Which Student-Centered Coaching Book is Right for Me?

Diane Sweeney

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 to this question in this blog post. 

The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching
The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching provides a clear vision for how instructional coaching can promote both teacher and student learning. Over the past decade, new standards and curriculum have been adopted, the Visible Learning research has become a driving force in understanding evidence-based instructional practice, and more districts are investing in instructional coaching. For this reason, The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching now serves as a replacement to Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals and Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level. 

Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance
Throughout COVID, we have learned the importance of coaching toward equity, having a coherent and focused curriculum, and coaching from a place of formative assessment and evidence. Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance addresses these issues through technology-focused coaching ‘moves’ that can be used in virtual, hybrid, and in person settings. We believe that the enduring practices in this book will help coaches keep student learning at the center for years to come. 

Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves
Written for coaches who work with teachers in all K-12 content areas, Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves helps coaches support teacher development, foster a culture of learning, and improve student achievement. Learn more about the day-to-day coaching moves that can be used before, during, and after lessons. Also included are field-tested tools and practices, as well as original video clips that depict and unpack key coaching moves. 

Leading Student-Centered Coaching
Strong leadership is essential for instructional coaching efforts. Leading Student-Centered Coaching provides principals and district leaders with the background, practices, and tools required for leading coaching efforts that have a profound and positive impact on student and teacher learning. This book includes a variety of tools and techniques for preparing a school for coaching, launching a coaching culture, and supporting coaches. With a focus on the critical role of school leadership, this action-oriented guide provides the key ingredients for ensuring the success of school-based coaching initiatives. 

The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Sweeney and Harris, 2020)Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Sweeney and Harris, 2021)Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Sweeney and Harris, 2017)Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Sweeney and Mausbach, 2018)
Who is the audience for this book?Readers who are new to Student- Centered Coaching, as well as those who would like fresh ideas about how to implement the model.Readers who would like to learn more about how Student-Centered Coaching promotes equity and can be used in a technology-rich environment. Readers who would like to dig deeper into the core practices for Student-Centered Coaching through video, coaching logs, and practices.Readers who would like to create a culture for coaching by investing in principal and coach partnerships. 
When is the best time to read this book?We recommend starting here to lay the foundation for Student- Centered Coaching.The practices shared will be relevant long past COVID, though they are particularly useful during these challenging times. This book is ideally introduced after the team has read The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching.This book can be introduced when a district decides to invest in developing strong principal and coach partnerships. 
What does this book offer that the others don’t?The beliefs, practices, and structures that are necessary to successfully implement Student- Centered Coaching.Equity and tech-focused coaching moves. Concrete coaching language, tools, and video clips that illustrate coaching moves in action. Specific practices that school leaders can use to lead the coaching effort. 
What level or subject is this book designed for?Geared toward PK-12 coaching that spans subject and content areas. 

In Closing
The times we are currently experiencing are the most dynamic, innovative, and challenging that we have encountered in our decades as educators. As we continue to serve coaches and leaders, our will continue to grow and change. We look forward to sharing our new thinking with you through our books, webinars, online courses, and podcast. Visit our website for more information. 

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