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

3 Ways to Build Your PLN as a New IC

Being a new instructional coach can feel like you're on an island with few resources, which is why it's crucial to build a learning network on your own. 🏝️ Violet Christensen and Courtney Groskin eagerly share three tactics for making connections—both in-person and online—and even suggestions of whom to follow online.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, twitter, First Year as a Coach, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Social Media, Online Tools, Twitter Chats, PLN

Transitioning Out of Emergency Coaching and Teaching

As we venture back to in-person teaching and learning, we must decide what tactics worked in the past and what we should leave there. Ellen Eisenberg, executive director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching, highlights what she believes we should strengthen, keep, and dismiss for the return to school and the role of the IC during the process. 🏫

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Student Growth, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Student-Focused, Peer Coaching, Crisis Skills, Online Tools

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 26: July 2nd, 2021

We wrapped up June and kickstarted July by learning how to use the Jigsaw Method to increase collaboration during adult learning sessions, three steps for building our PLNs, words to avoid as an IC, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Conversations, Trust, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Professional Growth, Social Media, Learning Walks, End of Year, Compassion, Online Tools, Twitter Chats, Jigsaw Method

Foster Cooperative Adult Learning with the Jigsaw Method

Miguel Guhlin, Director of Professional Development for TCEA, walks us through the Jigsaw Method and how, in an adult learning context, it can increase collaboration and rapid learning among everyone involved.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Conversations, Teacher Tricks, Professional Growth, Social-Emotional, Goals, Learning Walks, Student-Focused, Jigsaw Method

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 25: June 25th, 2021

This week we learned how relationships built during remote work could transition to face-to-face settings, steps to create a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics, a three-step guide for planning professional summer learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, PLCs, Collaboration, Goal Setting, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Hat, In-the-Moment Coaching, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused, Crisis Skills, Summer, Online Tools, Play Cards

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 21: May 28th, 2021

We wrapped up the last full week of May by learning three tips for balancing your dual role as teacher and coach, a district's practiced techniques for supporting SEL, four out-of-the-ordinary PD designs, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, PD, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Coaching Conversations, Social-Emotional, Coaching Hat, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Making Coaching Fun, Self-care, Frameworks

3 Tips to Balance Your Roles as Teacher and Coach

Lauren Smith, instructional coach in Indiana, reflects on three themes that have sustained her this year in her new dual role as both teacher and coach, and how they'll guide her work in the future.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Reflection, Coaching Hat, Responsive Coaching, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Teacher Appreciation, Self-care