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

How One Iowa District Put SEL on Center Stage

Tina Halverson, PK-12 instructional coach in Iowa, highlights a few of her district's  techniques with social and emotional learning to help meet the needs of all of their students while keeping their emotions front and center.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Self-reflection, Reflection, Social-Emotional, School-Wide Goals, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Frameworks, Sensory Rooms, Success Teams

3 Tips to Balance Your Roles as Teacher and Coach

Lauren Smith, instructional coach in Indiana, reflects on three themes that have sustained her this year in her new dual role as both teacher and coach, and how they'll guide her work in the future.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Reflection, Coaching Hat, Responsive Coaching, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Student-Focused, Teacher Appreciation, Self-care

4-Step Process for Collecting Feedback on Your Coaching

Are you looking for ways to collect feedback on your work but struggling to find a technique that works for you? Jessica Kazigian, educational specialist and instructional coach in Connecticut, walks us through her 4-step cycle for collecting and analyzing feedback to help grow your practice.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Video, First Year Coaching Tips, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Reflection, Goals, Data, Feedback Forms

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 17: April 30, 2021

We wrapped up the last week of April by learning about the 5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry, a day in the life of an instructional technology coach, why principals can benefit from coaching, and more! 😀

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Principal and Coach, Growth Mindset, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Self-reflection, Reflection, Coaching Roles, School-Wide Goals, Appreciative Inquiry

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: Gathering Teacher Feedback

Instructional coaches value input from teachers on their practice, and there are plenty of ways to put them at the forefront of their learning. Read on for some practiced ways you can gather feedback from your teachers! 👍

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Feedback, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Cycles, Personalized Coaching, Reflection, Feedback Forms, Coaching Surveys, Coaching Menus, Coaching Choice Boards, Teacher Empowerment, Roundup Topics

Achievement Teams: Functional Teacher Collaboration Is Solved!

Steve Ventura, president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions, speaks to the advantage of using achievement teams to move the needle for disciplined collaboration among teachers and leaders.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Cycles, Relationships, PLCs, Collaboration, Leadership Development, Reflection, School-Wide Goals, Data-Driven Strategies, Student-Focused, Frameworks, Achievement Teams

Weekly Coaching Roundup: Transitioning Back to the Classroom Post-COVID

The sudden shift to remote learning was a difficult transition for many educators. Similarly, the change back to in-person learning brings its challenges, too. Read on to learn how some of your peers successfully transitioned back to the classroom and a few traits they brought with them. 👩‍🏫

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Topics: Coaching Roundup, Teacher Leadership, Blended Learning, Classroom Technology, Teacher Tricks, Reflection, Time Management, Transparency, Student-Focused, Distance Learning, Crisis Skills, Remote Work, Teacher Empowerment, Roundup Topics