Facilitating Coaching Labs

Written by Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris From: Student-Centered Coaching: The Essential Guide for K-12 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, Forthcoming) We know that teachers need job-embedded opportunities for professional learning. But let’s not forget that coaches do too. While it can be valuable for coaches to attend conferences, read professional texts, and meet with district … Read more

Defining Your Coaching Identity

Guest post written by Kristy Gaudio Instructional coach. Basketball coach. Life coach. Voice coach. No matter what you’re involved in, you can find a coach to reach out to. And while the concept of coaching has been around for quite some time, it’s hard to identify exactly what traits define an effective coach. Some would … Read more

Finding Balance: Advice for New Instructional Coaches

Guest post written by Kristy Gaudio Riding a bicycle backwards. That is how I would describe my first year as an instructional coach. The old adage “like riding a bike” applied, considering my prior experience as a teacher. My focus was on working with fellow teachers and their students in their classrooms. However, the ‘backwards’ … Read more