Sibme and Virtual Coaching:

The Key to Teacher Growth and Retention at COPESD

Learn how literacy coaches were able to increase teacher performance in reading instruction by providing more frequent support with virtual coaching.


Virtual Coaching can break down barriers of time and space,  it can help overcome challenges related to distance and scheduling. Additionally, research has shown Virtual Coaching to be just as effective, and in some cases even more effective, than face-to-face coaching, which can help overcome challenges related to the effectiveness of coaching.


The Challenge


Kim Blumke and Kim Peters are the only two Early Literacy Coaches supporting teachers across 13 sites within a 2000-square-mile region in Michigan. They faced challenges in finding sustainable ways to reach teachers and provide ongoing support through traditional coaching methods. Typically, teachers had to visit them for support, and travel was infrequent and difficult to manage. This made it challenging to work one-on-one with teachers in a timely manner and prevented them from being able to observe teachers in schools and provide prompt feedback.

The Solution

They began to use Virtual Coaching Cycles with the Sibme platform through the use of video recording because the research shows it works.
Being able to work asynchronously. Flexibility to be able to work from anywhere without having to all be together in the same place.
This kind of learning is engaging and relevant and it empowers educators to improve or refine and implement quality instruction and improvement goals.
The possibility of commenting on the videos made the feedback much faster and more effective. Given them actionable feedback make them improve and promote growth
At first they thought that teachers would feel intimidated by having to watch themselves on video. However, this turned out to be a tremendously useful tool to improve processes.




of participants reported that they are taking greater responsibility for their own professional learning.



noted an increase in their confidence as teachers.


reported a positive impact on teacher collaboration.

In addition to these percentages, it's important to emphasize the benefits of: 

  • Video recordings provide teachers with a reflective tool to observe and evaluate their teaching, bridging the gap between perception and reality.
  • Teachers find value in identifying areas for improvement through video analysis.
  • This approach empowers self-reflection, collaboration, and professional growth.
  • Teachers love the convenience and time-efficiency of asynchronous virtual coaching.
  • Teachers receive valuable,  job-embedded feedback without the need to leave their classrooms.
  • It fosters a sense of ownership over their learning process.
  • The non-intrusive nature of video analysis is less disruptive to the classroom environment than traditional in-person observations.

”I am excited to be engaging with teachers more consistently at a much deeper level than I ever have”

Kim Blumke

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