Top 5 Tools for Student-Centered Coaching

We often receive requests for the tools and templates that are featured in Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2010) and Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (Corwin, 2013). With so many coaches using Google Docs, we thought that we’d share a few links to our favorite tools and templates. Hopefully this will get the new school year started off right.

1) Results-Based Coaching Tool

This tool (link (updated 10/31/17)) is used to measure the impact of a coaching cycle. It is a big picture summary of the learning that occurred by the students and teacher. Here is a short video clip explaining how it’s used.

2) Managing Data Across a Coaching Cycle

This is a simplified version (link) of the Results-Based Coaching Tool. It is user-friendly and includes space for the teacher and coach to record their conversations across a coaching cycle.

3) Weekly Coaching Logs

These weekly coaching logs (link) support a coach and teacher through a coaching cycle. Each log is designed to ensure that we make an impact on both student learning and teaching practice.

4) Checklist for Getting Coaching Cycles Up and Running

This handy checklist (link) will get you started off on the right foot with both your principal and teachers. Use it to make sure that you are defining the coach’s role while also building towards coaching cycles.

5) Status of the Faculty

This tool (link) is used to monitor teacher engagement in coaching cycles. It is based on Flaherty’s Flow of Coaching and is a nice resource to use when planning with the principal.

As always, we recommend that you use these tools as a launching off point for your own coaching work. Our opinion is that if you make them your own, then they will only get better. Cheers and have a great start to the school year!

To save these documents:

  • If you have a Google account make sure you’re signed in > click the document link, it will open in “View Only” > at the top left click “File” and then from the drop down list select “Make a Copy.” The copy will save to your Google Drive.
  • To save as a Word doc click the document link, it will open in “View Only” > at the top left click “File” and then from the drop down list select “Download As” > then save as a Microsoft Word document.



9 thoughts on “Top 5 Tools for Student-Centered Coaching

  1. Thank you, Diane, for providing me with a system to implement student-centered coaching. I have been using the tools ever since I attended your conference in the Milwaukee area, and my coaching is reaching new levels.

  2. Hi Diane,
    Our coaching team is using your book as our “Book Study” this year and we would love to be able to use your “Results-Based Coaching Tool for Small Groups on page 97 with your teams. Do you by chance have this in a google doc that you could share with us??
    Your book is amazing and our team is learning so much!
    Thank you!! Looking forward to meeting you in person in February!

    Lisa Borowski
    K-4 Elementary Mathematics Coach/Interventionist
    Hortonville Areas School District
    North Greenville Elementary, Greenville WI 54942

  3. Thank you for the wonderful tools you have provided for coaches. I can truly say that I am effective as a literacy coach because of the information and tools I have been exposed to. I have seen tremendous results from teachers and scholars.

  4. Thank you for providing these resources. It’s great to see Student-Centered Coaching “going Google.” Might I suggest you change the sharing settings of the “Status of the Faculty” Google Doc? Right now anyone with the link has the ability to edit the Doc.

  5. Hi Diane,

    Thanks for all the support and help you offer coaches!!! I sent you an email with a couple of doubts and thoughts.

    I will be waiting for your answer.

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