Finding Your Tribe: Creating Your Own PLC

Kara McFarlin, instructional technology coach in Illinois, shares the impact that coaching communities have had for her and where you can begin to build your own.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, twitter, Your Coaching Toolbox, PLCs, Collaboration, Social Media, Coaching Tribes

10 Types of Coaching Strategies

Nicole Turner, instructional coach in Indiana, shares 10 coaching strategies she's found valuable over her career and some practice tips for each one.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Co-Teaching, Video Coaching, Modeling, Peer Observations, Co-Planning, Real-time Coaching, Data-Driven Strategies

The Telescope, Microscope, and Wide-Angle Lens Protocol for Planning

Lindsay Deacon, instructional coach in Portland, Oregon, shares her three-perspective approach to plan and execute projects with a team.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Collaboration, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching Models, Co-Planning

How to Introduce Yourself as a Coach

Joseph Kanke, statewide coaching coordinator in Wisconsin, shares a few ways ICs can introduce themselves to peers in order to build long-lasting partnerships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Building Relationships, First Year Coaching Tips, Introductions

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Summer PD

Brandy Alexander, elementary instructional specialist in the Houston, TX area, highlights five best practices to make the most out of PD sessions.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, First Year Coaching Tips, Coaching PD, Networking, Coaching Notes

Surveys for Better Coaching Cycles (with Examples!)

Amy Rudd, instructional coach in Akron, Ohio, uses teacher surveys to help identify goals and discover trends to help create more successful coaching cycles.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Relationships, Coaching Cycles, Coaching Surveys

Building a Culture of Collaboration Through Coaching, Part 2: Beliefs and Actions

Cailin Minor is back with part 2 in her series on building a culture of collaboration at your school or district. Last week you established the skills, now learn how to inspire your teachers and some steps you can take to start building that culture!

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

Leadership From the Bottom Up

Alison Giska, literacy coach at Worcester County Public Schools in Maryland, reflects on the importance of building a collaborative partnership with your building principal to ensure coaching success.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Collaboration, Partnership, Principal and Coach, Comfort Zone

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