The Traveling Coach: Coaching Across Multiple Schools

Bridget McDonald, an elementary special education instructional coach in Illinois, shares three key principles to help a coach maximize their impact across multiple buildings.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Principal and Coach, Coaching Cycles, Organization Tips, Traveling Coach

Best Practices for All 3 Steps in the Coaching Cycle

Annie Forest, coaching and math coordinator in Illinois, walks through the stages of a successful coaching cycle and shares how clear goals and continuous reflection help power them.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Co-Teaching, Goal Setting, Coaching Cycles, Modeling, Reflection, Co-Planning

Prep Like the Best: A Coach’s Guide for School Year Preparations

As a coach, how do you prep for a successful year? Robyn Hartzell, K-12 educational consultant, provides some of her techniques that not only help organize a coach's work but promote effective communication throughout the coaching process as well.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Email, Questioning Techniques, Goal Setting, Communication, Coaching Plan, Administrator summary

5 Things Coaches and Principals Can Do Right Now for a Better Partnership

Just in time for the new school year! Here are 5 things you can do as a principal or coach as the new school year kicks off to start building a stronger partnership.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox, Instructional Coaching, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach

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