When Should I Launch Coaching Cycles?

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris We are all grappling with what to expect when school returns. One thing we know is that this school year won’t be normal. This means that coaching won’t be normal either. If we fail to acknowledge this simple fact, then we fail to be responsive to what’s right … Read more

Getting Started with Student-Centered Coaching

Written by Diane Sweeney, author of Student-Centered Coaching Early last winter, I received an email from a director of teaching and learning in a medium sized district. Lynn explained that her district would be hiring coaches in the next school year. She wrote, “We want to be sure we do this coaching thing well. Can … Read more

Thinking Aloud When Coaching in the Classroom

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris Excerpted from Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2017) ​ Thinking aloud is a coaching move that increases the metacognition and reflection that occurs throughout a lesson. It most commonly occurs when a coach is co-teaching in a classroom. It sounds something like, ‘We just gave the kids a really tough question … Read more

Checking in After a Coaching Cycle

In the post, Good Coaching Got Me Up a Mountain, I shared the story of how good coaching helped me conquer obstacles on my mountain bike. It was a great reminder of the power coaching. When I wrote that post, the trails were soft and I was in peak riding shape. Since then, the leaves … 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

Why Coaching Shouldn’t Be Kept Confidential

At a recent PD session, an instructional coach raised her hand and asked an innocent enough question. We had been talking about the importance of principals and coaches discussing how their coaching cycles were impacting student and teacher learning. She asked, “I’m confused. Aren’t our coaching cycles supposed to be kept confidential?” She went on … Read more

New Offering: Two-Day Workshop on Student-Centered Coaching

We are excited to announce a two day workshop that will take place at the University of Denver on August 28-29, 2017. This workshop will include the following two strands: COACHING STRAND The coaching strand will focus on the core practices for student-centered coaching. This strand applies to K-12 instructional coaches. Coaches will learn: How … Read more