The "Design Thinking" Approach to Coaching

Sadie Lewis, Instructional Innovation Specialist in Mehlville School District in St. Louis, MO, spotlights 5 "design thinking" approaches to coaching that allow her to execute a personalized coaching model.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox

May 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

May certainly lived up to its reputation—we saw a ton of fresh content this past month! Find the top articles from May's weekly coaching roundups below and learn about questions for powerful coaching conversations, the benefits of documenting your coaching work, increasing the impact of your coaching feedback, tips for keeping coaching alive at the end of the year, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: News, Education, TeachBoost, edtech

Documenting Your Coaching Work

Ellen Eisenberg, co-host of our Coaching Talk series from the Pennsylvania Institute of Instructional Coaching (PIIC), provides coaching tips for documenting work and creating opportunities for self-reflection.

For more posts from instructional coaches, please check out our recent posts from the TeachBoost series, Your Coaching Toolbox!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox

Instructional Coaching PLCs in Action

Connie Rockow, Instructional Coach and Mentor Coordinator from the Genesse Valley Educational Partnership, highlights the power of PLCs for professional development and where to begin to build your own network!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox

Bringing Empathy to Coaching

Shasta Looper, Balanced Literacy Coach from Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, shares the significance of empathy in coaching and provides strategies for promoting empathy with coachees.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox

Plan for Slow Change: Summary and Final Thoughts

From Vision to Reality: Pulling the Right Levers for Transformational Instructional Leadership series has served as a guide for those seeking to implement instructional leadership best practices—sustainably and at scale. Educators and experts at all levels have generously shared their knowledge and experience throughout, in the hope that it will help transform your vision into reality.

Our final post will serve to recap and reinforce the best practices learned, underpinned by the core advice offered by all the educators we work with: plan for slow change.

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Observation, Feedback, From Vision to Reality, Calibration

Reflecting on My First Year Coaching

Allison Kieffner, instructional coach outside Boston, Massachusetts, reflects on the tools, learnings, and support she needed to make her first year coaching a successful one. Afterwards, read more perspectives like hers in our First Year as a Coach series!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, First Year as a Coach

Watch Our 4th Coaching Talk Webinar on How Experienced Coaches Grow Their Practice

Ellen Eisenberg, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC), and Kristin Van Deman, instructional coach from Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, shared how coaches can continue growing no matter their experience during April's Coaching Talk webinar.

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Topics: Webinar, Instructional Leadership, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox

April 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

April is finally here and if you're allergic to fresh articles, please proceed with caution! Stay up to date with our weekly coaching roundup and read below for things to do when you don't feel like coaching, techniques for providing powerful feedback, sources for coaching feedback, how to spark "aha" moments, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: News, Education, TeachBoost, edtech

Prioritize Growth And Development, Move Beyond Compliance

This post is part of TeachBoost's series, From Vision to Reality: Pulling the Right Levers for Transformational Instructional Leadership. Check out all the posts in our series, then subscribe to our blog to have posts delivered to your inbox as we publish new pieces.

Previously we discussed the importance of choosing a partner, not a vendor. Why? Because a partner doesn't just solve your immediate need; in fact, they work with you to achieve your long-term vision. For example, TeachBoost provides a partnership that allows organizations to streamline their current observation, feedback, and coaching processes by moving beyond compliance to enable growth and development around evidence.

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Observation, Feedback, From Vision to Reality, Calibration