Welcome to our weekly newsletter! We are grateful to be able to share this space with you once again. Our team at ICG hopes you are doing well!
Thank you for the coaching stories you share with us on a weekly basis. It brings us joy to hear from you and the impact you are making each day in your schools. Most importantly, when you share with us, it is an opportunity for us to learn - so thank you!
Today's newsletter features our latest Coaching Conversations podcast episode with our guest, Rowena Shurn. The conversation delves into the use of deficit models in education and the importance of shifting towards more culturally responsive classrooms.
Communication is one of the Seven Success Factors of instructional coaching. There are two facets to communication: listening and questioning. This week we dive deeper into exploring real questions and deeper questions in our latest blog post.
In last week's newsletter, we wrote about the principle of equality and it's importance to school improvement. One way to foster equality in our conversations is by asking better questions. When we see others as equals, we usually give them at least equal time at the center of our conversation, and that requires asking questions that allow our conversation partners to say what they wish. In our free resources section, we provide you with a few tools that will help you ask better questions.
In our asynchronous learning section we include a video where Jim shares the importance of better conversations, not just in schools, but in all learning environments, as well as in personal relationships.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend and, to the moms that share this space with us, Happy Mother's Day!