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25
OCT
2015

Getting to 60% (3 of 3)

Getting to 60% (PART III OF III) In this blog series, we have addressed the importance of coaching cycles as a method to increase our impact on student and teacher learning. We also surfaced common barriers to getting traction with coaching cycles. In this post, we will focus on sched
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14
OCT
2015

Getting to 60% (2 of 3)

(Read Part 1 Here) Coaching cycles are our best chance for creating authentic partnerships that increase student outcomes. In a coaching cycle, the teacher and coach are both in the mix, reflecting on their decision-making, problem solving, and figuring out how to adjust instruction i
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22
SEP
2015

Getting to 60% (1 of 3)

During a recent session with a partner district, I asked a K-12 team of coaches and principals to jot down the percentage of time that they would like to see dedicated to coaching cycles. I have to admit that this wasn’t an easy question to ask…it felt a bit loaded. As if I was implyi
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20
AUG
2015

Tools for Starting the Year with Student-Centered Coaching

We wanted to share some tools that we hope you’ll find helpful for beginning your school year as a coach. In the first video, Diane introduces some of the basics of Student-Centered Coaching. In the second video, Leanna talks about what coaches should be doing early in the schoo
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23
JUL
2015

Four Strategies for Co-Teaching

CO-TEACHING is an untapped strategy that provides coachable moments throughout a lesson. It is a dynamic process in which the teacher and coach work together to move student learning forward. In a classroom where co-teaching is occurring, it’s hard to tell who the teacher is and who t
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17
MAR
2015

A Journey to Define Myself as a Coach by Lara Ostrander

As a third year instructional coach, I was elated to hear that the Madison Metropolitan School District would hire Diane Sweeney, to support us in establishing and refining existing coaching practices. Up until this year, school-based coaches worked in varying capacities at schools ac
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