Coaching Teachers to Create Meaningful Assessments

Crystal Ceresani, elementary/middle school instructional coach in Georgia, covers her step-by-step process to help teachers create and rate timeless assessments. 📝

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Teacher Support, Data-Driven Strategies, Assessments

4 Ways to Do More than Just Tech Support as a Coach

Ever feel like your role with teachers involves only being asked to put out fires? Delrose Adkinson, instructional technology coach in Newport News, Virginia, shares four steps that will help you set boundaries and establish your coaching identity with your staff.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Trust, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Empathy, Coaching Roles, Instructional Technology, Tech Support

Encourage Communication with the D.A.S.H Model

When teachers feel like you're on their team, they're more willing to partner with you. Michael Sonbert promotes the "D.A.S.H." coaching framework for coaches to relieve teacher anxiety and drive genuine, data-driven conversations with those they support.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Conversations, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Vulnerability, In-the-Moment Coaching, Data, Communication, Frameworks, Proactive Coaching, Appreciative Inquiry, D.A.S.H Model

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 39: October 1st, 2021

We wrapped up September and the first whole week of fall by learning why mini-PD through video is both fun and effective, how to embody a coaching mindset, a six-step guide to plan and prep for coaching cycles, and more! 🍁

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Topics: Personalized Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, PLCs, Trust, Listening Skills, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Methodologies, Empathy, Video Coaching, Self-reflection, Social Media, Organization Tips, Self-awareness, Teacher Empowerment, Proactive Coaching, Youtube, Online Tools

August 2021 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

We went through August's Weekly Coaching Roundups and bundled up the top articles for your back-to-school pack. 🎒 Learn why coaching brochures are an incredible way to showcase all you do as an IC, how to use affirmation stations to spread love and appreciation to your staff, the importance of relationships and reflection for coaching growth, and more. Enjoy, and we wish you a safe and prosperous 2021-22 school year. 😀

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Topics: PD, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Coaching Reluctance, Growth Mindset, Culture of Coaching, First Year Coaching Tips, Teacher Support, Coaching Meetings, Self-reflection, Reflection, New School Year Preparation, Co-Planning, Coaching Surveys, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Online Tools, Brochure, Affirmation Stations

Weekly Coaching Roundup, Week 34: August 27th, 2021

This week we learned how to build a culture of appreciation with affirmation stations, why relationships and reflection are essential to coaching growth, five traits of positively energizing ICs and leaders, and more! 😀

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Topics: Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, PLCs, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, Self-reflection, Reflection, Comfort Zone, Introductions, Communication, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation, Remote Coaching, Google, Online Tools, Affirmation Stations

Transitioning Out of Emergency Coaching and Teaching

As we venture back to in-person teaching and learning, we must decide what tactics worked in the past and what we should leave there. Ellen Eisenberg, executive director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching, highlights what she believes we should strengthen, keep, and dismiss for the return to school and the role of the IC during the process. 🏫

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Relationships, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Student Growth, Classroom Technology, Teacher Support, Coaching Methodologies, Student-Focused, Peer Coaching, Crisis Skills, Online Tools

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

Coaching is Served: 3 Easy Steps to Create a Coaching Menu

Kayleigh Wright, technology coach in Oregon, teaches us how to whip up a coaching menu to help explain your coaching role to teachers and share all of the different ways you can help support them. Bon appétit! 👩‍🍳

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Teacher Support, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun, Fun

Build Trust and Improve Team Collaboration with Appreciative Inquiry

Mia Pumo, author and co-founder of Constructive Learning Design, explores the 5-D cycle of Appreciative Inquiry and shows how you can use it with your team to lay a solid foundation of communication and collaboration.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Cycles, Collaboration, Trust, Teacher Support, Mission and Vision, School-Wide Goals, Growth Plans, Appreciative Inquiry