The Secret Ingredient to Better Coaching Conversations: Chocolate!

Hershey’s Kisses, Ghirardelli squares, Snickers!? Learn how chocolate can help lay the groundwork for successful coaching relationships as Rachel Andress, instructional coach in North Carolina, shares how she wins both the partnerships and stomachs of her teachers.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Tips and Tricks, Building Relationships, PD

Successes Through Coach and Principal Collaboration

Grace Worrell and Melissa Llano, instructional coach and principal at Franklin Park School District in Illinois, reflect on their collaborative partnership together built on trust and respect.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching, Partnership Agreements, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Building Relationships

Coaching Partnerships: The Long and Short of Them

Danielle Head and Lesley Burdine, technology integration coaches from the Clarksville Montgomery County School System in Tennessee, explain the importance of collaboration and reflection between a teacher and coach and how relationships can thrive through both short- and long-term partnerships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Cycles, Collaboration, Building Relationships, Partnership

Shortening the Feedback Loop

Pasha Goodman, professional learning specialist at Fort Bend ISD in Texas, highlights the benefits of creating a coaching foundation built on in-the-moment, resentment-free feedback.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Feedback, Partnership Agreements, Tips and Tricks, Coaching

The Power of Coaching Circles

Christelle Harding, instructional specialist coordinator with Decatur Public Schools in Illinois, explains the value of coaching circles for building supportive relationships and emotional restoration among teachers and coaches.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching, Building Relationships, Coaching Circles

Coaching Strategies to Support Personalized Learning

Nancy Meisenger, instructional coach at the Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 in Illinois, advocates her seven qualities of instructional coaches necessary to support the implementation of personalized learning.

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

Putting a Personal Touch on Your Coaching With Bitmojis

Brandy Alexander, elementary instructional specialist in the Houston, TX area, promotes Bitmojis as a way to build relationships while creating a fun environment with your colleagues and school.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Tips and Tricks, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching, Building Relationships, Email, twitter

Transforming a Coaching Culture From Avoidance to Acceptance

Lauren Vaclavik, an instructional coach in Illinois, shares her tips for building relationships and establishing a culture of coaching within a school or organization.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Tips and Tricks, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching, Coaching Reluctance, Building Relationships

Supporting Your Teachers During Parent-Teacher Conferences

Shannon Hamm, instructional coach in Illinois, dives into ways coaches can support teachers during all phases of parent-teacher conferences.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Tips and Tricks, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching, Collaboration, Coaching Relationships, Parent-Teacher Conferences

Utilizing the "Third Space" in Coaching

Darren Ralston, instructional coach with Albemarle County Schools in Virginia, explains the "Third Space" concept for building relationships and how a teacher and coach can use it as a "safe area" for their coaching interactions.

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