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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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11
FEB
2015

Hitting the Ground Running with Student-Centered Coaching

I am often asked how to get started with student-centered coaching. How might a district prepare coaches, teachers, and principals to make the most out this critical investment in student and teacher learning? What should we be aware of? What are some common pitfalls? While no two dis
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26
JAN
2015

Not All Pressure is Positive Pressure

It is tempting for instructional coaches to sort teachers into two groups, those who have a ‘growth mindset’ and those who don’t. We celebrate teachers who are quick to implement. Teachers who are open and reflective. And we ponder those who aren’t. We wonder, ‘Where is the tran
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13
JAN
2015

Student-Centered Coaching Conferences 2015

Greetings, A quick reminder that our team is putting on two Student-Centered Coaching Conferences later this year. Here are the details: One other note, our friends and partners in the University of Wisconsin’s School of Education recently announced a Student-Centered Coaching o
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