Virtual Coaching for Anytime, Anywhere Teacher Development

Stephanie Affinito, literacy teacher educator at the University at Albany in New York, explains the benefits of a virtual coaching cycle and why those who don't have in-person coaching opportunities should explore online options.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Instructional Coaching, Collaboration, Coaching Cycles, Debrief, Coaching Methodologies, Video Coaching, Virtual Coaching

The Telescope, Microscope, and Wide-Angle Lens Protocol for Planning

Lindsay Deacon, instructional coach in Portland, Oregon, shares her three-perspective approach to plan and execute projects with a team.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Collaboration, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Models, Co-Planning

How to Introduce Yourself as a Coach

Joseph Kanke, statewide coaching coordinator in Wisconsin, shares a few ways ICs can introduce themselves to peers in order to build long-lasting partnerships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, First Year Coaching Tips, Introductions

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer PD

Brandy Alexander, elementary instructional specialist in the Houston, TX area, highlights five best practices to make the most out of PD sessions.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching PD, Networking, Coaching Notes

Surveys for Better Coaching Cycles (with Examples!)

Amy Rudd, instructional coach in Akron, Ohio, uses teacher surveys to help identify goals and discover trends to help create more successful coaching cycles.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Surveys

Building a Culture of Collaboration Through Coaching, Part 2: Beliefs and Actions

Cailin Minor is back with part 2 in her series on building a culture of collaboration at your school or district. Last week you established the skills, now learn how to inspire your teachers and some steps you can take to start building that culture!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, Coaching PD, Co-Planning, School-Wide Goals

Leadership From the Bottom Up

Alison Giska, literacy coach at Worcester County Public Schools in Maryland, reflects on the importance of building a collaborative partnership with your building principal to ensure coaching success.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Partnership, Principal and Coach, Comfort Zone

Building a Culture of Collaboration Through Coaching, Part 1: Knowledge and Skills

In part 1 of this 2-part series, Cailin Minor, literacy coach at Shanghai American School in China, explains why a culture of collaboration is important for achieving school-wide goals and how it's necessary to first establish the knowledge and skills of collaboration.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Coaching PD, Co-Planning, School-Wide Goals

Seeking Feedback as a Coach

What's the best way to seek feedback? Ask for it! Fiona Hurtado, teaching and learning coach in South Africa, shares the benefits of simply asking teachers for their honest feedback and how she's used these suggestions and insights to shape her coaching strategies moving forward.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, First Year Coaching Tips, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Feedback Forms

3 Reasons Why End-of-Year Coaching Cycles Are the Best

Just because the school year is winding down doesn't mean learning has to as well. Tonya Moody, instructional coach in Westfield Washington School District in central Indiana, believes end-of-year coaching cycles are the perfect time to encourage risk-taking and promote a culture of learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Collaboration, Coaching Cycles, Risk-Taking, End of Year