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

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

Student-Centered Coaching in a World of Digital Learning

Written by Joy Casey with Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris It’s hard to imagine the seismic shift we all felt when we moved to online learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Throughout the year, our middle school had been focused on providing feedback to students.  As the instructional coach, I had been busy leading professional … 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

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

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

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

Stages of Implementation for Student-Centered Coaching

Written by: Diane Sweeney, author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016) and Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2017) Each week we receive emails from districts that would like to implement Student-Centered Coaching. Many of these districts have coaches. Others are just getting started. The conversation often turns to resources that are available. Should they buy … Read more