Michelle Marrillia


The Case for Instructional Coaches 


About Michelle

Michelle Marrillia, an educator since 1996, has a diverse background as a classroom teacher, school administrator, educational consultant, and instructional coach.  She has a passion for training coaches in PLC, developing teacher leaders, implementing RTI systems and creating doable coaching programs.

As an instructional coach, staff developer, and PLC coordinator at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Michelle was instrumental in moving the school from a persistently low-achieving school in 2010 to a proficient school in 2015. In 2017, Fern Creek won Solution Tree’s prestigious DuFour Award. Created in honor of PLC architect Richard DuFour, the award credits high-performing schools that demonstrate exceptional levels of student achievement. In 2016, Fern Creek received the School Innovation and Change Award through the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

Michelle has the privilege of presenting at state and national events to support the work of instructional coaches, classroom teachers, administrators, and district leaders.  She is also a contributing author to Charting the Course for Leaders:  Lessons from Priority Schools in a PLC at Work.  

To learn more about Michelle’s work, follow @michellemarrilll on Twitter.


The Case for Instructional Coaches 

Successful instructional coaches understand the balancing act of working with teams to help ensure the success of the PLC while also providing the time and support to individual teachers who need it. Learn how a tiered instructional coaching model can help drive the collaborative culture in your school to increase better outcomes for all students.  Participants will leave with sample coaching schedules and weekly plans for supporting and providing meaningful feedback to teams.  


  • Create clarity around the role of coaches in professional learning communities.
  • Determine next steps in building and sustaining an effective coaching model to support collaborative teams and individual teachers.
  • Discuss strategies for organizing and managing a productive coaching schedule.

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