digiCOACH Walkthrough Tool

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DigiCOACH is an easy-to-use app designed to enhance teacher efficacy. The digiCOACH app can be accessed on your tablet or phone (Apple and Android). digiCoach photo

To support literacy training, CALI Reads participants can use the digiCOACH app during lesson walkthroughs to reinforce the key instructional Look-Fors and offer formative feedback through praise and coaching tips from the library of feedback statements (see Self-Generated Questions Walkthrough below).


DigiCOACH Support for CALI Reads

To learn more about how to use digiCOACH, visit digiCOACH.com/calireads.html



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How is digiCOACH used in CALI Reads?

Following completion of a CALI Reads training module, teacher participants are asked to conduct 15-20 minute digiCOACH walkthroughs to help refine instructional practice for a focal literacy practice. To get the most out of walkthroughs, teachers should conduct them at three points in time: self-rating, peer walkthrough, and coach/instructional leader walkthrough.

During a walkthrough, the observer will:

  1. Identify key Look Fors across Literacy Focus Areas
  2. Select Strategy/Routine specific Coaching Tips
  3. Send a follow-up email with the feedback

Support: For questions on how you should be using digiCOACH for the project, contact your CALI Reads Site Coach.


How can I download the digiCOACH app?

To access digiCOACH walkthroughs, you will need the digiCOACH mobile app. All CALI Reads iPads come with the app downloaded and ready for your personal log in.

Support: To download the digiCOACH app onto other devices, go to digiCOACH.com/install.html or search the app store from your device.


How do I access my personal digiCOACH account?

You should have received an email from digiCOACH (search email for: digiCOACH Account Activated) with instructions and a link to where you can create your account password.
Note: Keep your password handy for log in.

Support: If you did NOT receive a digiCOACH invitation email, request one at info@calireads.org.


How do I log into the digiCOACH Mobile App?

Use your email address and the password you created. Please note, the initial login to the digiCOACH app will take around 90 seconds to complete. When you are logging in, keep your device unlocked and the digiCOACH app active when the spinning icon is on the screen. Once the download completes you will be ready to start your first walkthrough!

Support: For questions about your digiCOACH password or support logging in, contact Brandon@digiCOACH.com


Example CALI Reads digiCOACH Walkthrough

Lesson Design Tools and Resources Self-Generated Questions
Purpose Cue Cards Right There Questions

Teacher sets the focus of the lesson and tells how it benefits the students.

The teacher provides each student with cue cards and incorporates use throughout the lesson.

Teacher models and guides students through the steps to construct Level 1/Right There Questions.

Modeling and Explicit Instructions Student Log Putting it Together Questions

Teacher describes the strategy, its steps, and models how to use it.

Teacher provides each student with a log and incorporates its use throughout the lesson.

Teacher models and guides students through the steps to construct Level 2/Putting it Together Questions.

Guided and Collaborative Practice Rubric Making Connections Questions

Teacher Guides students through practice with the strategy in collaborative groups and reteaches or redirects as needed.

Teacher uses a rubric to set success criteria and incorporates its use throughout the lesson.

Teacher models and guides students through the steps to construct Level 3/Making Connection Questions.

Independent Practice Text Selection Strategy Application

Teacher gives students opportunity to apply this strategy in extended practice while continuing to monitor their understanding

Teacher selects a text appropriate to the student demographic and students' prior knowledge.

Teacher models and guides student through the application of all three levels of Self-Generated Questions


Supporting CALI Reads with digicoach


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use digiCOACH?
The digiCOACH app will be made is available for CALI Reads participants: CALI Reads coaches, site administrators, and teachers.


Who completes the walkthrough?
CALI Reads coaches, site administrators, and teachers.


How many walkthroughs does each teacher do?
First, the teacher begins by using digiCOACH to self-rate a lesson.
Second, the teacher conducts a peer walkthrough.
Third, the coach or site administrator conducts the walkthrough.


How long does a walkthrough take?
No longer than 20-30 minutes.


What gets recorded during a walkthrough?
Look Fors and selected Coaching Tips.


How do Look Fors get rated?
On a scale of Exemplary, Evident, Emerging and Not Evident.


What are Coaching Tips?
Praise and suggestions related to each Look For. For example, “During modeling, you used a Think Aloud to show students how to form a Level Two question”.


How do I get feedback following a walkthrough?
Following a walkthrough, digiCOACH will prompt the observer to send an email that includes the selected Coaching Tips.


What reports are created?
digiCOACH can report trends on the frequency of Look Fors and Coaching Tips by District, School, teacher, and coach.


Who sees the reports?
Individuals can only see a report they have personally recorded the walkthrough. Otherwise, only CALI Reads coaches have access to reports.


How are reports used?
To determine when and where more coaching and training are needed to support teacher use of a strategy.


CALI Reads is a project funded by the Office of Special Education in partnership with the California Department of Education, Special Education Division. The project is coordinated and administered through the

Napa County Office of Education
1450 Technology Lane, Suite 200 Petaluma, CA 94954
Fax: 707-762-1438 | e-mail: info@calireads.org

Napa County Office of Education
U.S. Offic of Special Education Programs
California Department of Education

The contents of this website were developed under a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) from the US Department of Education (CALI/Award #H323A170011), Project Officer, Latisha.Putney@ed.gov. However, the contents of this site not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education and no assumption of endorsement by the Federal government should be made.


Last updated: 11/13/2020