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

When Should I Launch Coaching Cycles?

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris We are all grappling with what to expect when school returns. One thing we know is that this school year won’t be normal. This means that coaching won’t be normal either. If we fail to acknowledge this simple fact, then we fail to be responsive to what’s right … Read more

New Course > Launching Student-Centered Coaching > Begins August 10

We are excited to announce that we have a new course that will begin on August 10th titled, Launching Student-Centered Coaching. It is designed for folks with a background in Student-Centered Coaching and it will take coaches through the launch to the 2020-2021 school year. This will include a look at in person and virtual … Read more

Online Courses for Student-Centered Coaching

Which Course is Best for You?Student-Centered Coaching introduces a new way of delivering instructional coaching that puts the needs of students’ front-and-center. By focusing coaching on goals for student learning, rather than on fixing teachers, an instructional coach can directly impact instructional practice and student achievement. If you are interested in implementing Student-Centered Coaching in … 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

Virtual Co-Planning and Co-Teaching

Written by Amanda Brueggeman with Diane Sweeney Since my coaching has shifted online, I’ve been grappling with how to continue using the moves for Student-Centered Coaching. As a literacy coach in two elementary schools, my first hurdle was to help teachers get distance learning up and running. Next, came questions about how I could continue … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching in a World of Digital Learning

Written by Joy Casey with Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris It’s hard to imagine the seismic shift we all felt when we moved to online learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Throughout the year, our middle school had been focused on providing feedback to students.  As the instructional coach, I had been busy leading professional … Read more

Coping with Covid-19: Two Simple Grounding Exercises to Reduce Stress

Written by Diane Sweeney and Michelle LeFevre The levels of stress that educators and their students are under is unprecedented. In a recent Twitter poll, over 48% of respondents listed ‘Concern for students’ as their biggest frustration or challenge. Concern for others implies a lack of control, and a lack of control leads to stress. … Read more