June 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

June may have wrapped up the school year for most, but that doesn't mean the learning has to end! Kick-start your summer with the top articles from June's weekly coaching roundups below to learn about building relationships, generating an "all in" coaching atmosphere, executing a "design thinking" coaching approach, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: News, Education, TeachBoost, edtech

How to Make the Most Out of a Tight Coaching Schedule

Tim Livingston, development specialist in Texas, shares both his insights on how coaches can better manage their time and questions to guide the journey.

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

How to Make Coaching a Team Sport

Kara McFarlin, an instructional technology coach in Illinois, shares five ways she made coaching a team effort during her first year as a coach. For more insights like hers from other new coaches check out our First Year as a Coach series!

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

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: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Tips and Tricks, 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: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Tips and Tricks, 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: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Tips and Tricks, 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: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Tips and Tricks, 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, From Vision to Reality, Feedback, 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: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Tips and Tricks, First Year as a Coach