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

Student-Centered Coaching in the Classroom: It’s Where the Joy Is

Written by: Diane Sweeney, co-author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016) After a recent presentation at a coaching conference, a young man pulled me aside and said, “This coaching stuff is harder than I expected. I’m thinking about going back to the classroom.” It felt like a confession, and I wasn’t sure what to … Read more

The Research Supporting Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching was developed by instructional coaches and for instructional coaches. It was the result of coaches asking themselves the question, “How can we make our coaching more about student learning?” Until then, it felt like coaching only focused on instruction and wasn’t necessarily ensuring that learning was taking place. Coaches felt like, while they … 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

Moving from an ‘Opt In’ to ‘All In’ Coaching Model

There’s no question that teachers are pressed for time. In fact, this is one of the most common reasons we hear for why teachers may not engage in coaching cycles. The perception is that coaching cycles will ‘take’ too much time and coaches feel as if they are up drumming business. The good news is … Read more