December 2019 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

Happy Holidays from your friends at TeachBoost! 🎄🎁 We're wrapping up 2019 with the top articles from December's weekly coaching roundups. Learn how coaches can support teacher retention by helping them find a sense of purpose, how one coach used gamification to create an environment of risk-taking, key factors that are crucial to great instructional coaching, and more!

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, TeachBoost, Personalized Professional Development, Must Reads, Coaching Reluctance, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Self-reflection, Self-awareness, Gamification

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 50: December 13, 2019

This week we learned about a few key components that are necessary for effective instructional coaching, how one coach found a fun way to promote risk-taking through gamification, the flexibility of "un-conferences" as a way for teachers to collaborate professionally, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Personalized Professional Development, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Questioning Techniques, Coaching PD, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Gamification, Unconferences

Gamification to Support Professional Learning

How can you bring friendly competition to your organization that supports professional learning, you ask? Lindsay Zilly, Director of Professional Learning for Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, relays how she created an environment that promotes risk-taking through gamification as a fun alternative to standard professional development.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Teacher Development, Goals, Risk-Taking, Gamification

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Fun Ways to Engage Your Teachers!

Welcome back to TeachBoost's Coaching Roundup! This month we have some fun ways you can engage your teachers to help strengthen your relationships and try to improve teacher participation!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Personalized Learning, Adult Learning, Bitmojis, Coaching Menus

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

A District's Coaching Journey: From Implementation to Advancement

Are you looking to build a coaching program or implement video into your current mix? Steven Montemarano, coordinator of learning at Livonia Central School District, reflects on what it took to build a program from the ground up and how his district now uses video to complement ongoing efforts.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Culture of Coaching, Mission and Vision, Video Coaching, Professional Growth

Using Video to Advance Coaching

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Tonya Moody, Instructional Coach in Westfield Washington School District in Indiana, highlights her experiences of using video to advance professional learning, create meaningful reflections for growth, and model best practices for teachers.

For more posts from instructional coaches, for instructional coaches, please check out our recent posts from the TeachBoost series, "Your Coaching Toolbox," or read previous posts from the chapter, "First Year As a Coach."

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, First Year as a Coach, Coaching Conversations, Video Coaching, Modeling

November 2017 Instructional Leadership Must-Reads

With the Holiday season upon us, there is a lot to be thankful for—family, friends, even must-reads! Induldge in some refreshing articles on personalizing PD, principles for outstanding classroom management, having difficult coaching conversations, the hidden secret to success with instructional coaching, boosting teacher morale, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching, PD, Must Reads, Coaching Conversations, Classroom Management

Personalizing PD: Moving Beyond "Sit and Get"

Dr. Kristin Schulze, instructional coach from Greenville School District in South Carolina, shares six of her tips for personalizing professional development to more effectively develop teachers and gain buy-in beyond compliance.

For more experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches visit our original series, "Your Coaching Toolbox": resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Listening Skills

Mid-Year Reviews: Setting Tailored Goals and Actionable Next Steps

Last time we talked about the importance of mid-year reviews: how they can encourage strong end-of-year finishes and growth by identifying master teachers and future leaders.  Now you might be asking yourself, “what comes next?”

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Personalized Professional Development, Coaching, Conversations, Reporting, Mid-Year Reviews