Use Play Cards to Elevate Coaching and Teaching

Have you ever been compared to an athletic coach? Ashley Taplin believes there are some similarities between athletic coaches and ICs, and has even taken a play from their "playbook" by creating a cheat sheet of in-the-moment coaching and teaching tactics.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Methodologies, In-the-Moment Coaching, Play Cards

Create a Personalized PD Plan with This Four-Step Guide

ICs spend their days supporting the growth of educators, but who does the same for them? Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate in the literacy department at the University at Albany in New York, believes that coaches can guide their own learning through her four-step processes built on self-reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Goal Setting, Mentors, Self-reflection, Reflection, Checklists, Coaching Surveys, Youtube

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 21: May 28th, 2021

We wrapped up the last full week of May by learning three tips for balancing your dual role as teacher and coach, a district's practiced techniques for supporting SEL, four out-of-the-ordinary PD designs, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, PD, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Coaching Conversations, Social-Emotional, Coaching Hat, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Making Coaching Fun, Self-care, Frameworks

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 18: May 7th, 2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 👩‍🏫 We started off May by learning how to use Jamboard to promote positive reflection, a few ways ICs can address their emotions when working with teachers, how to celebrate successes through virtual or physical documentation panels, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Relationships, Collaboration, Social-Emotional, Self-awareness, Making Coaching Fun, Coaching Traits, Fun, Google Jamboard, Online Tools

April 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

April brought beautiful spring weather and a fresh batch of articles from our Weekly Coaching Roundups that we handpicked just for you! 💐 Read on to learn two reflection questions that have impacted one IC, the advantage of using achievement teams to move the needle forward for disciplined collaboration, a few tips for giving quality feedback on lesson plans, a six-step approach for sorting through data, and more. Enjoy! 😁

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Topics: Feedback, PD, Must Reads, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Learning Walks, Data, Coaching Surveys, Data-Driven Strategies, Fun, Lesson Plans, Achievement Teams

A Day in the Life of an Instructional Technology Coach

Teresa Engler, instructional technology coach in McGuffey School District, walks through a day’s responsibilities and her role in ensuring every teacher has opportunities to learn professionally, no matter where they are at in their career.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Meetings, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Cycles, Reflection, Social Media, Coaching Roles, Coaching Surveys, Virtual Coaching, Google

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 15: April 16, 2021

This week we learned why one IC believes Zoom PD may be a preferred method moving forward, four techniques for creating differentiated PD sessions, the importance of honoring teachers as agents of change, and more. Enjoy! 😀

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Topics: PD, Coaching Roundup, Teacher Leadership, Culture of Coaching, Difficult Conversations, Communication, Student-Focused, Teacher Empowerment, GIR Model, Conflict Management

Is Zoom PD the Future of Professional Learning?

Veronica Kernler, Teacher Mentor Specialist in School District U-46 in Illinois, shares her experience making the shift to virtual PD and why she believes it may be a preferred method moving forward. 👋 💻

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Meetings, PLCs, Adult Learning, Remote Work, Online Tools, Zoom

Turn Your Classroom Into a PD Laboratory!

Jennifer Conley, instructional coach in Indiana, offers a fresh approach to PD, inviting us to turn the classroom into a lab where teachers can observe, experiment, and practice new strategies in a low-stakes environment. 👩‍🏫

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Coaching Invitations, In-the-Moment Coaching, Real-time Coaching, Making Coaching Fun, Proactive Coaching, Lab Sites

Weekly Coaching Roundup: On the Fly Professional Learning

Are you looking for fun alternatives to sit-and-get PD? Well, look no further! We've packaged up a healthy serving of out-of-the-ordinary tactics for providing professional learning on the fly in this month's topic roundup.

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, PD, Coaching Roundup, Email, Video, Making Coaching Fun, PD Boxes, Youtube, Copier PD, Roundup Topics