December 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

Happy holidays! ☃️ It's time to shut the door on 2021 but first, let's revisit the top articles from December's weekly coaching roundups. Learn how to shift a coaching culture from avoidance to acceptance, a tasteful approach to build relationships with teachers and students in your building, four tips for effective coaching conversations, and more!

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Roles, Teacher Retention, Sunshine Carts

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 50: December 17, 2021

This week we learned the ins and outs of effective PLCs, four ways to make every coaching conversation impactful, why even principals deserve an IC, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Leadership Development, Stress and Anxiety

Four Tips for Effective Coaching Conversations

Jessica Crawford, District Literacy Coach in Michigan, highlights four coaching conversation moves she's learned over the years from other leading instructional coaches. Read on for some new ways to help your conversations begin to forge stronger teacher partnerships.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Feedback, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Partnership, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Empathy, Reflection, Stress and Anxiety

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 46: November 19th, 2021

Welcome back! This week we dove into how organizations can use microlearning sessions for educators when rolling out new technology, a handful of fun strategies that re-shift and re-energize your PLCs, the impact of both online and in-person coaching, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: edtech, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Coaching Conversations, Empathy, Virtual Coaching, Teacher Empowerment, Online Tools, Collective Efficacy

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 45: November 12th, 2021

This week we learned the benefits of using pineapple charts in your organization to increase collaboration among staff, five steps for planning and developing a PD session, how effective questioning skills can help an IC coach outside their comfort zone, and more!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Partnership Agreements, Coaching Conversations, Self-reflection, Coaching Roles, Data-Driven Strategies, Pineapple Charts

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 44: November 5th, 2021

This week we learned how to create a digital coaching invitation, four ways to enhance our teachers' social-emotional and physical well-being, what a "conversation workout" is, a few techniques for addressing teachers' emotions, and more!

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Relationships, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Mission and Vision, Social-Emotional, Coaching Invitations, Stress and Anxiety, Google Jamboard, Parallel Practice

Use Parallel Practice for Social-Emotional Learning

For teachers to take care of students, they must first be at one with their own emotions. Morgan Davis, instructional coach in Colorado, highlights four of her go-to practices that prioritize her teachers social-emotional and physical well-being.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, PLCs, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Social-Emotional, Self-awareness, Self-care, Stress and Anxiety, Parallel Practice

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

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, Week 36: September 10th, 2021

This week we learned how ICs can create a coaching partnership agreement with their principal, the six stages of a student-centered coaching cycle, what school leaders should look for when evaluating coaches, and more!

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Topics: PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Goal Setting, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Modeling, Professional Growth, Transparency, Affirmation