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DIY Coaching (fiscally sponsored by The Boston Educational Development Foundation Inc.)

 215 Sydney Street
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (607) 3519566
[F] --
Luisa Sparrow
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 22-2514422

LAST UPDATED: 01/07/2019
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

DIY Coaching empowers teachers to film their classroom instruction to identify their strengths and next steps to impact the learning of some of the most marginalized students.

Mission Statement

DIY Coaching empowers teachers to film their classroom instruction to identify their strengths and next steps to impact the learning of some of the most marginalized students.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $45,000.00
Projected Expense $80,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • DIY Coaching

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Mission Statement

DIY Coaching empowers teachers to film their classroom instruction to identify their strengths and next steps to impact the learning of some of the most marginalized students.

Background Statement

Due to funding and time constraints, teachers receive vastly different rates of instructional coaching. According to Boston Public Schools Insight survey data, only 60% of teachers receive enough feedback on their instructional practice. These limited coaching opportunities pose a significant obstacle to meeting the needs of the most marginalized students. EdVestors survey data from Fall 2015 shows a direct correlation between students’ 8th grade math proficiency and the rate of coaching at their schools. Teachers are a critical factor affecting student achievement; therefore, we need to ensure consistent coaching supports to move teacher practice forward.

DIY Coaching is a different approach to coaching, one that addresses the challenges posed above by shifting who we view as a coach and how coaching is executed for teachers. Rather than relying on administrators as the sole providers of feedback and coaching for teachers, we activate teachers as coaches for themselves and one another through the use of classroom video. Beginning in September, DIY Coaching gathers a cohort of 10-12 teachers who teach similar content areas in different schools for monthly in-person sessions, led by a facilitator. In conjunction with the twice-monthly videos, teachers complete readings that help position them as experts in their classrooms and as professionals who use evidence to determine their most important areas of growth to impact student learning. As teachers develop relationships within their cohorts, they form coaching triads that meet from January through June. Teachers share one of their videos with the members of their coaching triad, who then provide feedback on the video. Because teachers have a shared content area, these peer-to-peer coaching conversations help advance participants’ pedagogical content knowledge, equipping them to meet their students’ learning needs.

Impact Statement

Top accomplishments:
1. Increased our number of students served from 400 (during 2016-17 school year) to 1,600 (during 2017-18 school year)
2. Expanded to working with science teachers in addition to math teachers 
3. Presented at Boston EdTalks 
Top goals:
1. Build out DIY 2.0 course
2.  Partner with 2-3 Boston Public Schools and Boston-area charter schools to build out our school-based support model

Needs Statement

1. $35,000 for 2018-19 school year programming
2. Long-term, sustainable revenue stream 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



DIY Coaching

In stressed school environments, administrators are pulled in a variety of directions. Immediate needs regularly take precedence over instructional coaching. Given the strong link between student achievement and the rate of instructional coaching at their schools, we need to ensure that all teachers have access to consistent coaching supports. While this problem exists nationwide, DIY Coaching seeks to address the dearth of instructional feedback reported by many teachers in Boston Public Schools and Boston-based charter schools so that these teachers are able to meet the needs of the most marginalized students.

DIY Coaching began with 8 teachers during the 2016-17 school year. The program grew to 28 teachers, working with 1,600 students during the 2017-18 school year. During the 2018-19 school year, DIY Coaching will grow to over 60 teacher participants, and will have an impact on 3,200 students. We will also be working with 2-3 turnaround schools in Boston Public Schools and with several Boston-based charter schools to implement a school-based support model to address their self-identified instructional focus areas.

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Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

We plan to double our impact in school year 2018-19, from 28 teachers working with 1,600 students total to 60+ teachers working with 3,200 students total. In 2018-19, we are supporting Boston Public Schools in implementing the school-based model and hope to work with 2-3 schools in that capacity.

The specific outcomes we expect to see are:

  1. Improvement in teachers’ ability to coach themselves: as teachers become more comfortable with the video format, they will be able to identify the highest-leverage areas of change in their practice. They will be able to select the resources or learning experiences they need to target those priority areas.
  2. Improvement in teachers’ ability to coach their peers: as teachers build relationships with one another, they will feel more comfortable giving each other critical feedback about each others’ focus areas.
  3. Increased teachers’ effectiveness: as teachers implement the changes they have identified based on their video observations and the coaching they receive from their peer partners, they will become more effective practitioners.
  4. Increased student achievement: as teachers implement changes based upon their video reflections, they will be better able to structure their classrooms as places where students do the cognitive “heavy lifting.” As students take more ownership over their education, their learning will increase.

We are scheduled to begin working with Panorama Education to develop a tool to measure these outcomes.

Program Long-Term Success 

Over the next 3 years, we hope to build partnerships with large school districts to help develop their instructional leadership capacity at the teacher level through our cost-effective model. We aim to help them create the same network we are developing in Boston for cross-school collaboration and school-based models.

Ideally, we would have the capacity to support any teacher in Boston who wants to participate in this self-coaching model, so that all students in Title 1 schools would have teachers who are receiving adequate coaching through some source.

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Examples of Program Success 

Here are some survey reflections from 2018-19 teacher participants in DIY Coaching:

* Thank you for this opportunity. I appreciate the access to technology, books instruction and community. This was a wonderful experience.

* I really appreciate having this opportunity and want to continue this practice for the rest of my career!

* Seeing my practice on video shows so much more of what is going on in my room. I am amazed that while I think my focus is all encompassing, so much more is happening and capturing it is illuminating.

* It is an experience unlike anything else to be able to watch yourself from an outside perspective. More teachers should do this more often.

* Watching the videos I made for DIY Coaching resulted in major changes to how I was managing the start of my class. I was pretty much able to cut the time needed for my startup routines in half after watching the videos.

* Discussing what I'm working on with my triad has been invaluable. Because we have met consistently, they understand what I'm trying to do and I feel like I've moved several steps this year because of the feedback and discussions.

* There are always ways to improve. But there are not always structures in place to help support us to be better teachers. DIY coaching is a wonderful example of how we can use ourselves to be our best resource.

* Nothing else has compared to the consistent practice of DIY.

* DIY Coaching provided a space for me to engage in meaningful conversations around my teaching practice, set goals for myself and use video to monitor progress toward those goals, and take part in a professional learning community outside of my school.

* DIY is exactly what you want to improve and reignite your passion for teaching.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. James Likis
CEO Term Start Sept 2016
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Caucasian: 3
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Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Glynn
Board Chair Company Affiliation MATCH Community Day School
Board Chair Term Aug 2016 -
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Luisa Sparrow Boston Public Schools --
Masha Stine Boston Collegiate Charter School --

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Please note:  We do not have a CEO, Executive Director, or Board.  We have a team of four educators who run the program.

Foundation Comments



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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $45,000.00
Projected Expense $80,000.00
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and began its work during the 2016/2017 school year, as such, a full year of financial data will be posted above when it becomes available. DIY Coaching is fiscally sponsored by the Boston Educational Development Foundation Inc.


Other Documents

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