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Dopson-Penn, D. (2019, March 14). When the Coach Is Also on the Team. Retrieved March 20, 2019.

If you are an instructional coach, joining your school’s professional learning community (PLC) of teachers can be somewhat daunting. When I joined a teacher PLC this year, I worried that many in the group saw me as an evaluator. Perhaps they thought I was there to catch them slipping up—I’d heard through our school’s grapevine that the group was anxious to make a good impression. I hated the uncomfortable effect my presence had on the group even before our first meeting. I wanted them to know that I had their backs.