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

So You’re Thinking About Hiring Coaches

Written by: Diane Sweeney and Leanna S. Harris Excerpt from: The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, April 2020) It’s exciting when districts find the resources to hire coaches. When creating a plan for hiring, it’s imperative to get clear on the philosophy and practices for coaching first, and then staffing the positions later. It … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching Workshop – June 4-5, 2020

We are excited to announce that early-bird registration for our June 4-5, 2020 workshop begins on January 29. Learning will be differentiated based on coaching and leadership strands. Presenters include authors Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris. All participants will receive a copy of the new book – The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020). … Read more

Coaching Cycles – Getting to 60%

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris Originally posted in the fall of 2015, this three-part blog series has been revised and updated. Getting to 60% (PART I of III) During a session with a partner district, Diane asked a team of K-12 coaches and principals to jot down the percentage of time that they … Read more

Facilitating Coaching Labs

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris From: Student-Centered Coaching: The Essential Guide for K-12 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, Forthcoming) We know that teachers need job-embedded opportunities for professional learning. But let’s not forget that coaches do too. While it can be valuable for coaches to attend conferences, read professional texts, and meet with district … Read more