"With the help of virtual learning platforms, instructional coaching can be done online and offers educators a deeper level of support for their teaching. While virtual coaching shouldn't replace in-person coaching efforts wholesale and while there are many benefits to working with a coach in person, it can be used to complement current instructional practices or provide a new avenue to coaching when an in-person program or coach isn't available."
"The first step in activating our coaches was to rethink how they supported teachers. I began to work on a coaching model to reimagine this position to create both powerful skill and mindset growth. Through this work, I saw that when properly activated and supported, coaches can be the key leaders in systemic transformation."
"Giving positive, effective feedback is essential to good coaching moving forward (like in finding new goals) and for building on the ever-evolving coach-teacher relationship. I'm not saying you have to be sunshine and rainbows, but you do want to make sure your feedback is constructive without being destructive."
"Writing our own foundational beliefs as a team was vital for us to have a vision for coaching at our school. It also helped us define how we would measure success in our encounters with teachers. I encourage you to engage in this work personally or with a team because it will transform your coaching and your mindset toward teachers on a daily basis!"
"Basically, without a good introduction to my role as an instructional coach, there was a lot of misunderstanding as to why I was even on that campus. And it made doing my job very difficult. . . . Make sure you and your principal are on the same page when it comes to your coaching roles and responsibilities. It's important to have a conversation before you introduce your role to your teachers."