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, Week 45: November 8, 2019

This week we learned how a positive mindset can improve our communication with teachers, some insights into coaching resistance, the how collaboration can promote a culture of learning, how one coach preps for coaching cycles, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Coaching, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Reluctance, Teacher Development, Coaching Cycles, Asset-based Mindset

Prioritize Growth And Development, Move Beyond Compliance

This post is part of TeachBoost's series, From Vision to Reality: Pulling the Right Levers for Transformational Instructional Leadership. Check out all the posts in our series, then subscribe to our blog to have posts delivered to your inbox as we publish new pieces.

Previously we discussed the importance of choosing a partner, not a vendor. Why? Because a partner doesn't just solve your immediate need; in fact, they work with you to achieve your long-term vision. For example, TeachBoost provides a partnership that allows organizations to streamline their current observation, feedback, and coaching processes by moving beyond compliance to enable growth and development around evidence.

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Observation, Feedback, From Vision to Reality, Calibration, Teacher Development, Peer Observations

Technology & Instructional Leadership: Summary and What's Ahead

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Topics: From Vision to Reality, PD, Building Relationships, Teacher Development

Tailored Professional Development Through Technology

This post is part of TeachBoost's series called "From Vision to Reality: Pulling the Right Levers for Transformational Instructional Leadership." Check out all the posts in our series, then subscribe to our blog to have posts delivered to your inbox as we publish new pieces.

Technology continues to be the focus of Chapter 3. Previously, we talked about using data to improve teacher performance, but what if we used data to personalize professional development?

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, edtech, From Vision to Reality, Building Relationships, Teacher Development

Active Listening: One Mouth, Two Ears

TeachBoost continues to learn—and share—experiences, skills, and tools from instructional coaches for our series, "Your Coaching Toolbox": resources, tips, and reflections for instructional coaches, by instructional coaches.

Instructional Coach, Dana Kramaroff, from Boyertown Area School District in Pennsylvania, shares a few of her frequently used open-ended questions during her coaching sessions to allow for the teacher to expand on their responses—leading to self-reflecting learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Listening Skills, Teacher Development

Facilitate Collaboration: Enable Anytime, Anywhere Learning

This post is part of TeachBoost's series called "From Vision to Reality: Pulling the Right Levers for Transformational Instructional Leadership." Check out all the posts in our series, then subscribe to our blog to have posts delivered to your inbox as we publish new pieces.

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, edtech, Educator Effectiveness, leadership, Feedback, From Vision to Reality, Teacher Development

3 Tips for Using Technology to Norm Feedback

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, edtech, Educator Effectiveness, leadership, Feedback, From Vision to Reality, Collaboration, Teacher Development

Using Technology to Streamline the Process

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Observation, Educator Effectiveness, leadership, From Vision to Reality, Teacher Development

Centralize the Work Around A Common Vision

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Topics: Instructional Leadership, Teacher Observation, Educator Effectiveness, leadership, From Vision to Reality, Teacher Development