Peer Coaching Program on Teaching and Mentoring

Peer coaching is a professional development process in which educators voluntarily work together to improve their teaching and/or mentoring skills. It offers a collaborative, non-judgmental and non-evaluative approach to refining professional knowledge and skills.

The Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy’s Peer Coaching program provides the following benefits: 

  • Allows participants to create stronger ties with colleagues and enhances the community of educators in Stanford Medicine
  • Enhances participants' sense of professional skill and efficacy
  • Provides participants a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching and learning
  • Encourages reflection and analysis of teaching practices
  • Improves teaching performance in part by imparting a wider repertoire of instructional strategies and resources
  • Improves student acheivement and enhances student progress
  • Fosters mutual learning and development for both the coach and the participant educator


How does TMA Peer Coaching work? 

Educators interested in working with a peer coach complete a questionnaire on the TMA Meet the Coaches webpage. Prospective participants can review peer coaches’ biosketches to identify a coach they would like to work with, or let the TMA find a match for you. 

The coaching process will begin with a conversation and goal setting. It may involve classroom observations, video coaching, phone and in-person meetings to achieve the participant's goals. It may also involve the educator observing the peer coach and reflecting together with them on the teaching they observed. Coaching is confidential and we expect the coaching process to last for at least a year, but this can be negotiated between the peer coach and educator to last longer. 

Participants who complete the coaching program may be eligible to apply to be peer coaches.