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 Cycles

Effective professional development requires continuous support that can best be delivered by a school-based coach. By now many of us are familiar with Malcolm Gladwell’s supposition from the book Outliers about how much time it takes to become good at something. He writes, “The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical … Read more

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