Developing Healthy Teachers with Non-Invasive Coaching

Cassandra Williams, owner of Educational Innovation 360°, reflects on how her coaching practice has changed since the start of the pandemic, allowing for greater flexibility and support for educators’ mental health.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Debrief, Coaching Methodologies, Overwhelmed, Stress and Anxiety, Growth-centered Coaching

Prioritize Your Own Professional Learning with Peer Coaching

When we stop growing professionally, we do a disservice to not ourselves but to others. Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, shares three ways to level up your coaching skillset by seeking feedback from your peers—both in-person and online. 💻

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Practical Advice, PLCs, Video Coaching, Modeling, Self-reflection, Peer Coaching

Facilitate Teacher-Centered PD with EdCamps

How do you empower your teachers while giving them a voice and choice in their professional learning, you ask? EdCamps! Jenny Steller, instructional coach in Ohio, overviews the EdCamp model for PD and the steps you can take to help your teachers organize their next professional learning session.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, PLCs, Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Edcamps, Teacher Empowerment

Coaching Up the Ladder

Everyone deserves a coach, right? Yes! Caleb Allen highlights what a coaching cycle between ICs and their leadership teams looks like and a framework you can use to conduct your next one.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Principal and Coach, Goal Setting, Mission and Vision, Coaching Cycles, Leadership Development, Evidence, Collective Efficacy, Protocols, Upward Feedback

Five Practical Ways to Support New Coaches

A coach's impact relies heavily on their support both in and out of their organization. Shelby Denman, Coordinator for Professional Learning a Forney ISD, offers some advice for instructional leaders on how they can support, develop, and retain ICs.

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, PLCs, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching PD, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Roles

Coaching Teacher Clarity Through Backward Planning

Paige Bergin, instructional coach in Oklahoma, walks through a three-step process for helping teachers design lesson plans that articulate learning intentions, relevance, and success criteria for staff and students.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, Teacher Development, Coaching Cycles, Co-Planning, Student-Focused, Lesson Plans, Backwards Planning

Can School Administrators Also Be Coaches?

Mia Pumo, author and co-founder of Constructive Learning Design, believes leaders can juggle the role of evaluator, coach, and manager through active listening and general curiosity.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Questioning Techniques, Listening Skills, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Hat, In-the-Moment Coaching

Three Mantras for a Solid Coaching Foundation

What's something that focuses your work daily? Teresa Engler, instructional technology coach in McGuffey School District, shares three guiding principles that strengthen relationships with teachers and coaching programs.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Goal Setting, Trust, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Meetings, Coaching Notes, Evidence, Mantras

Cupcakes and Coffee with the Coach

Who can resist a sugary treat or a hot cup of joe? ☕ Julie Nelson, Student Learning Coach in Illinois, offers a sweet and energizing way to strengthen your relationships with teachers.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Invitations, Making Coaching Fun

Improve Your Practice with a Self-Reflection Checklist

Jennifer Ivory, instructional coach in the Middle East, reflects on how she developed a questioning and listening checklist to support her coaching conversations after realizing she wasn't consistently hitting the mark.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, First Year as a Coach, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Listening Skills, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Reflection, Checklists

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