The Research Supporting Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching was developed by instructional coaches and for instructional coaches. It was the result of coaches asking themselves the question, “How can we make our coaching more about student learning?” Until then, it felt like coaching only focused on instruction and wasn’t necessarily ensuring that learning was taking place. Coaches felt like, while they … Read more

Setting Expectations for Authentic Engagement in Coaching

Written By Diane Sweeney And Ann Mausbach Excerpted From Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, Forthcoming) “Should coaching be voluntary or mandatory?” It’s a question that we hear from principals on a regular basis. It’s also a question that rests on the broader issue of how we set expectations for participation in a coaching effort. Wouldn’t it … Read more

Leading Student-Centered Coaching

Instructional coaching has grown exponentially over the past two decades. Today there are coaches in large districts, small districts, urban districts, and rural districts. Coaches focus on subjects like mathematics, literacy, and technology. And others work across content areas. With millions of dollars and countless hours being dedicated to coaching, we must be sure that … Read more

Good Coaching Got Me Up a Mountain

Good coaching is powerful. In fact it’s so powerful, that it got me up a mountain the other day. In the summer, I love to spend my time mountain biking in Grand County, Colorado. There are hundreds of miles of trails, most of them pretty challenging. When I get the chance, I like to ride … Read more

A Coach’s Bookshelf – Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves

We are excited to have published our new book, Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016). It was so much fun to write this book, especially since I had the opportunity to work with co-author Leanna Harris, a fellow consultant on our team. I have recently been asked how this new book compares with Student-Centered Coaching: … Read more

A Journey to Define Myself as a Coach by Lara Ostrander

As a third year instructional coach, I was elated to hear that the Madison Metropolitan School District would hire Diane Sweeney, to support us in establishing and refining existing coaching practices. Up until this year, school-based coaches worked in varying capacities at schools across the district. A coach’s role was often tied to several ‘busy’ … Read more

Hitting the Ground Running with Student-Centered Coaching

I am often asked how to get started with Student-Centered Coaching. How might a district prepare coaches, teachers, and principals to make the most out this critical investment in student and teacher learning? What should we be aware of? What are some common pitfalls? While no two districts are alike, and you may need to … Read more

Not All Pressure is Positive Pressure

It is tempting for instructional coaches to sort teachers into two groups, those who have a ‘growth mindset’ and those who don’t. We celebrate teachers who are quick to implement. Teachers who are open and reflective. And we ponder those who aren’t. We wonder, ‘Where is the transfer? Why isn’t there any evidence of growth? … Read more