Hello and welcome to the ICG newsletter! In this fourth week of November, we hope you’re taking time to unwind, visit with loved ones, and making time for self care. 

In this week’s newsletter we take closer look at evaluating instructional coaches with an article Sharon Thomas wrote last year and share a free resource for building good habits for listening and questioning. Be sure to check out the latest updates on our course offerings and content on the podcast.

The ICG team wants to hear from you! If you have a question you’ve been exploring or a success story you wish to tell, click the link at the bottom of the newsletter and leave us a message.

Podcast: Coaching Conversations

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Get caught up on previous podcasts using the links below.

Episode #1 with Zaretta Hammond

Episode #2 with Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Episode #3 with Michael Bungay Stanier

Episode #4 with Natasha Robinson

Episode #5 with Daniel Pink

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 From the Blog


Cracking Eggs and Making Change: The Challenge of Evaluating Coaching 

The work that instructional coaches do in schools in challenging and often misunderstood. Coaches deserve an evaluation process that honors them, their work, and their impact on students.

In this popular blog post from 2021, Senior Consultant Sharon Thomas outlines a process that helps coaches improve and involves steps to ensure that schools are providing the classroom support that positively (and measurably) affects students. This blog and the book, Evaluating Instructional Coaching: People, Programs, and Partnership, serve as great resources for you and your team as you set out to review accurate information about coaches and coaching programs.


Read Sharon’s post here »

Asynchronous Learning: Radical Learners

High-Impact Teaching Strategies

High-Impact Teaching Strategies focuses on improving the quality of students’ lives by giving them the experience of better teaching. This asynchronous course serves as a great support for coaches, teachers, and administrators looking to identify and incorporate researched-based teaching strategies for academic achievement and engagement on campus.

In this course, you will engage in an immersive experience into Jim Knight’s research for high-impact teaching strategies and the Big Four framework – addressing Content Planning, Formative Assessment, Instruction, and Community Building – to identify and begin incorporating teaching strategies that will have a positive impact on the lives of students.

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Free Resource

Checklist: Listening and Questioning Effectively

Listening and questioning are key elements for developing meaningful relationships and strengthening your communication skills as an instructional coach.

The Listening and Questioning Checklist is a great tool to reflect on your communication skills and identify some areas for growth. One of the easiest ways to turn the elements on the checklist into habits is to record a coaching conversation and review the checklist and identify areas that are going well and which ones still need attention.

This free resource is great for individual growth and development as well as in team settings such as CLT’s, and PLC’s with your coaches.


Download the checklist »

Upcoming Events: Virtual Workshops

The Instructional Coaching Institute

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A Framework for Instructional Coaching

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Evaluating Instructional Coaching

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Better Conversations

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Coaching Apparel is Back in Stock!

If you attended this year’s TLC Conference in San Antonio, chances are you saw how popular the instructional coaching apparel was. Not only was it popular, we completely sold out. We’re excited to share though that our t-shirts and hoodies are all back in stock, just in time for the cooler weather. Check out the ICG store to give your coaching wardrobe an update.

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