Celebrating Coaching Cycles

Ending a coaching cycle means it’s time to celebrate all of the learning that has occurred. Acknowledging the hard work and results of what took place reinforces the coaching relationship and provides energy for teachers to feel seen and valued. In her book, Collective Efficacy, Jenni Donohoo writes, “Celebrations help highlight the power of working … Read more

Who Goes First? Where to Begin with Coaching Cycles

As instructional coaches get their year started, many wonder which teachers should be first in line for coaching cycles. On the surface, this seems like a relatively easy question to answer. We’ve heard everything from, “We start with our new teachers.” To, “Teachers participate on an invitational basis.” And even, “Our coaches focus on teachers … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching as a Pathway to Equity (part 3 of 3)

(part 3 of a 3 part series) Written by Julie Steele, Consultant with Diane Sweeney Consulting Welcome to 2021 and the last installment of our 3-part series focusing on Student-Centered Coaching and equity. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up by reading part 1 and part 2 of this series. If you’d like to … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching as a Pathway to Equity (part 2 of 3)

(part 2 of a 3 part series) Written by Julie Steele, Consultant with Diane Sweeney Consulting Welcome back to part 2 of a 3-part series on Student-Centered Coaching and equity. If you missed part 1 you can access it here. As we continue this conversation, please keep in mind that school systems experience many equity … Read more

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

Student-Centered Coaching as a Pathway to Equity

(part 1 of a 3 part series) Written by Julie Steele, Consultant with Diane Sweeney Consulting In the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, a spotlight has illuminated many, formerly less visible, issues around equity. While this blog will address how instructional coaching can mitigate against some of these realities, we do not kid ourselves into thinking … 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