P is for persist. TE Instructional Coaches adhere to the words of Calvin Coolidge, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Q is for quality. TE Instructional Coaches focus on quality. Quality coaching is at the core of quality teaching and as the Teaching Excellence Program works to transform teacher learning in Houston and beyond. Quality is everything!
R is for rigor. TE Instructional Coaches strive to instill this definition of rigor in their teachers. “Rigor is the goal of helping students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging.” From Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement by Richard W. Strong, Harvey F. Silver and Matthew J. Perini, ASCD, 2001