Encourage Teacher Learning with Badges!

Teresa Engler, instructional technology coach in McGuffey School District, promotes teacher badges as a fun way to encourage collaboration, build relationships, and support ongoing learning with teachers in her organization.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Gamification, Making Coaching Fun, Fun, Teacher Empowerment, Teacher Badges

A Day in the Life of a Student Learning Coach

Ever wonder what a typical day looks like for an instructional coach? Well look no further! Julie Nelson, student learning coach at Westgate Elementary School near Chicago, Illinois, walks through a day's work in her ever-changing role and the many hats she wears. 🎩

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Learning, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Coaching Roles, Co-Planning, Student-Focused, Distance Learning

A Long Look at Look-Fors

Caleb Allen, instructional coach in Ohio, reflects on what it took to create a look-fors framework built on a shared vision of what high-quality instruction looks like within his organization—plus how he uses it with teachers to provide timely feedback.

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Guest Blogger, Teacher Observation, Efficiency, School-Wide Goals, Look Fors, Frameworks

Shift from Reactive to Proactive Coaching with Coaching Launchpads

Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, shares how coaching launchpads can help shift your focus from reactive to proactive coaching.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Crisis Skills, Remote Coaching, Proactive Coaching

Create Highly Engaging Coaching Newsletters

Traci Piltz, technology integration specialist in Montana, walks through her steps for crafting beautiful weekly newsletters for her teachers as a way to better communicate with them across buildings.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Newsletters, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Social Media, Communication

3 Ways to Strengthen Connections in Remote Environments

How do you build and strengthen connections with teachers in remote learning environments, you ask? Ashley Taplin, math specialist in Texas, explains how she shares strategies, highlights best practices, and listens intentionally while working from both in-person and from afar.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Newsletters, Relationships, Building Relationships, Co-Teaching, Collaboration, Email, Listening Skills, Self-reflection, Virtual Coaching, Remote Coaching, Stress and Anxiety

Coaching with Google Jamboard

Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, showcases three ways to use collaborative whiteboard tool, Google Jamboard, to support virtual coaching.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Virtual Coaching, Communication, Making Coaching Fun, Fun

Your School Librarian: An Unexpected Coaching Partner

What's the key to success in our buildings? Collaboration! Keitha Hernandez, middle school librarian in Lockhart ISD in Texas, believes that magic happens when ICs work with staff outside of their normal circle and shares some of the extraordinary work that she and two ICs have done together through their collaborative partnership. 🙏

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Collaboration, Partnership, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Coaching PD, Co-Presenting, School Librarian

How to Help Teachers Manage Their Stress and Anxiety

Being an educator can be incredibly stressful at times and the shift to remote work has only amplified this. Luckily, Shelby Denman and Kaila Albright generously provided a few ways to identify teacher stressors as well as some different techniques for coping with them. 💆‍♀️

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, Overwhelmed, Teacher Retention, Remote Work, Self-care, Stress and Anxiety

Crafting Your Coaching Approach

Katie Biggs and Hanna Schramm, who support and develop the instructional coaching program for Comal ISD in Texas, explore three ways to hone your craft by building relationships, diversifying your toolkit, and empowering educators.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Student-Centered Coaching, Partnership, Trust, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Communication, Growth Plans