Expand Your Professional Learning with Twitter Chats

Need a new channel to connect with your peers at a time and location convenient for you? Twitter can help! Kathy Perret, instructional coaching consultant and author, explains how you can get started using Twitter today and level up your experience with Twitter chats. 📱

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Topics: Guest Blogger, twitter, PLCs, Networking, Professional Growth, Social Media, Twitter Chats

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

Achievement Teams: Functional Teacher Collaboration Is Solved!

Steve Ventura, president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions, speaks to the advantage of using achievement teams to move the needle for disciplined collaboration among teachers and leaders.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Cycles, Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Leadership Development, Reflection, School-Wide Goals, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Frameworks, Achievement Teams

Turn Your Classroom Into a PD Laboratory!

Jennifer Conley, instructional coach in Indiana, offers a fresh approach to PD, inviting us to turn the classroom into a lab where teachers can observe, experiment, and practice new strategies in a low-stakes environment. 👩‍🏫

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Coaching Invitations, In-the-Moment Coaching, Real-time Coaching, Making Coaching Fun, Proactive Coaching, Lab Sites

Empower Your Teachers with "What I Need" Surveys

Have you ever struggled with knowing where to focus your next coaching cycle? Lisa Hockenberry, digital learning coach, and Rachel LeForce, instructional coach, for Frisco ISD in Texas, highlight why going straight to the source through surveys allows them to gain a more in-depth understanding of their learning community's needs.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Newsletters, Coaching Surveys, Teacher Empowerment

Coaching Co-Presence: The Flow Between Teacher and Coach

Have you ever been so in-sync with someone that you felt you were thinking and acting as one? Vicki Collet, associate professor at the University of Arkansas, highlights the magic that happens when a teacher and coach bond in their work together.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, In-the-Moment Coaching, Real-time Coaching, Co-Presence

Create Your Own #CopierPD

Did you know that there are other ways to provide professional learning outside of scheduled sessions? Amy Storer, instructional coach in Montgomery, TX, showcases a fun way to provide easy-to-read PD to teachers on the go. 🖨️

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Making Coaching Fun, Fun, Copier PD

One Minute PD

Rachel Mane, secondary math specialist in Texas, highlights two ways she provides quick, targeted PD for her teachers—in under 60 seconds! ⌛

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, New Teacher Support, Email, Video, Teacher Support, Social Media, Social-Emotional, Youtube

3 Psychological Needs for Coaches to Flourish

Coaches can't truly flourish when they're feeling overwhelmed, restricted, or their psychological needs aren't being met. Samantha Shields, an early literacy specialist in Round Rock, Texas believes that ICs have three key needs that organizations must respect in order for a coach to be successful.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, First Year Coaching Tips, Vulnerability, Coaching Traits, Coaching Needs, Autonomy, Personality

Showcasing the Impact of Instructional Coaching

Have you ever struggled to share or summarize the work you do as an IC? If so, you're not alone! Learn from Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, how you can showcase the impact of your coaching to teachers and district leaders alike. 👍

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Coaching Invitations, Data, Feedback Forms, Coaching Surveys, Teacher Looping, Impact, Evidence