How One Oklahoma District Offers Mini-PD through Video

Have you ever dreamed about being in front of a camera? Well, it's never too late! Jason Clark, Professional Development Coordinator for Oklahoma City Public Schools, highlights how his organization uses video to provide quick and targeted PD in an entertaining way. Action! 🎬

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Video Coaching, Social Media, Youtube

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

A Coach's Keys to Growth: Reflections and Relationships

Rachel Mane, secondary math specialist in Texas, highlights what she believes to be the two most significant factors to her coaching growth and journey: relationships and reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Questioning Techniques, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Reflection

Build a Culture of Appreciation with Affirmation Stations

Brandy Alexander shares how you can use "affirmation stations" to thoughtfully and creatively spread love and appreciation to all of your staff members this year. 💌

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Edcamps, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation, Affirmation Stations

3 Ways to Build Your PLN as a New IC

Being a new instructional coach can feel like you're on an island with few resources, which is why it's crucial to build a learning network on your own. 🏝️ Violet Christensen and Courtney Groskin eagerly share three tactics for making connections—both in-person and online—and even suggestions of whom to follow online.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, twitter, First Year as a Coach, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Social Media, Online Tools, Twitter Chats, PLN

Use a Coaching Brochure to Showcase All You Do as a Coach

Brochures are a fantastic way to showcase how your partnership with teachers can help them grow. Casey Watts, IC in Texas, shares some of her must-have sections to include in your own brochure, as well as some tips for distributing them to teachers.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Meetings, New School Year Preparation, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Brochure

Transitioning Out of Emergency Coaching and Teaching

As we venture back to in-person teaching and learning, we must decide what tactics worked in the past and what we should leave there. Ellen Eisenberg, executive director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching, highlights what she believes we should strengthen, keep, and dismiss for the return to school and the role of the IC during the process. 🏫

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Student Growth, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Student-Focused, Peer Coaching, Crisis Skills, Online Tools

The 4 Speeds of Teacher Buy-In

Not everyone is a go-getter when it comes to trying something outside their comfort zone, and teachers are no exception. Becca Silver, founder of The Whole Educator, highlights a few overarching characteristic types of teachers when approaching change and how to handle each as an IC. 🏃

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, Coaching Reluctance, Conversations, Growth Mindset, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Self-reflection, Co-Planning, Affirmation