How We Talk About Teachers Matters

Amy Ellerman, instructional coach in Colorado, explores how an asset-based mindset can help you recognize the value and uniqueness of everyone you work with.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Methodologies, Reflection, Vulnerability, Coaching Plan, Asset-based Mindset

The Traveling Coach: Coaching Across Multiple Schools

Bridget McDonald, an elementary special education instructional coach in Illinois, shares three key principles to help a coach maximize their impact across multiple buildings.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Principal and Coach, Coaching Cycles, Organization Tips, Traveling Coach

Best Practices for All 3 Steps in the Coaching Cycle

Annie Forest, coaching and math coordinator in Illinois, walks through the stages of a successful coaching cycle and shares how clear goals and continuous reflection help power them.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Co-Teaching, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Modeling, Reflection, Co-Planning

Peer Coaching Strategies for More Collaborative Partnerships

Ellen Eisenberg, executive director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching, introduces us to some peer coaching concepts and explains how it can support new approaches to school-wide improvement.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Growth Mindset, Coaching Conversations, Professional Growth, Peer Coaching

Prep Like the Best: A Coach’s Guide for School Year Preparations

As a coach, how do you prep for a successful year? Robyn Hartzell, K-12 educational consultant, provides some of her techniques that not only help organize a coach's work but promote effective communication throughout the coaching process as well.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Email, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Communication, Coaching Plan, Administrator summary

5 Things Coaches and Principals Can Do Right Now for a Better Partnership

Just in time for the new school year! Here are 5 things you can do as a principal or coach as the new school year kicks off to start building a stronger partnership.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach

5 Student-Focused Tips to Prepare for the School Year

Laural Matthews, teacher and former instructional coach in Canada, reflects on her transition back to the classroom and the tools she uses to prepare for a year of teaching.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Instructional Coaching, Collaboration, New School Year Preparation, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student Learner Profiles, Organization Tips, Student-Focused

Finding Your Tribe: Creating Your Own PLC

Kara McFarlin, instructional technology coach in Illinois, shares the impact that coaching communities have had for her and where you can begin to build your own.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, twitter, Your Coaching Toolbox, PLCs, Collaboration, Social Media, Coaching Tribes

10 Types of Coaching Strategies

Nicole Turner, instructional coach in Indiana, shares 10 coaching strategies she's found valuable over her career and some practice tips for each one.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Co-Teaching, Video Coaching, Modeling, Peer Observations, Co-Planning, Real-time Coaching, Data-Driven Strategies

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