Using Student Evidence from a Distance

An excerpt from Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Sweeney and Harris, forthcoming) Now that we’ve had some time to settle into distance learning, we are hopefully beyond the place of addressing immediate needs of safety and access. This allows us to look more deeply into how we can actually teach our students in the best … Read more

Using Mini Cycles to Take Student-Centered Coaching Deeper

Written by: Leanna Harris and Diane Sweeney “Coaching is exceptionally needed but nobody has the time for it.” –    Chris Finch, Assistant Superintendent, La Grange School District Now that the school year is in full swing, instructional coaches are looking for ways to go deeper in their partnerships with teachers. In years past, we … Read more

Ebook: Moves for Virtual Coaching

There is no question that teachers are facing unprecedented challenges as they adjust to hybrid and/or virtual instruction. Many proven pedagogical practices are no longer applicable which means we are in a constant state of innovation around teaching and learning. Lack of connection with students is also creating a sense of loss and disorientation for … Read more

How Can I Help Teachers Build Community in the Classroom?

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris There is always so much to do in the first few weeks of school. Especially this year. Teachers will be reconnecting with their students after being apart. They will be setting up classrooms that meet the newest guidelines for keeping us safe, healthy, and learning. And they will … Read more

Hot Off the Press! The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching

Written by Diane Sweeney & Leanna Harris With the release of our new book, The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching: What Every K-12 Coach and School Leader Needs to Know, a question has arisen about how it fits in with the other books we have written on the subject. Each week we hear from leaders … Read more

Virtual Co-Planning and Co-Teaching

Written by Amanda Brueggeman with Diane Sweeney Since my coaching has shifted online, I’ve been grappling with how to continue using the moves for Student-Centered Coaching. As a literacy coach in two elementary schools, my first hurdle was to help teachers get distance learning up and running. Next, came questions about how I could continue … Read more

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