Who Goes First? Where to Begin with Coaching Cycles

As instructional coaches get their year started, many wonder which teachers should be first in line for coaching cycles. On the surface, this seems like a relatively easy question to answer. We’ve heard everything from, “We start with our new teachers.” To, “Teachers participate on an invitational basis.” And even, “Our coaches focus on teachers … Read more

Building Confidence Through Co-Planning and Visualization

From time to time, we all suffer from a lack of confidence, and when we lack confidence it is a whole lot harder to reach our goals. Research from a study conducted by the University of Utah found that, “Performance affects confidence and confidence affects performance. A change in either will elicit a change in … Read more

Which Student-Centered Coaching Book is Right for Me?

It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since the publication of Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-12 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, 2011). This was only the beginning. Now with a total of six books published about Student-Centered Coaching, we are often asked which one is right for me?” I thought I’d provide answers … Read more

Co-Conferring from a Distance

An excerpt from Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Sweeney and Harris, forthcoming) There are lots of ways to formatively assess. One of the most powerful is through one-on-one conferences. In their text, Rigorous Reading, Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher (2013) write, “Conferring provides the teacher with an excellent opportunity. These conferences allow the teacher to … Read more

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