A Day in the Life of a Student Learning Coach

Ever wonder what a typical day looks like for an instructional coach? Well look no further! Julie Nelson, student learning coach at Westgate Elementary School near Chicago, Illinois, walks through a day's work in her ever-changing role and the many hats she wears. 🎩

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Learning, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Roles, Co-Planning, Student-Focused, Distance Learning

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 46: November 13, 2020

This week we learned from Shelby Denman and Kaila Albright about how to identify and cope with teacher stressors, a few tips for practicing mindfulness, the mindset of a humble leader, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Overwhelmed, Coaching Traits, Stress and Anxiety

Crafting Your Coaching Approach

Katie Biggs and Hanna Schramm, who support and develop the instructional coaching program for Comal ISD in Texas, explore three ways to hone your craft by building relationships, diversifying your toolkit, and empowering educators.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, Partnership, Trust, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Communication, Growth Plans

How to Set the Right Kind of Goal for Your Coaching Cycle

Samantha Shields, an Early Literacy Specialist in Round Rock, Texas combines elements from both Jim Knight and Diane Sweeney's work to help you set the right kind of goal with your teachers, every time.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Engagement, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Social-Emotional, Goals

June 2020 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

June not only wrapped up the 2019-20 school year but also brought the official start of summer! ☀️ Check out the top articles from June's Weekly Coaching Roundups to learn how you can step up your approach to virtual coaching, tips for checking in with teachers remotely, a few foundational must-haves of coaching programs that work, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Feedback, Must Reads, Teacher Tricks, Classroom Management, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Support, Communication, Coaching Choice Boards, Remote Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 14: April 3, 2020

Learn how reflecting on your daily practices and actions can lead to a bit more consistency in your day-to-day, discover some tools to help communicate better remotely, find out how to set yourself up for continuous growth as a coach, read some tips for coaching with confidence, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Professional Growth, Social Media, Time Management, Loneliness, Difficult Conversations, Virtual Coaching, Communication, Organization Tips, Distance Learning, E-Learning

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 11: March 13, 2020

This week we learned the importance of self-care for ICs; why instructional coaches need to coach for independence, not dependence; some practical advice for modeling that are helpful for both teachers and coaches; and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Coaching Reluctance, Questioning Techniques, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Models, Coaching Methodologies, Modeling, Self-awareness

February 2020 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

Spread some ❤️ for the best articles in February's weekly coaching roundups! Learn why one coach focuses on building relationships with new staff right away, a few critical issues that can get in the way of adult learning, how another IC satisfies her teachers' coaching appetites with tasty treats topped with puns, and more! 🍬

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, TeachBoost, Must Reads, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Edcamps, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Making Coaching Fun

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 7: February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's! Our lovely coaches this week share how they use treats (topped with puns!) to remind teachers of the ways they can support them, why reflection is integral to a coach's day, how education unconferences can help teachers drive their own PD, and more. Enjoy! 💕🍫

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Topics: Coaching, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Networking, Edcamps, Self-awareness, Making Coaching Fun

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 3: January 17, 2020

This week we learned how collaboration built on ongoing relationships, learning, and feedback helps improve student and adult achievement within an organization; a few ways you can kickstart your second semester of coaching; four elements of professional learning; and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Methodologies, Goals, School-Wide Goals, Coaching for Equity