Why Confidentiality Is Important in Coaching

How is the work of an evaluator and a coach different? Confidentiality! Ellen Eisenberg, executive director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching (TPIIC), explains the value of privacy and trust in a coaching partnerships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Coaching Relationships, Partnership, Confidentiality, Transparency

From Novice to Expert: The Gradual Increase of Responsibility Model

Vicki Collet, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, breaks down a user-friendly, differentiated approach to coaching called Gradual Increase of Responsibility. Read more as she walks through the process and offers some new tools you might be able to incorporate into your practice.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Questioning Techniques, Teacher Support, Coaching Models, Modeling

Leveraging Your Teacher Leaders as Peer Mentors

Teacher leaders can help your coaching efforts in tons of different ways. Ramona Towner, elementary instructional coach in Illinois, relays her process for encouraging influential teachers to share their work and skills with peers.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Collaboration, Teacher Leadership, Mentors, Vulnerability, Ego-Envy Effect

How Effective Feedback Supports a Whole Child Perspective

Students take ownership of their learning when they're given a voice and choice. Lauren Smith, instructional coach at Noblesville Schools in Indiana, highlights why it's important to tailor feedback to meet the social and emotional needs of each student.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Feedback, Your Coaching Toolbox, Student-Centered Coaching, Coaching Conversations, Student Outcomes, Whole Child

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

Social-Emotional Coaching: Supporting the Stages of Change

Lindsey Frank, the district-wide climate and social-emotional learning coach for Community Consolidated School District 59 in Illinois, shares strategies for understanding and supporting the social and emotional needs of adults—both in partnerships and coaching cycles—in order to impact student learning.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox, Cycles, Building Relationships

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

Successes Through Coach and Principal Collaboration

Grace Worrell and Melissa Llano, instructional coach and principal at Franklin Park School District in Illinois, reflect on their collaborative partnership together built on trust and respect.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Coaching, Your Coaching Toolbox, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Partnership Agreements, Principal and Coach, Culture of Coaching

Coaching Partnerships: The Long and Short of Them

Danielle Head and Lesley Burdine, technology integration coaches from the Clarksville Montgomery County School System in Tennessee, explain the importance of collaboration and reflection between a teacher and coach and how relationships can thrive through both short- and long-term partnerships.

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Topics: Guest Blogger, Your Coaching Toolbox, Cycles, Coaching Relationships, Building Relationships, Collaboration, Partnership, Short-Term Partnerships, Long-Term Partnerships

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