Wisconsin’s Vision for Systems Coaching in an RtI Framework

Wisconsin’s vision for systems coaching begins with the Wisconsin RtI Framework, which focuses on the essential elements of high quality instruction, balanced assessment, collaboration, and culturally responsive practices, all within a multi-level system of support for students.  The focus of the model may be student behavior, literacy, and/or mathematics, depending on a school’s or district’s priorities.  Once those priorities are identified and articulated, systems coaches select appropriate roles and activities, use specific coaching skills and dispositions, and employ a systematic process and format to help schools and districts implement their specific, unique RtI frameworks with mastery and fidelity.


What Do Systems Coaches Do?

Systems coaches work with school teams and/or individuals who are in the process of implementing RtI frameworks for behavior, literacy, or mathematics. They provide coaching support for any or all aspects of the school’s RtI framework, depending on the priorities identified by the Benchmarks of Quality or School-wide Implementation Review and the school’s action plan.  Their work may focus on implementing new instructional, literacy, or behavior management practices with mastery and fidelity, or on helping teams to implement selected processes for problem solving or decision making.  Systems coaches understand that beliefs and values drive behavior, and they work in partnership with principals and other leaders to reculture their schools by changing values, beliefs, and habits to ensure the likelihood of a high rate of student learning.  The work of systems coaches is: job-embedded and follows initial professional development or training; is ongoing; and is done regularly, systematically, and systemically.  It varies in style and intensity according to the stage of change implementation and team or individuals’ needs and level of proficiency with the desired new skill, practice, or process.

Specific tasks or activities of systems coaches may include:

  • Professional development or training
  • Providing resources
  • Modeling new practices and processes
  • Leading focused observations
  • Co-planning
  • Co-teaching
  • Facilitating PLCs, grade level, or content teams
  • Facilitating RtI site or district leadership teams
  • Data analysis
  • Meeting with individuals (principals or teachers) around the implementation of the school’s RtI framework
  • Facilitating goal setting and action planning for teams and individuals


Why Implement Systems Coaching