Connecting the Dots: Building Digital Pathways to Meaningful Relationships

If you're looking for new and creative ways to build relationships with your staff this year, look no further! Margaret Harris-Shoates, district edtech coordinator, and Kimberly Eure, instructional technology coach, both in Virginia, provide four techniques to create meaningful connections with teachers in both remote and in-person settings.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Newsletters, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Models, Virtual Coaching, Distance Learning, Remote Work, Remote Coaching, Online Tools, Protocols

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 39: October 1st, 2021

We wrapped up September and the first whole week of fall by learning why mini-PD through video is both fun and effective, how to embody a coaching mindset, a six-step guide to plan and prep for coaching cycles, and more! 🍁

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Trust, Listening Skills, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Social Media, Organization Tips, Self-awareness, Teacher Empowerment, Proactive Coaching, Youtube, Online Tools

August 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We went through August's Weekly Coaching Roundups and bundled up the top articles for your back-to-school pack. 🎒 Learn why coaching brochures are an incredible way to showcase all you do as an IC, how to use affirmation stations to spread love and appreciation to your staff, the importance of relationships and reflection for coaching growth, and more. Enjoy, and we wish you a safe and prosperous 2021-22 school year. 😀

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Growth Mindset, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Coaching Meetings, Self-reflection, Reflection, New School Year Preparation, Co-Planning, Coaching Surveys, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Online Tools, Brochure, Affirmation Stations

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 34: August 27th, 2021

This week we learned how to build a culture of appreciation with affirmation stations, why relationships and reflection are essential to coaching growth, five traits of positively energizing ICs and leaders, and more! 😀

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, Self-reflection, Reflection, Comfort Zone, Introductions, Communication, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation, Remote Coaching, Google, Online Tools, 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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 31: August 6th, 2021

We started the last full summer month by learning how to use a coaching brochure to clarify your role as an IC, two ways to seek feedback from teachers for upcoming PD sessions, why even leaders need a coach, and more. 🍉

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Topics: Feedback, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Culture of Coaching, Mission and Vision, Leadership Development, Coaching Methodologies, Professional Growth, Design Thinking, Feedback Forms, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Google Jamboard, Online Tools

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 26: July 2nd, 2021

We wrapped up June and kickstarted July by learning how to use the Jigsaw Method to increase collaboration during adult learning sessions, three steps for building our PLNs, words to avoid as an IC, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Conversations, Trust, Mentors, Coaching Conversations, First Year Coaching Tips, Professional Growth, Social Media, Learning Walks, End of Year, Compassion, Online Tools, Twitter Chats, Jigsaw Method

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 25: June 25th, 2021

This week we learned how relationships built during remote work could transition to face-to-face settings, steps to create a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics, a three-step guide for planning professional summer learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, PLCs, Collaboration, Goal Setting, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Hat, In-the-Moment Coaching, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused, Crisis Skills, Summer, Online Tools, Play Cards

Coaching During a Pandemic: Virtual & In-Person Coaching Tips for First Years

Being a first year IC can be daunting, especially when starting your journey remotely. Sarah Bahn, Teaching and Learning Coach in Bolingbrook, IL, reflects on how she built relationships with teachers from a distance and how they laid the groundwork for supporting them face-to-face.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, First Year as a Coach, Building Relationships, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Crisis Skills, Remote Coaching, Online Tools