Use Play Cards to Elevate Coaching and Teaching

Have you ever been compared to an athletic coach? Ashley Taplin believes there are some similarities between athletic coaches and ICs, and has even taken a play from their "playbook" by creating a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Methodologies, In-the-Moment Coaching, Play Cards

Create a Personalized PD Plan with This Four-Step Guide

ICs spend their days supporting the growth of educators, but who does the same for them? Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, believes that coaches can guide their own learning through her four-step processes built on self-reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Goal Setting, Mentors, Self-reflection, Reflection, Checklists, Coaching Surveys, Youtube

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

How One Iowa District Put SEL on Center Stage

Tina Halverson, PK-12 instructional coach in Iowa, highlights a few of her district's  techniques with social and emotional learning to help meet the needs of all of their students while keeping their emotions front and center.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Self-reflection, Reflection, Social-Emotional, School-Wide Goals, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Frameworks, Sensory Rooms, Success Teams

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

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

Using Jamboard to Share and Celebrate Success

Violet Christensen, instructional learning coach in Longmont, CO, shares three ways to use Google Jamboard to promote positive reflection and celebrate successes with her teachers.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Self-reflection, Virtual Coaching, Making Coaching Fun, Fun, Self-care, Google Jamboard, Online Tools

A Day in the Life of an Instructional Technology Coach

Teresa Engler, instructional technology coach in McGuffey School District, walks through a day’s responsibilities and her role in ensuring every teacher has opportunities to learn professionally, no matter where they are at in their career.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Meetings, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Social Media, Coaching Roles, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Google

Build Trust and Improve Team Collaboration with Appreciative Inquiry

Mia Pumo, author and co-founder of Constructive Learning Design, explores the 5-D cycle of Appreciative Inquiry and shows how you can use it with your team to lay a solid foundation of communication and collaboration.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Cycles, Collaboration, Trust, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, School-Wide Goals, Growth Plans, Appreciative Inquiry

Is Zoom PD the Future of Professional Learning?

Veronica Kernler, Teacher Mentor Specialist in School District U-46 in Illinois, shares her experience making the shift to virtual PD and why she believes it may be a preferred method moving forward. 👋 💻

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Meetings, PLCs, Adult Learning, Remote Work, Online Tools, Zoom