Our Impact + Testimonials

We have designed practices that ensure that coaching impacts both teacher and student learning. We recently analyzed hundreds of samples of the Results-Based Coaching Tool to determine how student learning changed as a result of a 6-9 week coaching cycle. We discovered that the baseline data indicated that, on average, students were at 28% proficiency at the beginning of the coaching cycle. At the end of the coaching cycle, the same students reached an average proficiency of 68%.

(To Leanna Harris) I wanted to shoot you a quick e-mail to thank you for your thoughtful, meaningful presentation at our coaching PD yesterday. I left feeling invigorated, and driven to apply my new learning. The entire day...thinking about students. Do they understand the target? Are they able to access the standard? Are their needs being met? Are we giving appropriate feedback? Today, as a coach, I felt successful as my work had a clear focus! I don't mean I have it all figured out (we are ALWAYS refining our craft as educators)!

Instructional Coach, Adams 12 Five Star Schools (Colorado)

Diane Sweeney’s book “Student-Centered Coaching” has arrived just in time for many districts across the country who are frustrated with lackluster results from the instructional coaching movement. She argues that for too long we’ve focused coaching efforts on teachers’ practices and hoped to see results in student achievement rather than focusing on students from the get-go. She includes ways to make classroom visits more student-centered, specific data management tools and protocols for analyzing data, and a “results-based coaching tool” for coaches to measure their effectiveness with student progress. This book is a must for anyone who’s a coach or principal."

Heather Wall, via Amazon.com

The impact of this partnership has been immeasurable. We now have a cadre of experienced teacher leaders and principals who understand not only how to implement best practices in literacy, but also are taking the step to influence their colleagues to implement these practices as well."

Lara Drew, Executive Director, Teaching & Learning – Edmonds School District (Wash)

Diane has taken a commitment to instructional leadership and turned it into practical models and applications. She has a thorough grounding in the research, which she combines with extensive personal experience and a brass-tacks orientation toward helping teachers and administrators improve. Diane’s approach to leadership development is intellectually rigorous but also down to earth. You will gain from Diane both a deeper understanding and real tools for leadership and facilitation. She’s a delight to work with—a good listener, thoughtful, responsive, and reliable."

Rob Stein, Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District (Colorado)

This was an example of the highest quality staff development. Having the time to process, the text, and the experience to ground it, and Diane’s exemplary facilitation style forced my thinking to go much deeper."

Literacy Coach, Chicago, IL