Create a Personalized PD Plan with This Four-Step Guide

ICs spend their days supporting the growth of educators, but who does the same for them? Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, believes that coaches can guide their own learning through her four-step processes built on self-reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Goal Setting, Mentors, Self-reflection, Reflection, Checklists, Coaching Surveys, Youtube

May 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We've got a huge crop of coaching articles this month from Weekly Coaching Roundups, and we handpicked the top ones just for you! 🌷 Read on to learn a 4-step cycle for collecting and analyzing coaching feedback, a few helpful tips for leaders looking to build trust and credibility within their organization, three ways to use Google Jamboard to promote positive reflection and celebrate success with teachers, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Must Reads, Building Relationships, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Empathy, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Feedback Forms, Coaching Surveys, Communication, Coaching Traits, Google Jamboard, Appreciative Inquiry, Micro-Coaching

April 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

April brought beautiful spring weather and a fresh batch of articles from our Weekly Coaching Roundups that we handpicked just for you! 💐 Read on to learn two reflection questions that have impacted one IC, the advantage of using achievement teams to move the needle forward for disciplined collaboration, a few tips for giving quality feedback on lesson plans, a six-step approach for sorting through data, and more. Enjoy! 😁

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Topics: Feedback, PD, Must Reads, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Learning Walks, Data, Coaching Surveys, Data-Driven Strategies, Fun, Lesson Plans, Achievement Teams

A Day in the Life of an Instructional Technology Coach

Teresa Engler, instructional technology coach in McGuffey School District, walks through a day’s responsibilities and her role in ensuring every teacher has opportunities to learn professionally, no matter where they are at in their career.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Meetings, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Social Media, Coaching Roles, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Google

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Gathering Teacher Feedback

Instructional coaches value input from teachers on their practice, and there are plenty of ways to put them at the forefront of their learning. Read on for some practiced ways you can gather feedback from your teachers! 👍

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Feedback, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Cycles, Personalized Coaching, Reflection, Feedback Forms, Coaching Surveys, Coaching Menus, Coaching Choice Boards, Teacher Empowerment, Roundup Topics

March 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

March brought us blooming flowers, spring weather, and a wonderful collection of articles from our weekly coaching roundups. 🌷Take a moment to review March's top articles to learn a fun way to provide easy-to-read PD, how you can use surveys to gain a more in-depth understanding of your learning community's needs, six rules for gathering meaningful data in coaching cycles, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Must Reads, PLCs, Coaching Cycles, Data, Coaching Surveys, Making Coaching Fun, PD Boxes, Teacher Empowerment, Proactive Coaching, Copier PD, Lab Sites

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 12: March 26, 2021

This week we looked at how you can focus coaching cycles by surveying teachers about their needs, a fresh approach for in-the-moment coaching using lab sites, a personal ice breaker to use during your next PLC session, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Relationships, PLCs, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Meetings, In-the-Moment Coaching, Coaching Surveys, Teacher Empowerment, Lab Sites

Empower Your Teachers with "What I Need" Surveys

Have you ever struggled with knowing where to focus your next coaching cycle? Lisa Hockenberry, digital learning coach, and Rachel LeForce, instructional coach, for Frisco ISD in Texas, highlight why going straight to the source through surveys allows them to gain a more in-depth understanding of their learning community's needs.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Newsletters, Coaching Surveys, Teacher Empowerment

February 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

The groundhog may have brought some bad news earlier this month, but your friends here at TeachBoost have something that may cheer you up: the topic articles from February's weekly coaching roundups. 👍 Learn five techniques for making the most of online instruction, how you can showcase your impact as an IC, a few strategies for building relationships with teachers (beyond chocolate 🍫), the benefits of digital coaching menus, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Must Reads, Building Relationships, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Time Management, Coaching Invitations, Co-Planning, Coaching Surveys, Coaching Menus, E-Learning, Remote Work, Impact

Showcasing the Impact of Instructional Coaching

Have you ever struggled to share or summarize the work you do as an IC? If so, you're not alone! Learn from Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, how you can showcase the impact of your coaching to teachers and district leaders alike. 👍

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Coaching Invitations, Data, Feedback Forms, Coaching Surveys, Teacher Looping, Impact, Evidence