Tips for Launching High School Coaching Cycles

By Thomas Ferrebee, Learning Coach at Nido de Aguilas It’s where coaching cycles go to die, right? The halls of high schools are full of savvy teenagers looking to bust a teacher for having a coach: What’s up mister, why do you need a coach? Not doing your job right? Add the college-bound pressures of … Read more

How Can I Help Teachers Build Community in the Classroom?

Written by Diane Sweeney, Leanna Harris, and Julie SteeleFrom: Moves for Launching a New Year of Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2022) There is so much to do in the first few weeks of school. Teachers will be reconnecting with their students, setting up classrooms, and many will be learning about new curriculum and programs. While we … Read more

Three Strategies for Helping New Teachers Develop Successful Lessons

Written by: Dr. Amanda Brueggeman Author of: Student-Centered Mentoring (Corwin, 2022) What is a successful lesson? Visualize a lesson. The timing was perfect and the delivery of content was exact. For new teachers, this is a common perspective of a perfect lesson. A different perspective is that the lesson went in different directions than was … Read more

Spotlight on Success: Norwood Elementary School

By Candice Stafford, Principal Introduction by Leanna Harris This past summer, I had the pleasure of facilitating an online course in The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching with a cohort of twelve coaches, administrators, and teachers from Norwood Elementary School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Nine months later, school principal Candice Stafford shares her thoughts on … Read more

Leveraging Unit Planning into Coaching Cycles

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris Co-authors of Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance Coaches wear many hats. They lead coaching cycles, informally work with teachers to co-plan lessons, unpack curricular units with teams, and support professional learning throughout a school. While each role constitutes an important part of a coach’s work, making connections between … Read more

Lessons Learned: Team Coaching Cycles During Hybrid and Distance Learning

Written by: Tom Ferrebee and Nicole Zito Nido de Aguilas is an International Partner School and has been implementing Student-Centered Coaching for the past five years. If you’d like to learn more about our International Partner Schools, visit: https://www.dianesweeney.com/student-centered-coaching-international-school-partners/ Like most international schools, our coaching team at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile has been … Read more

Lessons Learned: Post Pandemic Practices that Our Students Deserve

Written by: Dr. Darren E. Draper At the heart of coaching lies positive change, but sometimes change doesn’t come easy. After nearly twelve months attempting to thrive (or survive) within alternative and often artificially-crafted learning environments, students, teachers, and other educators worldwide have begun to look forward to restoring some semblance of “normal” as they … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching as a Pathway to Equity (part 3 of 3)

(part 3 of a 3 part series) Written by Julie Steele, Consultant with Diane Sweeney Consulting Welcome to 2021 and the last installment of our 3-part series focusing on Student-Centered Coaching and equity. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up by reading part 1 and part 2 of this series. If you’d like to … Read more