Those of us in education today have our work cut out for us. Unfinished student learning from the pandemic is deep and for our most vulnerable students, it has only exacerbated long standing inequities that remain as the present-day residue of past racial injustices. The only way out is by helping students take on more rigor so they can turn inert information learned in school into usable knowledge. It means we have to get students ready for rigor so they can accelerate their own learning. This isn’t the solo responsibility of the classroom teacher. This is a collective challenge for teacher, coach, and school leaders, with instructional coaches playing the key role of instructional sherpa. It means coaches need to better understand the science of learning terrain, with all its pitfalls, misconceptions, and implementation challenges in order to help teachers level up their instruction so that they are equipped to support students in their own growth journey. In this breakout session, Ms. Hammond will review the practices associated with becoming a linchpin for instructional equity. Ms. Hammond will share the why and what of becoming a linchpin for instructional equity. She will review the key tools and practices that augment coaches’ core training. These practices are essential regardless of what type of instructional coaching you’re trained in, such as impact coaching, transformative coaching, student-centered coaching. We will review the principles of change management, habit formation, and paradigm shifting beyond the traditional pre-observation, observation, and post-observation model.