How One Oklahoma District Offers Mini-PD through Video

Have you ever dreamed about being in front of a camera? Well, it's never too late! Jason Clark, Professional Development Coordinator for Oklahoma City Public Schools, highlights how his organization uses video to provide quick and targeted PD in an entertaining way. Action! 🎬

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Video Coaching, Social Media, Youtube

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 37: September 17th, 2021

This week we learned the benefits of a high-quality mentor program, how to create a coaching partnership agreement with teachers, four steps for turning your coaching vision into a purpose statement, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Transparency, Introductions, Communication, Coaching Menus

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 2: Teacher and Coach

Once you've established your role with the principal and created your partnership agreement, it's time to create one with the teachers you support. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, is back with part two of her partnership agreements to teach you how to do just that. 👍

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Meetings, Confidentiality, Transparency, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Teacher Looping, Teacher Empowerment

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 36: September 10th, 2021

This week we learned how ICs can create a coaching partnership agreement with their principal, the six stages of a student-centered coaching cycle, what school leaders should look for when evaluating coaches, and more!

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Topics: PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Goal Setting, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Modeling, Professional Growth, Transparency, Affirmation

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 1: Principal and Coach

Partnership agreements are incredibly helpful for coaches and their peers to outline core responsibilities and create transparency around their coaching role. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, walks through the steps for first creating a partnership agreement with your principal in part one of her series.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Transparency, Introductions

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 35: September 3rd, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Kick it off by learning how you can use pineapple charts to inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative PD, why mentors are valuable for teacher growth, how administrators can support teachers who feel stressed or anxious, the role of trust in coaching, and more! Enjoy.

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Feedback, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Relationships, Collaboration, Conversations, Mentors, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Peer Observations, Vulnerability, Coaching Invitations, Peer Coaching, Teacher Retention, Teacher Empowerment, Pineapple Charts

Increase Peer Observation with Pineapple Charts

Jennifer Conley, instructional coach in Indiana, encourages the use of "pineapple charts" to help teachers show hospitality in their classrooms and inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative professional development. 🍍

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Modeling, Coaching Invitations, Teacher Empowerment, Pineapple Charts

August 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We went through August's Weekly Coaching Roundups and bundled up the top articles for your back-to-school pack. 🎒 Learn why coaching brochures are an incredible way to showcase all you do as an IC, how to use affirmation stations to spread love and appreciation to your staff, the importance of relationships and reflection for coaching growth, and more. Enjoy, and we wish you a safe and prosperous 2021-22 school year. 😀

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Growth Mindset, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Coaching Meetings, Self-reflection, Reflection, New School Year Preparation, Co-Planning, Coaching Surveys, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Online Tools, Brochure, Affirmation Stations

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 34: August 27th, 2021

This week we learned how to build a culture of appreciation with affirmation stations, why relationships and reflection are essential to coaching growth, five traits of positively energizing ICs and leaders, and more! 😀

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, Self-reflection, Reflection, Comfort Zone, Introductions, Communication, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation, Remote Coaching, Google, Online Tools, Affirmation Stations

A Coach's Keys to Growth: Reflections and Relationships

Rachel Mane, secondary math specialist in Texas, highlights what she believes to be the two most significant factors to her coaching growth and journey: relationships and reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Questioning Techniques, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Reflection