Author: Amanda Funk

As an instructional coach in the School District of Lancaster, Amanda Funk's primary job is to model best practices for teachers to best support the whole child. She earned her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Millersville University and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration with Principal Certification from Alvernia University. Amanda prides herself on a having a diverse educational background including elementary teacher, Dean of Students, and program coordinator for a non-profit organization, teaching and mentoring women transitioning out of prison. In this work, she has researched wellness in schools and has presented such topics as coaching teacher self-care and mindfulness best practices along with instructional best practices. Amanda is currently participating in creating standards-driven units with the guidance of Learning Sciences International coaches. All of these experiences have shaped her mindset that addressing social/emotional instruction alongside academic instruction is a necessity for our students and teachers to succeed.

Coaching Teachers Through Implementing LSI Standards-Driven Units

By Amanda Funk Coming off our first round of working with LSI to create standards-driven units, I found myself reflecting on the entire process. We had been immersed for two days in standards, text complexity, close reading, vocabulary, text-dependent questions, etc. Then we spent three full days immersed in learning