Spotlight on Success: Norwood Elementary School

By Candice Stafford, Principal Introduction by Leanna Harris This past summer, I had the pleasure of facilitating an online course in The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching with a cohort of twelve coaches, administrators, and teachers from Norwood Elementary School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Nine months later, school principal Candice Stafford shares her thoughts on … Read more

Lessons Learned: Team Coaching Cycles During Hybrid and Distance Learning

Written by: Tom Ferrebee and Nicole Zito Nido de Aguilas is an International Partner School and has been implementing Student-Centered Coaching for the past five years. If you’d like to learn more about our International Partner Schools, visit: https://www.dianesweeney.com/student-centered-coaching-international-school-partners/ Like most international schools, our coaching team at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile has been … Read more

Lessons Learned: Post Pandemic Practices that Our Students Deserve

Written by: Dr. Darren E. Draper At the heart of coaching lies positive change, but sometimes change doesn’t come easy. After nearly twelve months attempting to thrive (or survive) within alternative and often artificially-crafted learning environments, students, teachers, and other educators worldwide have begun to look forward to restoring some semblance of “normal” as they … Read more

The Seven-Week Itch: Instructional Coaching when the Honeymoon has Ended

Guest post by Kristy Gaudio You’ve heard of the seven year itch when it comes to marriage, but for an instructional coach, it’s somewhere around the seven week mark when you notice that the building-wide honeymoon has worn off. Those first six weeks of big ideas and intentional focus can gradually revert back to old … Read more

Defining Your Coaching Identity

Guest post written by Kristy Gaudio Instructional coach. Basketball coach. Life coach. Voice coach. No matter what you’re involved in, you can find a coach to reach out to. And while the concept of coaching has been around for quite some time, it’s hard to identify exactly what traits define an effective coach. Some would … Read more

Coaching Labs: Collectively Expanding Our Vision for Coaching

Guest post written by Keith Schoen I will never forget the coaching conversation I had with a second year teacher early in the fall of 2018.  We had been struggling for a few weeks to increase student talk. After our visit to a model classroom at the Ewing Marion Kauffman School in Kansas City, Missouri, … Read more

Finding Balance: Advice for New Instructional Coaches

Guest post written by Kristy Gaudio Riding a bicycle backwards. That is how I would describe my first year as an instructional coach. The old adage “like riding a bike” applied, considering my prior experience as a teacher. My focus was on working with fellow teachers and their students in their classrooms. However, the ‘backwards’ … Read more

Instructional Coaches: Interior Decorators in Education

Guest post by Kristy Gaudio Anyone who has seen, or binge-watched, a home remodeling series can’t help but obsess over how easy they make it look. The interior decorator quickly transitions through the processes of viewing the room, sketching out a vision, and unveiling the mind blowing result to the homeowner in 30 minutes–minus commercials! … Read more