Tips for Checking-In with Teachers Remotely

The shift to distance learning was a quick and unexpected transition for many organizations. Kelly Batts, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Clinton City Schools in North Carolina, shares how promoting teacher feedback and communication among all organizational levels was their district's biggest win while shifting to distance learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, Blended Learning, Teacher Support, Feedback Forms, Distance Learning, Remote Work, Remote Coaching

Weekly Coaching Roundup: E-Learning Tips for Coaches and Teachers

Welcome back to TeachBoost's Coaching Roundup. We know many schools and districts around the country are working extremely hard to continue services for their students in new ways. We hope this list of best practices and tips for distance learning can help, along with reflections from your peers on their experiences so far.

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Coaching Roundup, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Networking, Loneliness, Overwhelmed, Virtual Coaching, Organization Tips, Distance Learning, E-Learning

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 10: March 6, 2020

This week we learned a few fun alternatives for professional learning to combat the traditional "sit-and-get" model, three tips on how to neutralize the effects of personal baggage ICs carry into coaching sessions, how coaches can deal with change, and more. Enjoy! 👍

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation, Personalized Professional Development, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Learning Walks, Making Coaching Fun

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