Learning
    University of Pittsburgh 
    3939 O'Hara Street
    LRDC 310
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

© 2020
Quick, easy and affordable online event registration and event management software for all event sizes.