June 2018 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

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June may have wrapped up the school year for most, but that doesn't mean the learning has to end! Kick-start your summer with the top articles from June's weekly coaching roundups below to learn about building relationships, generating an "all in" coaching atmosphere, executing a "design thinking" coaching approach, and more. Enjoy!

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The "Design Thinking" Approach to Coaching

Sadie Lewis spotlights 5 approaches to executing a personalized coaching model.

"When setting out to work with a new teacher or team, I think it's crucial to understand their professional learning styles. Being empathic to how teachers like to learn can go a long way in building solid coaching relationships"

Considering Coaching Roles

Cailin Minor reviews four coaching approaches and how to shift between them.

"I have found no matter what practices you utilize or what the model looks like at your school, there are four basic roles we use when working with teachers: Coaching, Consulting, Collaborating, and Facilitating. [...] The ultimate goal is to be able to shift between these roles depending on the goal and who you are working with."

Moving From an "Opt In" to "All In" Coaching Model

Dianne Sweeney offers ways to build energy and generate interest for coaching cycles.

"It's helpful for teachers to understand that coaching cycles are not something extra. Instead, it means that teachers will have a thinking partner to support their planning and teaching."

Building Relationships as an Instructional Coach

Claire Fassio reflects on her experience creating a relationship with one of her teachers as a new coach.

"It is always important to recognize and honor the strengths of colleagues because this lays the foundation for a relationship that can be the source of meaningful changes"

All-in for Coaching

Vicki Collet discusses the four quadrants that teachers fall into and how to support them at each stage.

"Having a coach helps teachers embrace reflection and take risks at every career stage and every level of proficiency. Considering where a teacher is on the expertise and experience spectrums helps us successfully challenge, advise, and celebrate the teachers we support."

The Place of Reflection in PD

Aaron Marvel shares 5 ways to foster structured reflection for teachers.

"Learning is a lifelong journey, and reflection is a way for teachers and administrators to continue to develop our professional practice whether we’re new in our positions or seasoned veterans."

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