Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes that she is dismayed by the need to conduct a two-year study comparing individualized teacher coaching to offering an online chat community as methods of professional development. Early results from the study in Tennessee show that teachers are pleased with coaching but fail to consistently engage in the online community, writes Aguilar, who isn't surprised by the results. She concedes that the study is necessary if coaching is to receive financial support.

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