PD Boxes: Personalized Learning to Go

Angela Mckee, instructional coach from North Carolina, shares how to use PD boxes to provide personalized professional development alongside coaching cycle support, and the steps for getting started with your own. 📦

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Cycles, PD Boxes

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 26: June 26, 2020

This week we learned how coaches can build a comfortable coaching space for all, a few tips for teachers to help prep for the fall semester, how one organization rolled out edtech and video tools to support educators and students with distance learning, the role of a coach in new curriculum rollouts, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: edtech, PD, Coaching Roundup, Classroom Technology, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Tricks, Coaching Roles, Bitmojis, Coaching Plan, Distance Learning, Curriculum

The Power of Affirmation

Jenna Moller, instructional coach in Illinois, shares why affirmation is important—both in our personal and professional lives—and how taking a moment to acknowledge others every day fosters strong coaching relationships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Relationships, Building Relationships, Empathy, Bitmojis, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation

Strategies for Shaking Up Your Professional Learning

Are you and your teachers tired of the same old "sit-and-get" professional learning initiatives? If you said "yes ✋," then it's time to shake things up by adding some fun to the mix. Amy Storer, instructional coach in Texas, shares a few different ways to include fun as part of your upcoming professional learning sessions.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, PLCs, Coaching PD, Professional Growth, Making Coaching Fun

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 7: February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's! Our lovely coaches this week share how they use treats (topped with puns!) to remind teachers of the ways they can support them, why reflection is integral to a coach's day, how education unconferences can help teachers drive their own PD, and more. Enjoy! 💕🍫

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Topics: Coaching, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, PLCs, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Networking, Edcamps, Self-awareness, Making Coaching Fun

3 Ways to Build a Culture of Collaboration

Lauren Smith, instructional coach in Noblesville Schools in Indiana, shares how collaboration built on ongoing relationships, learning, and feedback helps improve student and adult achievement within an organization.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, PLCs, Collaboration, Culture of Coaching, Social Media, Communication

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 48: November 29, 2019

This week we learned how a sense of purpose and self-worth can help improve teacher well-being, how video can support coaching cycles, why a growth mindset is valuable for all educators, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Growth Mindset, Teacher Support, Coaching PD, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Coaching Roles, Coaching Hat, Introductions, Self-awareness

November 2019 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

Must reads header - November 2019

We hope you still have room after your Thanksgiving meal—we're serving up a healthy dish of coaching articles! 🦃 Indulge in the best of November's weekly coaching roundups to learn some new routes you can run to promote collaboration during PD sessions 🏈, a recipe for building relationships that adds a dash of Bitmoji, the ingredients to kickstart your morning routine to boost your confidence before a day of coaching, and more!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, TeachBoost, PD, Must Reads, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Questioning Techniques, Coaching Cycles, Professional Growth, Checklists, Bitmojis

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 44: November 1, 2019

This week we covered the importance of trust and taking the time to develop teachers, how questions are at the core of coaching interactions, why it's important to encourage risk-taking among staff, activities that promote collaboration during PD sessions, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, PD, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Collaboration, Questioning Techniques, Trust, Coaching Cycles, Risk-Taking