Brandy Alexander highlights five best practices to take full advantage of PD sessions.
"As an instructional coach, or aspiring leader of any kind, it's important to build your professional network, and conferences or local educator trainings are the perfect time to do so. . . . When you enter a session or room, look for people you may not know to sit near and introduce yourself. This helps the other participants feel more comfortable if there are partner or group activities ahead, helps the presenter(s) create a warm learning environment, and helps you make connections before the session begins."
Steve Barkley offers some questions to help spark conversations between a coach and principal, in a variety of different scenarios.
"The alignment of an instructional coach's and principal's messages to staff is important in maintaining teacher actions what will drive increased student learning. . . . It is critical that coach and principal function as a team and are seen by staff as being 'on the same page.'"
Chrissy Beltran shares easy-to-do tasks for staying fresh and preparing for the next school year.
"If you're going to be effective, you really need to take a step back and reflect on how things went this year. Then you need to make some decisions about where you are going to invest your energy next year. It helps to do this over the summer so you have a month or two to let it sort of 'percolate' in the back of your mind."
Brad Falvey covers popular coaching hashtags on Twitter to help you build your own remote professional learning network (PLN).
"Learning is best when it's collaborative, and social media has made it easy for coaches to learn with one another on their own time. Twitter has positioned itself as a source for coaches to learn from each other, meet for topic-specific chats, share one's voice and opinions, and create opportunities for mentorship. Coaches are able to lend a supportive hand to their peers while providing a judgement-free space to show vulnerability."