Heather Sisson

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Heather Sisson has been learning alongside elementary students and teaching colleagues for over 20 years in California and Washington, and is currently a building based instructional coach for North Thurston Public Schools in Lacey, Washington.

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Meeting Debrief: Coaching Literacy Coaches

Heather Sisson and Amanda Adrian debrief after leading a professional development session for literacy coaches on the Pause Paraphrase Probe strategy.

Talk to the Text Discussion Closure

Amanda Adrian and Heather Sisson lead a literacy coaching group discussion of an article using the “Talk to the Text” protocol. This is an excellent activity for fostering contributions from introverts. The video is Part 2 in a two-part series.

Talk to the Text Discussion Activity

Amanda Adrian and Heather Sisson lead a literacy coaching group discussion of an article using the “Talk to the Text” protocol. This is an excellent activity for fostering contributions from introverts. The video is Part 1 in a two-part series.

Pause Paraphrase Probe: Developing Coaching Skills

Amanda Adrian and Heather Sisson lead their coaching colleagues in an activity to practice paraphrasing skills in this excerpt from a coaching support group.

Student-Centered Coaching: Collaborating with Teachers

Heather Sisson considers when she has experienced success and when she has failed in attempting to collaborate with teachers.

Changing Focus with New Teachers

Heather Sisson takes you through a professional development session in which she lets new teachers take the lead in guiding the conversation after she has carefully laid the groundwork.

Developing a Collaborative Vision for Leading Literacy Coaches

Heather Sisson finds that summer is the best time for developing a shared vision of guiding literacy coaches with a colleague.

Benefits and Barriers: Helping Teachers Change

Heather Sisson designs a simple template to use in teacher study groups to help colleagues explore barriers to change, and come up with plans for overcoming them.


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