Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1999

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Susan M. Madley

Second Committee Member

Alberta J. Thyfault

Third Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson


Clinical supervision is a coherent process for teacher evaluation. A significant investment of time and training for teachers and administrators is necessary to successfully implement the clinical supervision model. A peer coaching program presents the opportunity of improving upon the clinical supervision model and establishing a lasting staff development program. The Critical Friends Group model, developed by the Coalition of Essential Schools, provides the structure which fosters collegiality, professional development, and improved student learning. The success of a Critical Friends Group peer coaching program relies on the leadership of the principal through active participation, financing, and modeling professional collaboration.