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 Many proven pedagogical practices are no longer applicable which means we are in a constant state of innovation around teaching and learning.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

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

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