The Instructional Coaching Group blog features articles and interviews of people who:


  • believe we should be ongoing learners
  • use technology to learn, teach, and lead
  • accept personal responsibility for their duties and actions
  • know that to teach without hope can be damaging, but to teach with hope can save the world
  • infuse people with their love of learning; most importantly, the children they teach

Blog Posts

Discussing Cultural Literacy Terms with NEA’s Rowena Shurn

During the weeks leading up to ICG’s 2020 Teaching Learning Coaching Conference, I had a chance to discuss instructional coaching through a Diversity, Equity, and Cultural Competency (DECC) lens with Rowena Shurn, the Senior Policy Analyst with the National Education...

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Article: Moving from Talk to Action in Professional Learning

Below is a summary of my article in the February 2021 issue of Educational Leadership. Read the full article here. Knowing the stages teachers tend to go through as they implement a new approach makes it easier to support them. Those of us who support educators who...

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Guest Post: The Virus Does Not Discriminate

Today we welcome a post from Won-Fong Lau Johnson, Ph.D., NCSP, who originally submitted this writing on equity for the iOpening Enterpises blog.   The virus does not discriminate — but many in schools do. What are you doing to protect your students? Times of...

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The Coach’s Playlist: Video

  The Coach’s Playlist is a two-minute read packed with information based on an essential part of coaching.   This week’s topic: Using Video Recordings of Lessons During Coaching The Idea:  People need to understand their current reality so that they can...

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Three Approaches to Coaching

Instructional coaches implementing the Impact Cycle take a dialogical approach to coaching. The dialogical approach, as the table below illustrates, represents one of the three most common approaches to coaching, the other two being facilitative and directive...

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[Podcast] Run Your Life Show with Andy Vasily

I was recently honored to be a guest on the Run Your Life Show podcast with Andy Vasily. Andy interviews leaders in education and other experts, delving into how their lives have shaped who they are and the work they do.   We talked about everything from my early...

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