Posts tagged Instructional Coaching
Open Question--How to Quantify the Efficacy of a Coach?

Interpreting data from Education studies can often be a test of faith more than anything.  There are a lot of studies that conflate causation with correlation.  To clarify what causation and correlation are, here’s a classic example: when ice cream sales increase, so does the murder rate.  When one reads this, it seems that increased ice cream sales cause an increase in murder….

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The Importance of Having a Coaching Model

—Overall the goal is to provide some sort of “moral” compass for the work.  We make so many decisions everyday, that to provide the team members with some general concepts to base the rightness of their decisions simplifies the daily workload.  It also gives us a clear-cut response when our work is questioned or we are asked to do something that does not fit our mission…

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Coaching--A Difference Between Life and Death?

Dr. Atul Gawande has been very vocal about the need for professionals to use coaches in their drive toward improvement.  When we consider the very real need for strong skills in the field for doctors, it seems like there is really no reason we should not support this.  Does the same apply to educators?  Is it life and death for us?  This post explores some of those thoughts at a prime time in the year for a teacher to sign on with a coach.

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The Utility of a Third Space During Difficult Conversations

If there is progress in a teacher's work as a result of an approach like this, it builds the teacher's capacity, and it creates trust in the work the coach and the teacher are doing together, so that there may be even deeper dives into difficult work in the future as the teacher embarks on their own improvement.

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What I Do When I'm Preparing for a Podcast

Elena Aguilar’s book is intended to accompany a year-long process, and the work begins (ideally) in June.  So, I'll be releasing this episode June 15th. I look at these podcasts as an opportunity to have a long-form discussion over an idea, a chance to dive deeper.  Providing a synopsis, or an overview of a book or concept is helpful when it comes to determining whether you want to buy, or read it, but my preference is to approach these podcasts from the perspective that people have read the book, or are reading the book, and they want to fine-tune their understanding. 

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Coaching--a Difference Between Life and Death?

Dr. Atul Gawande has been very vocal about the need for professionals to use coaches in their drive toward improvement.  When we consider the very real need for strong skills in the field for doctors, it seems like there is really no reason we should not support this.  Does the same apply to educators?  Is it life and death for us?  This post explores some of those thoughts.

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Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation and How it Can Apply to Change in Schools

Using Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation as an educator seeking change?  It works, and is a good way to conceptualize the process by which professional development and new approaches can proliferate in an organic fashion. 

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