Tools for Promoting Home-to-School Connections

Rachelle Dene Poth, teacher and edtech consultant in Pennsylvania, highlights five ways and 11 tools you can close the home-to-school gap and build relationships with your students' families.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Video, Classroom Technology, Communication, Student-Focused, Online Tools, Home-to-School Connections

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

4-Step Process for Collecting Feedback on Your Coaching

Are you looking for ways to collect feedback on your work but struggling to find a technique that works for you? Jessica Kazigian, educational specialist and instructional coach in Connecticut, walks us through her 4-step cycle for collecting and analyzing feedback to help grow your practice.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Video, First Year Coaching Tips, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Reflection, Goals, Data, Feedback Forms

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

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 13: April 2, 2021

Learn a few tips for giving quality feedback on lesson plans, how you can make coaching irresistible for teachers, the advantages of using achievement teams in your organization, and more. Enjoy! 🌷

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Topics: Feedback, Coaching Roundup, BDA, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Coaching Cycles, Leadership Development, Data-Driven Strategies, Self-awareness, Lesson Plans, Achievement Teams

Paving a Better Way for Lesson Plan Feedback

You've heard of classroom walkthroughs, but what about lesson plan walkthroughs? Rachel Wyatt, Secondary Instructional Specialist at New Boston ISD in Texas, shares her tips for giving quality feedback on lesson plans by connecting them to classroom walkthroughs.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Cycles, Collaboration, District Improvement, Coaching Cycles, Teacher Empowerment, Lesson Plans

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 9: March 5, 2021

We followed a rainbow to its source and found something even better than a pot of gold: a stack of unique articles from your peers! 🌈 Learn a fun way to provide easy-to-read PD on the go, how ICs can coach a teacher from a disempowerment mindset to an empowered one, seven ways to ensure your next professional learning session is an effective one, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Feedback, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Newsletters, Growth Mindset, Trust, Student-Focused, Making Coaching Fun, Self-care, Copier PD

January 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

2021 is off to a safe start here at TeachBoost, and we hope the same for you! Let's wrap up January with the top articles of the month from our weekly coaching roundups. Learn how one IC and his team created a look-fors framework built on his org's shared vision of high-quality instruction, why sharing feedback with your teachers may need to wait until you can sit down together, why the six levels of listening are fundamental to coaching, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Feedback, Must Reads, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Coaching Roles, Coaching Choice Boards, Look Fors, Frameworks, Proactive Coaching, Teacher Badges

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 2: January 15, 2021

This week we walked through a day in the life of a student learning coach, explored the six levels of listening and why they're fundamental skills for all ICs, learned a few additional benefits when educators collaborated with their peers, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Teacher Observation, Feedback, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Collaboration, Listening Skills, Coaching Roles, Virtual Coaching, Crisis Skills