Considerations When Launching a Coaching Initiative

A coaching framework is an articulation of the purpose of the program, the ways in which it works, its intended outcomes and expectations, the skills of its coaches, and its theoretical underpinnings. A coaching model helps guide and direct the actions of practitioners and participants, as well as those monitoring and evaluating the program.


On the Atlanta Testing Scandal and Coaching

Heartbreaking. Heartbreaking and unnecessary. These have been the phrases most consistently running through my mind as I've read the news about the Atlanta testing scandal.


Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators: Necessary Professional Development

For many years, I've been mulling over the idea of professional development on emotional resilience. What continuously comes up in my work is that our emotions play a big role in how effective we are in transforming our schools, and specifically, in our ability to bounce back after challenges.


How to Coach for Equity in Schools, Part 1

Recently, I suggested that all coaches should be coaches for equity--that it is our moral obligation and that if we aren't coaching for equity we are complicit in reproducing an inequitable system. I want offer some concrete ways in which we can coach teachers and leaders within our education system to build more equitable classrooms and schools.


PD for Instructional Coaches: Exploring Your Inner Landscape

What does your "inner coach landscape" look like? Who are you being when you coach? How can you better get to know the terrain of yourself as a coach?


Six Coaching-Related Wishes for 2015

I figure this is a good time of year to declare my hopes and wishes related to coaching--specifically to coaching that could transform schools--and so here's my short list that only needs the wave of a magic wand.


Why We Must All Be Coaches for Equity

I am always coaching for equity. Even when it's not overt and obvious, I'm always coaching for equity. This is not optional to me--to be a coach for equity. It is embedded within every question I ask, every suggestion I make, every moment of listening.


How to Get Feedback on Your Coaching

Here's an email I received from a coach this week: I am hoping to give an anonymous survey to the teachers I coach before winter break to allow them to give me feedback on my coaching so far. Do you have a survey like this?


Guidelines for Designing Professional Development

I'm in the midst of planning massive set of upcoming workshops, institutes and trainings. I love designing these things, thinking through the flow of activities, the structures to guide people deep into the work, and the opportunities to model new ways of learning and doing...and here's a tool to help you design PD!


12: The Maximum Number of Teachers That a Coach Should Coach

Yes, I used "should," (which elsewhere I suggest we banish from our vocabularies). And here are some other numbers that relate to our work that you might appreciate. 4: The November day which has been designated as International Coach Appreciation Day.


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