Weekly Coaching Roundup: February 18th, 2019

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Weekly Coaching Roundup - February 2019 (Half)

Welcome back to TeachBoost's Weekly Coaching Roundup! This week we learned a few ways to support the social and emotional needs of adults, why it's important to be non-judgemental as a coach, how instructional coaches can support technology integration, and more!

Social-Emotional Coaching: Supporting the Stages of Change

Lindsey Frank offers some strategies to understand and support the social and emotional needs of adults in both partnerships and coaching cycles.

"Understanding the progression of change and the emotional impact it has on partnerships helps coaches approach relationships with compassion. We can uncover the hidden roots to why certain emotions and behaviors are occurring, we can anticipate possible future thoughts and actions of staff, and we can know how to begin supporting teachers."

The Importance of Non-Judgmentalism in Coaching

Alison Newby leaves judgment at the door with her coachees, especially when she works with them to create a safe place for openness and growth. Read about how we can build awareness of our own judgmental tendencies.

" To maintain an open, welcoming curiosity we need to be non-judgemental. Being non-judgemental means we allow ourselves to 'be with' the coachee, with the coachee's thinking and experience, rather than being stuck in our own reactions to that thinking and experience. Our role is to facilitate the thinking and self-insight of our coachees, to reflect back what we have seen and heard."

Tech Integration Comes Alive Through Coaching

Emily Davis and Brad Currie highlight six critical factors that school leaders must consider to ensure that their tech coaching programs are effective.

"If school leaders really want their investments in technology to add up, they must develop high-quality coaching to support integration. Well-trained coaches not only improve the speed at which teachers use technologies in the classroom, they also help educators harness tools to efficiently meet teaching and learning goals."

Launching Into Design Thinking

Kaneland Coaches speak to the benefits of a design thinking approach to solve problems and overcome chaos in our daily encounters.

"It is all about taking the time to step into someone else's shoes and begin to really view the issue from their perspective or multiple perspectives. . . . After viewing a problem/situation from a variety of angles it is time to figure out what is the real issue or problem that needs to be solved."

Maintaining Momentum and Urgency in a PLC

Jason Andrews visits four critical tenants necessary to motivate staff and promote a healthy PLC culture within a district.

"In order to realize the vision and measure progress, annual collaborative creation of clearly articulated SMART goals is critical. SMART goals provide the context for moving forward. . . . A consistent focus, clear vision, aligned goals, celebration of success, and continuous learning have created a culture in which the status quo is challenged and outcomes and opportunities are consistently improved for students."

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