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 40: October 8th, 2021

This week we learned why ICs need clear job descriptions, how instructional coaches can relieve teacher anxiety and drive data-driven conversations with the "D.A.S.H." coaching framework, a six-step plan for developing a PD calendar, and more. 😌

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Peer Observations, In-the-Moment Coaching, Data-Driven Strategies, Coaching Traits, D.A.S.H Model

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 39: October 1st, 2021

We wrapped up September and the first whole week of fall by learning why mini-PD through video is both fun and effective, how to embody a coaching mindset, a six-step guide to plan and prep for coaching cycles, and more! 🍁

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Trust, Listening Skills, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Social Media, Organization Tips, Self-awareness, Teacher Empowerment, Proactive Coaching, Youtube, Online Tools

September 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Student-Centered Coaching, New Teacher Support, Partnership Agreements, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Invitations, Introductions, Teacher Retention, Affirmation, Coaching Traits, Teacher Empowerment, Stress and Anxiety, Pineapple Charts

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 37: September 17th, 2021

This week we learned the benefits of a high-quality mentor program, how to create a coaching partnership agreement with teachers, four steps for turning your coaching vision into a purpose statement, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Transparency, Introductions, Communication, Coaching Menus

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 2: Teacher and Coach

Once you've established your role with the principal and created your partnership agreement, it's time to create one with the teachers you support. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, is back with part two of her partnership agreements to teach you how to do just that. 👍

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Meetings, Confidentiality, Transparency, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Teacher Looping, Teacher Empowerment

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 1: Principal and Coach

Partnership agreements are incredibly helpful for coaches and their peers to outline core responsibilities and create transparency around their coaching role. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, walks through the steps for first creating a partnership agreement with your principal in part one of her series.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Transparency, Introductions

Increase Peer Observation with Pineapple Charts

Jennifer Conley, instructional coach in Indiana, encourages the use of "pineapple charts" to help teachers show hospitality in their classrooms and inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative professional development. 🍍

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Modeling, Coaching Invitations, Teacher Empowerment, Pineapple Charts

August 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We went through August's Weekly Coaching Roundups and bundled up the top articles for your back-to-school pack. 🎒 Learn why coaching brochures are an incredible way to showcase all you do as an IC, how to use affirmation stations to spread love and appreciation to your staff, the importance of relationships and reflection for coaching growth, and more. Enjoy, and we wish you a safe and prosperous 2021-22 school year. 😀

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Growth Mindset, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Coaching Meetings, Self-reflection, Reflection, New School Year Preparation, Co-Planning, Coaching Surveys, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Online Tools, Brochure, Affirmation Stations

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 34: August 27th, 2021

This week we learned how to build a culture of appreciation with affirmation stations, why relationships and reflection are essential to coaching growth, five traits of positively energizing ICs and leaders, and more! 😀

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, Self-reflection, Reflection, Comfort Zone, Introductions, Communication, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation, Remote Coaching, Google, Online Tools, Affirmation Stations