Building a Culture of Collaboration Through Coaching, Part 1: Knowledge and Skills

In part 1 of this 2-part series, Cailin Minor, literacy coach at Shanghai American School in China, explains why a culture of collaboration is important for achieving school-wide goals and how it's necessary to first establish the knowledge and skills of collaboration.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Coaching PD, Co-Planning, School-Wide Goals

Seeking Feedback as a Coach

What's the best way to seek feedback? Ask for it! Fiona Hurtado, teaching and learning coach in South Africa, shares the benefits of simply asking teachers for their honest feedback and how she's used these suggestions and insights to shape her coaching strategies moving forward.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, First Year Coaching Tips, Coach-Teacher Transitions, Feedback Forms

5 Strategies for Coaching in Response-to-Intervention Programs

What does it take to support both students and educators in response-to-intervention programs? Learn some techniques from Kristen Craig, K–8 reading specialist and ELA curriculum coordinator in Pennsylvania, on how to stay vulnerable, present, and engaged with everyone she works with.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Listening Skills, Mission and Vision, Modeling, Networking, Time Management

Weekly Coaching Roundup: March 25th, 2019

This week we learned what it takes to be a special education coach, how to build a teacher's reflective skills, ways to combat coaching reluctance, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Reluctance, Coaching Methodologies, Special Education

Weekly Coaching Roundup: March 18th, 2019

This week we learned about the importance of confidentiality in coaching, types of coaching models and why it's important to choose the right one, ways to encourage influential teachers share their skills, and more!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Coaching Relationships, Teacher Leadership, Partnership, Growth Mindset, Culture of Coaching, Mentors, Coaching Models, Confidentiality

February 2019 Instructional Coaching Must-Reads

February was a great month: the groundhog didn't find his shadow and our weekly coaching roundups compiled some incredible articles. Learn about social-emotional coaching, tips for working with a cranky teacher, how chocolate can help your coaching efforts, applying adult learning theory to coaching, and more. Enjoy!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, TeachBoost, Must Reads, Instructional Coaching, Roundup, Building Relationships, Adult Learning, Classroom Technology, Social-Emotional

The Coaching Approach to Adult Learning

Jennifer Lane, master teacher at Hubbard Middle School in Tyler, Texas, applies the adult learning theory to coaching and explains how it can be used to engage reluctant educators in continued professional learning.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Adult Learning

The Secret Ingredient to Better Coaching Conversations: Chocolate!

Hershey’s Kisses, Ghirardelli squares, Snickers!? Learn how chocolate can help lay the groundwork for successful coaching relationships as Rachel Andress, instructional coach in North Carolina, shares how she wins both the partnerships and stomachs of her teachers.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships

Weekly Coaching Roundup: The Art of Building Relationships

February's Coaching Roundup is on the art of building relationships! If you'd like to stay up-to-date on the latest coaching news, be sure to subscribe below to receive our hand-picked list of instructional coaching resources delivered weekly to your inbox!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Instructional Coaching, Coaching Roundup, Building Relationships, Partnership Agreements

Shortening the Feedback Loop

Pasha Goodman, professional learning specialist at Fort Bend ISD in Texas, highlights the benefits of creating a coaching foundation built on in-the-moment, resentment-free feedback.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Partnership Agreements, In-the-Moment Coaching