How is an instructional coach different from any other kind of coach? There are multiple approaches to coaching that can provide varying benefits, but they generally fall into two categories: Facilitative coaching Works from the assumption that the teacher already... Yesterday, I led the workshop, What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching, with a group of principals and coaches in a wonderful school district in Texas. On their evaluation forms, respondents were very clear that bringing coaches and principals together was... As a researcher, I’ve had the pleasure of studying coaching for more than two decades. That work has, over time, surfaced 7 factors that are essential for coaching programs to succeed. In today’s video, I offer a quick summary of those factors. If you’re interested,... One of the most important factors shaping a coach’s effectiveness is the support or lack of support provided by the coach’s principals. When principals support coaches, the coaches usually have a very significant impact on teaching and learning. When principals don’t... Our research has found that the most important variable in coaching is trust. When teachers trust their coach and their school system, they usually embrace the help that coaches provide. However, if they don’t trust the coach or system, they likely will not want to... Developing a healthy coaching relationship can take months or even years, in some cases, but a coaching relationship can be ruined in a few seconds. In this video, I explain that judgment and gossip are two practices that can be especially damaging.