Using Data Walls for Literacy Coaching

How do you encourage data-driven conversations with your teachers? Data walls! Crystal Ceresani explains the benefits of these powerful organizational tools for increasing teacher engagement and tips for successfully implementing your own.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Conversations, Transparency, Data Walls, Literacy, Data

My Journey From Coach Back to Teacher Specialist

Jason MacDonald, elementary school teacher and former instructional coach, reflects on how his experience as an IC paved his transition back into the classroom as not just a teacher, but a teacher specialist.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Tricks, Professional Growth, Coaching Invitations

5 Strategies for Coaching in Response-to-Intervention Programs

What does it take to support both students and educators in response-to-intervention programs? Learn some techniques from Kristen Craig, K–8 reading specialist and ELA curriculum coordinator in Pennsylvania, on how to stay vulnerable, present, and engaged with everyone she works with.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Listening Skills, Mission and Vision, Modeling, Networking, Time Management

New and Better: Coaching for Innovation

Dr. Christina Podraza, assistant principal and former instructional coach in Illinois, explains the benefits of innovation on new teaching practices and how to hit the ground running with your coaches and teacher leaders.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Video Coaching, Modeling, Reflection, Social Media, Vulnerability, Innovation, Risk-Taking, Co-Presenting, Edcamps

What It Takes to Be a Special Education Coach

Thinking about expanding your instructional coaching practice into special education, or new to the role? Heather Noncek, special education IC in Illinois, dives into the special considerations, focus, goals, and daily life of this specialty role.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Roles, Special Education

Scaffolding Teacher Goals for Long-Term Impact

What's a great way to increase morale when working on a goal? Mini-achievements! Dr. Cristine LaMontagne, instructional coach at East Side Union High School District in California, shares how she simplifies goals with teachers to build small achievements along the way.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Goal Setting, Scaffolding, Goals, Achievements

Why Confidentiality Is Important in Coaching

How is the work of an evaluator and a coach different? Confidentiality! Ellen Eisenberg, executive director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching (TPIIC), explains the value of privacy and trust in a coaching partnerships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Partnership, Confidentiality, Transparency

From Novice to Expert: The Gradual Increase of Responsibility Model

Vicki Collet, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, breaks down a user-friendly, differentiated approach to coaching called Gradual Increase of Responsibility. Read more as she walks through the process and offers some new tools you might be able to incorporate into your practice.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Support, Coaching Models, Modeling

Leveraging Your Teacher Leaders as Peer Mentors

Teacher leaders can help your coaching efforts in tons of different ways. Ramona Towner, elementary instructional coach in Illinois, relays her process for encouraging influential teachers to share their work and skills with peers.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Mentors, Vulnerability, Ego-Envy Effect

How Effective Feedback Supports a Whole Child Perspective

Students take ownership of their learning when they're given a voice and choice. Lauren Smith, instructional coach at Noblesville Schools in Indiana, highlights why it's important to tailor feedback to meet the social and emotional needs of each student.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Coaching Conversations, Student Outcomes, Whole Child