Cupcakes and Coffee with the Coach

Who can resist a sugary treat or a hot cup of joe? ☕ Julie Nelson, Student Learning Coach in Illinois, offers a sweet and energizing way to strengthen your relationships with teachers.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Coaching Conversations, Coaching Invitations, Making Coaching Fun

Celebrate Your Profession with a Digital Coaching Card

When it comes to digital ways to collaborate with peers, we often look to our frequent blogger and friend, Stephanie Affinito. Learn how you create and use digital coaching cards to boost connections and celebrate your experience as an IC.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Google, Online Tools, Personality, Digital Coaching Cards

Advertise Yourself with a Coaching One-Pager

If a peer stopped you in in the hall and asked you what your role, professional goals, and how you partner with teachers, could you answer quickly? For many, the answer is no. Luckily, Rachael Moola, literacy coach in Pennsylvania, has found a creative solution to this situation by having a flyer on hand!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Practical Advice, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Making Coaching Fun

Sunshine Carts for Teachers

We hope you've had breakfast because this post will leave you hungry! Kayleigh Wright, technology coach in Oregon, delivers a tasteful way to build relationships with teachers and students in your building—with the help of treats! 🍪

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Making Coaching Fun, Teacher Appreciation, Student Engagement, Sunshine Carts

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 2: Teacher and Coach

Once you've established your role with the principal and created your partnership agreement, it's time to create one with the teachers you support. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, is back with part two of her partnership agreements to teach you how to do just that. 👍

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Meetings, Confidentiality, Transparency, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Teacher Looping, Teacher Empowerment

Coaching Partnership Agreements, Part 1: Principal and Coach

Partnership agreements are incredibly helpful for coaches and their peers to outline core responsibilities and create transparency around their coaching role. Lindsay Deacon, a school improvement coach in Portland, Oregon, walks through the steps for first creating a partnership agreement with your principal in part one of her series.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Practical Advice, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Transparency, Introductions

Increase Peer Observation with Pineapple Charts

Jennifer Conley, instructional coach in Indiana, encourages the use of "pineapple charts" to help teachers show hospitality in their classrooms and inspire a school-wide culture of collaborative professional development. 🍍

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Personalized Professional Development, PD, Your Coaching Toolbox, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching, Modeling, Coaching Invitations, Teacher Empowerment, Pineapple Charts

Build a Culture of Appreciation with Affirmation Stations

Brandy Alexander shares how you can use "affirmation stations" to thoughtfully and creatively spread love and appreciation to all of your staff members this year. 💌

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Edcamps, Affirmation, Teacher Appreciation, Affirmation Stations

Use a Coaching Brochure to Showcase All You Do as a Coach

Brochures are a fantastic way to showcase how your partnership with teachers can help them grow. Casey Watts, IC in Texas, shares some of her must-have sections to include in your own brochure, as well as some tips for distributing them to teachers.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Culture of Coaching, Coaching Meetings, New School Year Preparation, Introductions, Coaching Menus, Brochure

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

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