Student-Centered Coaching Conference Documents > May 22-23, 2017 


Main Sessions

  • General Session Agenda and Handouts

  • Day 1 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

  • Making Collaboration Time Work for Teachers: Room 203

    Dana Murphy, Kelly Neylon, and Angela Makowski
    Instructional Resource Specialists from Woodridge 68 (Illinois)
    This interactive session will focus on facilitating collaborative meetings for grade-level or department teacher teams. These PLC meetings aim to improve instruction and are focused on student work. Participants will learn how to establish norms, use protocols to look at student work, and develop the capacity of teachers through professional readings. Participants will also learn various facilitation tips and techniques for facilitating more efficient meetings.


  • The Power of Data: Room 202

    Cheryl Ryan, Jennifer Johnson, and Christina Sawicki
    Instructional Coaches in Lewis-Central (Iowa)
    Discover the power of framing a cycle in data and using it to drive a student-centered learning goal. Identify effective ways to gather data that align to the goal/purpose of the cycle. Practice using coaching conversations to interpret data and create a responsive plan for instruction. Gain the capacity to integrate purpose into coaching moves centered around data.

    HANDOUTS – Google Slides and Note Taker PDF

  • Growing Coaching Impact – High Leverage Solutions: Room 309

    Dr. Jeanette Westfall, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development and Tara Harvey, HS Innovation Coach

    Coaching challenges require high-leverage solutions to maximize impact on student achievement. Dig into coaching, collaboration, and questioning. How does a system support a new coach? How can coaches be effectively evaluated in a teacher evaluation system? How do coaches move from drive-by coaching to deeper work with their teachers? How do coaches stay learner-centered under fix-it administrators? Presenters will share using cooperative learning strategies to encourage active learning.


  • Coaching for Rigor and Depth of Understanding: Mountain View Room

    Leanna Harris, Diane Sweeney Consulting and co-author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves

    While it’s important to understand the how of Student-Centered Coaching – coaching in cycles, co-planning and co-teaching – we can’t forget that the what of our coaching is just as critical in ensuring deep and meaningful student learning. How do we know if we’re on the right track? Together we will look at coaching cycle goals as the starting point for making sure our coaching is grounded in a high level of rigor for all students.

    HANDOUTSGoogle Docs or PDF
    Haiku Deck Presentation

  • Day 2 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

  • Student-Centered Coaching – From Theory to Action: Mountain View Room

    Heather Gould, School Improvement Consultant, and Heather Howland, Instructional Coach AEA 267 and Janesville School District (Iowa)

    It’s important to hold true to the seven core practices of student-centered coaching; however, implementation has a unique look and feel in every school district. This session will explore district developed tools, protocols, and resources based on the work of more than forty Iowa districts and first-hand experience of both a K-12 instructional coach and school improvement consultant. Participants will have time to collaborate and consider implications for their teams.


  • Coaching with Video in a Student-Centered Model: Room 202

    Christina Woodward, Lorraine Duitsman, Roxanne Wiles Lewis-Central High School (Iowa)

    This session will highlight some of the strategies we have used to make coaching successful in a comprehensive high school. Video is a valuable tool that enhances our coaching work, enabling coaches and teachers to analyze student learning in a side-by-side manner. We will share tips, tools, and protocols for ensuring that the use of video is collaborative and focused on student learning.

    Presentation Slides
    Conference (Video Map)
    Protocol For Using Video with Teachers 

    Video Student-Centered Learning Lab (Protocol and Note Form)
    Protocol for Coaching Lab

  • Our Story – Building a Coaching Culture from the Ground Up: Room 203

    Amber Birch Trujillo, Jennifer Lindauer-Thompson, Kelly Hannon, and Colleen Ackford , Instructional Coaches International School Nido de Aguilas (Santiago, Chile)

    Instructional coaches from the International School Nido de Aguilas will share the transformation their school experienced as they embraced student-centered coaching and moved toward a culture of collaboration. Coaches will share the reasons behind choosing student-centered coaching, the systems created to support coaching, and the partnerships developed with teachers and administration. They will highlight intentional choices made along the way, mistakes made throughout the process, and next steps toward the goal of being responsive to teachers and students.

    HANDOUTS – Link to Documents

  • Co-Planning – Designing Units and Lessons Focused on Student Growth: Room 328

    Julie Wright, Diane Sweeney Consulting

    Co-planning is one of the most important moves we make during a coaching cycle. When we work alongside our colleagues to co-plan units of study and lesson plans using backward design principles, we give ourselves permission to dream big about the learning experiences we hope to create for our students. Together, we will unpack planning practices that focus on building a unit of study using standards and learning targets as an anchor for developing a planning calendar. We will also discuss the importance of formative and summative assessment as a key to understanding student growth.