Building Confidence Through Co-Planning and Visualization

From time to time, we all suffer from a lack of confidence, and when we lack confidence it is a whole lot harder to reach our goals. Research from a study conducted by the University of Utah found that, “Performance affects confidence and confidence affects performance. A change in either will elicit a change in … Read more

Spotlight on Success: Norwood Elementary School

By Candice Stafford, Principal Introduction by Leanna Harris This past summer, I had the pleasure of facilitating an online course in The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching with a cohort of twelve coaches, administrators, and teachers from Norwood Elementary School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Nine months later, school principal Candice Stafford shares her thoughts on … Read more

Leveraging Unit Planning into Coaching Cycles

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris Co-authors of Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance Coaches wear many hats. They lead coaching cycles, informally work with teachers to co-plan lessons, unpack curricular units with teams, and support professional learning throughout a school. While each role constitutes an important part of a coach’s work, making connections between … Read more

Lessons Learned: Team Coaching Cycles During Hybrid and Distance Learning

Written by: Tom Ferrebee and Nicole Zito Nido de Aguilas is an International Partner School and has been implementing Student-Centered Coaching for the past five years. If you’d like to learn more about our International Partner Schools, visit: https://www.dianesweeney.com/student-centered-coaching-international-school-partners/ Like most international schools, our coaching team at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile has been … Read more

Lessons Learned: Post Pandemic Practices that Our Students Deserve

Written by: Dr. Darren E. Draper At the heart of coaching lies positive change, but sometimes change doesn’t come easy. After nearly twelve months attempting to thrive (or survive) within alternative and often artificially-crafted learning environments, students, teachers, and other educators worldwide have begun to look forward to restoring some semblance of “normal” as they … Read more

Which Student-Centered Coaching Book is Right for Me?

It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since the publication of Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-12 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, 2011). This was only the beginning. Now with a total of six books published about Student-Centered Coaching, we are often asked which one is right for me?” I thought I’d provide answers … 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

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