Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 1: Principal and Coach

Partnership agreements are incredibly helpful for coaches and their peers to outline core responsibilities and create transparency around their coaching role. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, walks through the steps for first creating a partnership agreement with your principal in part one of her series.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Transparency, Introductions

A Coach's Keys to Growth: Reflections and Relationships

Rachel Mane, secondary math specialist in Texas, highlights what she believes to be the two most significant factors to her coaching growth and journey: relationships and reflection.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Questioning Techniques, First Year Coaching Tips, Self-reflection, Reflection

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

July 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

The torch has been lit at Tokyo 2020! With a field of 8 bloggers competing for the top articles from July's WCRs, who should take home the gold? 🏅 We'll let you decide.

Learn how to foster cooperative adult learning with the Jigsaw Method, three easy steps to create a coaching menu, three ways to use collective efficacy for better coaching cycles, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Practical Advice, PLCs, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Conversations, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Cycles, In-the-Moment Coaching, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Empowerment, Collective Efficacy

The 4 Speeds of Teacher Buy-In

Not everyone is a go-getter when it comes to trying something outside their comfort zone, and teachers are no exception. Becca Silver, founder of The Whole Educator, highlights a few overarching characteristic types of teachers when approaching change and how to handle each as an IC. 🏃

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Practical Advice, Coaching Reluctance, Conversations, Growth Mindset, Teacher Support, Teacher Development, Self-reflection, Co-Planning, Affirmation

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

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Having a growth mindset, versus a fixed mindset, is a quality everyone should practice and possess. 👍 Read on to learn a few tips and techniques for leading with and promoting a growth mindset in this month's topic roundup.

Don't forget to subscribe to the Weekly Coaching Roundup if you haven't already! 😉

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Growth Mindset, Goal Setting, Coaching Methodologies, Professional Growth, Student Outcomes, Teacher Appreciation, Roundup Topics

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 22: June 4th, 2021

Welcome back! We started June by learning 11 apps to promote home-to-school connections, a few remote coaching and teaching strategies that your peers plan to continue using when they return to in-person learning, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Growth Mindset, Classroom Technology, Empathy, Video Coaching, Professional Growth, Coaching Support, Virtual Coaching, Student-Focused, Remote Coaching, Summer, Teacher Empowerment, Online Tools, Home-to-School Connections

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: Starting Your Coaching Journey

Being handed the reins to coaching can be both exhilarating and frightening. Luckily, many folks have made the transition already and have pointers to share with you! Read on to learn how you can successfully start your coaching journey.

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, Goal Setting, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Support, Loneliness, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Coaching Needs, Roundup Topics

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