Facilitate Teacher-Centered PD with EdCamps

How do you empower your teachers while giving them a voice and choice in their professional learning, you ask? EdCamps! Jenny Steller, instructional coach in Ohio, overviews the EdCamp model for PD and the steps you can take to help your teachers organize their next professional learning session.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, PLCs, Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Edcamps, Teacher Empowerment

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

Sunshine Carts for Teachers

We hope you've had breakfast because this post will leave you hungry! Kayleigh Wright, technology coach in Oregon, delivers a tasteful way to build relationships with teachers and students in your building—with the help of treats! 🍪

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Student Engagement, Sunshine Carts

The Role of a Digital Learning Coach

Have you ever wondered what a digital learning coach's day-to-day is like? Lisa Hockenberry, from Frisco ISD in Texas, overviews the rewards, challenges, daily motivations, and the ins and outs of her coaching role.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Personalized Learning, Goal Setting, Classroom Technology, Coaching Roles, School-Wide Goals, Student-Focused, Traveling Coach, Coaching Traits, Digital Learning Coach

The Secret to Re-Energizing PLCs

Traditional PLCs are often dull and leave educators feeling like they're another task to do in their already busy schedules. Casey Watts, IC in Texas, offers a few fun strategies that re-shift the focus of your current PLCs to be ones focused on a shared culture of collaboration.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PLCs, Collaboration, Coaching Reluctance, Culture of Coaching, Mission and Vision, School-Wide Goals, Teacher Empowerment, 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

Connecting the Dots: Building Digital Pathways to Meaningful Relationships

If you're looking for new and creative ways to build relationships with your staff this year, look no further! Margaret Harris-Shoates, district edtech coordinator, and Kimberly Eure, instructional technology coach, both in Virginia, provide four techniques to create meaningful connections with teachers in both remote and in-person settings.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Newsletters, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Models, Virtual Coaching, Distance Learning, Remote Work, Remote Coaching, Online Tools, Protocols

Celebrating Wins and Shared Goals

Sherry St. Clair, president of Reflective Learning, shares a few tactics that leaders can use to praise individual and shared goal progress to help cultivate a culture of learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Goal Setting, Trust, Coaching Methodologies, School-Wide Goals, Teacher Appreciation, Learning Organization

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 35: September 3rd, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Kick it off by learning how you can use pineapple charts to inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative PD, why mentors are valuable for teacher growth, how administrators can support teachers who feel stressed or anxious, the role of trust in coaching, and more! Enjoy.

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Feedback, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Relationships, Collaboration, Conversations, Mentors, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Peer Observations, Vulnerability, Coaching Invitations, Peer Coaching, Teacher Retention, Teacher Empowerment, Pineapple Charts

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