Connecting the Dots: Building Digital Pathways to Meaningful Relationships

If you're looking for new and creative ways to build relationships with your staff this year, look no further! Margaret Harris-Shoates, district edtech coordinator, and Kimberly Eure, instructional technology coach, both in Virginia, provide four techniques to create meaningful connections with teachers in both remote and in-person settings.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Newsletters, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Models, Virtual Coaching, Distance Learning, Remote Work, Remote Coaching, Online Tools, Protocols

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 41: October 15th, 2021

This week we learned five ways to become a better listener, why celebrating wins and shared goal progress cultivates a culture of learning, how to identify a focus for coaching cycles via kick-off meetings, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Listening Skills, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Meetings, Professional Growth, Goals, Vulnerability, School-Wide Goals, Teacher Appreciation

Celebrating Wins and Shared Goals

Sherry St. Clair, president of Reflective Learning, shares a few tactics that leaders can use to praise individual and shared goal progress to help cultivate a culture of learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Goal Setting, Trust, Coaching Methodologies, School-Wide Goals, Teacher Appreciation, Learning Organization

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 40: October 8th, 2021

This week we learned why ICs need clear job descriptions, how instructional coaches can relieve teacher anxiety and drive data-driven conversations with the "D.A.S.H." coaching framework, a six-step plan for developing a PD calendar, and more. 😌

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Peer Observations, In-the-Moment Coaching, Data-Driven Strategies, Coaching Traits, D.A.S.H Model

Encourage Communication with the D.A.S.H Model

When teachers feel like you're on their team, they're more willing to partner with you. Michael Sonbert promotes the "D.A.S.H." coaching framework for coaches to relieve teacher anxiety and drive genuine, data-driven conversations with those they support.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Vulnerability, In-the-Moment Coaching, Data, Communication, Frameworks, Proactive Coaching, Appreciative Inquiry, D.A.S.H Model

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 39: October 1st, 2021

We wrapped up September and the first whole week of fall by learning why mini-PD through video is both fun and effective, how to embody a coaching mindset, a six-step guide to plan and prep for coaching cycles, and more! 🍁

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Trust, Listening Skills, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Social Media, Organization Tips, Self-awareness, Teacher Empowerment, Proactive Coaching, Youtube, Online Tools

September 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Student-Centered Coaching, New Teacher Support, Partnership Agreements, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Invitations, Introductions, Teacher Retention, Affirmation, Coaching Traits, Teacher Empowerment, Stress and Anxiety, Pineapple Charts

Embodying a Coaching Mindset

Are you looking to dive below the surface in your coaching conversations? Miriam Guerrero Cheuk, district IC in Virginia, highlights four ways to build a genuine connection with teachers through life-giving coaching conversations.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, PD, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, Growth Mindset, Trust, Listening Skills, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, Empathy, Self-reflection, Reflection, Peer Coaching, Self-awareness, Proactive Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Reducing Educator Stress and Fatigue

The start of the school year is always an exciting yet stressful time for all teachers, ICs, and leaders. Luckily, your peers have some incredible tips to share on reducing educator stress and fatigue. Take a moment to find a quiet place where you can unwind, find your inner zen, and learn new ways to combat unwanted stress. Enjoy! 😌

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Topics: leadership, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Conversations, Growth Mindset, Listening Skills, Empathy, Self-reflection, Overwhelmed, Teacher Retention, Crisis Skills, Remote Work, Self-care, Stress and Anxiety

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