Expect Coaching Cycles

Written by: Diane Sweeney, Leanna Harris, and Julie Steele Coaching cycles are an essential practice for Student-Centered Coaching. They move us away from drive-by (or one shot) coaching where we help one person, one time, with one thing, and towards deeper coaching practice. When schools or districts are working to implement Student-Centered Coaching, it is … Read more

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

Celebrating Coaching Cycles

Ending a coaching cycle means it’s time to celebrate all of the learning that has occurred. Acknowledging the hard work and results of what took place reinforces the coaching relationship and provides energy for teachers to feel seen and valued. In her book, Collective Efficacy, Jenni Donohoo writes, “Celebrations help highlight the power of working … Read more

Four Options for Student-Centered Coaching: Coaching Cycles, Mini Cycles, Co-Planning Units, and Co-Planning Lessons

Feeling effective as an instructional coach depends on having systems that work. Any coach will tell you that one of the things Covid affected the most were those very systems. Many coaches felt like they were set adrift as classrooms became empty, teaching moved online, and many teachers were overwhelmed. We realized pretty quickly that … Read more