Being a new instructional coach is hard. What to focus on? How to prove your competence and value? What to share about previous experiences? Yet in the beginning of the year especially, new coaches can make some big mistakes that can be hard to come back from.

What's the difference between directive and facilitative coaching, and when should you use each method?

The first year will bring challenges, but with some reading, learning, and practice, you may be able to avoid some big pitfalls.

Here are Elena Aguilar's five takeaways from a year of coaching that encompassed both high and low points.

Here are six suggestions for coaches when a teacher wants to quit.

This is part two of a series of blogs written by Noelle Apostol Colin, Bright Morning Consulting associate. I've learned a lot since that moment I froze in front of my African-American client who said, "You wouldn't understand. You're not from this community." I was part of a team of coaches who had time each week to reflect and learn together, which was essential to my growth and commitment. I built up my own emotional intelligence, learned about systemic oppression, resistance, resilience, and developed a bank of strategies that have allowed me to be a more effective coach for my ...

While independent schools can feel quite different from their public, charter, and parochial counterparts, the glue that holds all schools together is this noble charge we call teaching.

Coaching across lines of difference can feel very challenging, writes guest blogger Noelle Apostol Colin.

How much coaching do you invest, and how long do you wait, to see how much growth in practice? What constitutes enough growth for a teacher receiving coaching?

How do we expand someone's ability? Elena Aguilar shares a tool for analysis that can transform your thinking about how to help another person change, learn, or grow.


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