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

4 Ways to Do More than Just Tech Support as a Coach

Ever feel like your role with teachers involves only being asked to put out fires? Delrose Adkinson, instructional technology coach in Newport News, Virginia, shares four steps that will help you set boundaries and establish your coaching identity with your staff.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Empathy, Coaching Roles, Instructional Technology, Tech Support

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 46: November 19th, 2021

Welcome back! This week we dove into how organizations can use microlearning sessions for educators when rolling out new technology, a handful of fun strategies that re-shift and re-energize your PLCs, the impact of both online and in-person coaching, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: edtech, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Coaching Conversations, Empathy, Virtual Coaching, Teacher Empowerment, Online Tools, Collective Efficacy

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

Embodying a Coaching Mindset

Are you looking to dive below the surface in your coaching conversations? Miriam Guerrero Cheuk, district IC in Virginia, highlights four ways to build a genuine connection with teachers through life-giving coaching conversations.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, PD, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, Growth Mindset, Trust, Listening Skills, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, Empathy, Self-reflection, Reflection, Peer Coaching, Self-awareness, Proactive Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Reducing Educator Stress and Fatigue

The start of the school year is always an exciting yet stressful time for all teachers, ICs, and leaders. Luckily, your peers have some incredible tips to share on reducing educator stress and fatigue. Take a moment to find a quiet place where you can unwind, find your inner zen, and learn new ways to combat unwanted stress. Enjoy! 😌

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Topics: leadership, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Conversations, Growth Mindset, Listening Skills, Empathy, Self-reflection, Overwhelmed, Teacher Retention, Crisis Skills, Remote Work, Self-care, Stress and Anxiety

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 22: June 4th, 2021

Welcome back! We started June by learning 11 apps to promote home-to-school connections, a few remote coaching and teaching strategies that your peers plan to continue using when they return to in-person learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Growth Mindset, Classroom Technology, Empathy, Video Coaching, Professional Growth, Coaching Support, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused, Remote Coaching, Summer, Teacher Empowerment, Online Tools, Home-to-School Connections

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 19: May 14th, 2021

This week we learned how to boost teacher confidence through micro-coaching cycles, a 4-step cycle for gathering and analyzing coaching feedback, a few tips for coaching outside your content area, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Feedback, Coaching Roundup, Video, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Self-reflection, Difficult Conversations, Goals, Inquiry-Based, Feedback Forms, Compassion, Micro-Coaching