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

Evidence-Based Learning, Now More Than Ever

As we shift our teaching practice online, it begs the question of what kind of work we will be asking our students to do. Will the disruption of COVID-19 lead us to digitize worksheets so that we keep our students busy through the next few months? Or will we create rich learning opportunities that engage … Read more

Moving Student-Centered Coaching Online

In this era of Covid-19, many schools are moving online. Just this morning, a coach and I discussed her role in this new reality. As a practioner of Student-Centered Coaching, she regularly works closely with teachers in their classrooms. What would this look like when students are engaging through webcams? She is also sensitive to … Read more

Student-Centered Coaching Workshop: August 17-18, 2020

We’re adding a second Student-Centered Coaching summer workshop. The workshop will be held on August 17-18, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. 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 … Read more

Coming Soon! New Online Course

We are excited to announce an online course that will feature our forthcoming book The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching: What Every Coach and School Leader Needs to Know (Sweeney and Harris). Follow this link to learn more about our online offerings and how to get involved. MORE INFO

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