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

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

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

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