Coping with Covid-19: Two Simple Grounding Exercises to Reduce Stress

Written by Diane Sweeney and Michelle LeFevre The levels of stress that educators and their students are under is unprecedented. In a recent Twitter poll, over 48% of respondents listed ‘Concern for students’ as their biggest frustration or challenge. Concern for others implies a lack of control, and a lack of control leads to stress. … Read more

Evidence-Based Learning, Now More Than Ever

As we shift our teaching practice online, it begs the question of what kind of work we will be asking our students to do. Will the disruption of COVID-19 lead us to digitize worksheets so that we keep our students busy through the next few months? Or will we create rich learning opportunities that engage … Read more

Moving Student-Centered Coaching Online

In this era of Covid-19, many schools are moving online. Just this morning, a coach and I discussed her role in this new reality. As a practioner of Student-Centered Coaching, she regularly works closely with teachers in their classrooms. What would this look like when students are engaging through webcams? She is also sensitive to … Read more

So You’re Thinking About Hiring Coaches

Written by: Diane Sweeney and Leanna S. Harris Excerpt from: The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, April 2020) It’s exciting when districts find the resources to hire coaches. When creating a plan for hiring, it’s imperative to get clear on the philosophy and practices for coaching first, and then staffing the positions later. It … Read more

Facilitating Coaching Labs

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris From: Student-Centered Coaching: The Essential Guide for K-12 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, Forthcoming) We know that teachers need job-embedded opportunities for professional learning. But let’s not forget that coaches do too. While it can be valuable for coaches to attend conferences, read professional texts, and meet with district … Read more

Stages of Implementation for Student-Centered Coaching

Written by: Diane Sweeney, author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016) and Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2017) Each week we receive emails from districts that would like to implement Student-Centered Coaching. Many of these districts have coaches. Others are just getting started. The conversation often turns to resources that are available. Should they buy … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching in the Classroom: It’s Where the Joy Is

Written by: Diane Sweeney, co-author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016) After a recent presentation at a coaching conference, a young man pulled me aside and said, “This coaching stuff is harder than I expected. I’m thinking about going back to the classroom.” It felt like a confession, and I wasn’t sure what to … Read more