Top 10 Most Popular
Blog Posts of 2020

What Teachers Have Found to Be Essential to Remote Teaching

We’ve been awfully curious about how educators have handled the stay-at-home orders; specifically, what teachers have been focusing on and noticing in their remote teaching. At this early stage of the work, we realize everyone is creating their own interpretation, but...

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Joellen Killion Teaches Us About the 10 Roles of a Coach

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, most of us are striving to learn new ways to do our jobs and maintain relationships. In times like these, it can be helpful to clearly define our roles so we can be sure we are still meeting the needs of all of...

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Refining the Impact Cycle: The First Coaching Conversation

"Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today." —African Proverb For coaching to succeed, it needs to get off on the right foot.  For that reason, we suggest that coaches have a short conversation with their collaborating teacher to ensure that both teacher...

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How to Reboot Your Coaching Approach

For any number of reasons, you may be thinking it is time to reboot the way you are coaching. Maybe you have made some miscalculations about how to approach people – you don't feel certain relationships are where they need to be, and you want to see if your approach...

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Seven Success Factors for Great Instructional Coaching

  Why are some instructional coaching programs more successful than others? Coaches and onsite professional developers often find themselves in high-stakes, critically important roles expected to lead school reform efforts with little or no professional...

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Great Questions for Instructional Coaches

For the past few years, I’ve been asking people for their metaphor for coaching, and I’ve heard a number of different suggestions, including a sherpa, sour dough yeast, and the gobstopper that Violet eats in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Two metaphors have been...

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Goal setting is an essential part of coaching. Coaches often partner with teachers to set SMART goals, which are variously understood to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable (or Actionable/Assignable), Realistic (Relevant) and Timely (or Time Bound). I believe teachers...

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