Today is the first day of April and that means that Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level is at the printer and almost ready to ship!
While Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin Press, 2010) focused on grades K-8, this book will tackle coaching in middle and high schools. It is grounded in the same premise as the first book; that school-based coaching can be designed to directly impact student learning. When the focus is shifted from “fixing” teachers to collaborating with them in order to design instruction that targets student achievement, coaching becomes more respectful and results-based.
I certainly hadn’t planned to write another book in such short order. After all, I’ve been happily doing what I love, working alongside coaches and teachers in schools across the U.S. and abroad. It was during these conversations that I was informed about a lack of resources that are specific to the demands of coaching at the secondary level. Again and again I’d hear, “I like the idea of student-centered coaching, but it’s different in middle and high schools. How do I make it happen in my own school?” Writing this book is my attempt to provide some answers to this important question. Here’s what people are saying about Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level:
“Diane Sweeney’s work on coaching has profoundly impacted my thinking. In my work with instructional coaching and coaching programs I am shifting my focus to student centered conversations. This latest book has given me additional tools for challenging coaches to move to this level of depth in their work.”
Cindy Harrison, Senior Consultant
“Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level provides both veteran and novice instructional coaches and school leaders with practical tips and tools they can use to move instructional coaching from focusing on teacher behavior to focusing on student learning. It provides strategies to help demonstrate the direct impact that coaching has on student achievement.”
Deborah Mitchell, New Teacher Induction Coordinator
Merced Union High School District, Merced, CA
“This book is a fresh look at the topic of coaching, geared specifically for the secondary school setting, and taking into consideration the transition to Common Core and the increased focus on teacher effectiveness. This is a must read no matter what your experience has been with instructional coaching in the past: effective or ineffective.”
Leslie Standerfer, Principal
Estrella Foothills High School, Goodyear, AZ
“Finally, a book that affirms the hard work that teachers, coaches, and administrators are doing to ensure learning and growth for all students”
Linda Phillips, Teacher, Instructional Specialist-Mathematics
Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
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