It’s a Cycle, Not a Hamster Wheel: Getting the Most Out of Coaching Cycles

Course Details

Coaching cycles have transformed the way many literacy coaches work with teachers in classrooms. The term “coaching cycle” was coined by Diane Sweeney, and refers to a multi-week schedule of assisting a teacher in her classroom with a plan for instructional change. Literacy coaches and teachers plan together, implement the cycle with lessons and debriefs, and end with reflection.

At least that’s the ideal.

The reality can be far different.

This course takes you into the nitty gritty of coaching cycles with examples and advice from experienced literacy coaches from throughout the country. You’ll hear success stories, as well as tales of coaching cycles gone bad, and what can be learned from them.

Practical tips include:

  • Protocols for establishing norms,
  • keys to developing a fair and reasonable long-range calendar for cycles,
  • strategies for inviting teachers to participate,
  • sample graphics and templates for invitations, planning, and reflection,
  • creative ways for new coaches to get into classrooms,
  • advice on how to balance encouragement with suggestions for improvement,
  • strategies for building trust and community,
  • examples of group coaching,
  • graceful ways to exit a cycle with reflection and follow-up, and
  • tips for troubleshooting the most common issues that emerge during cycles.

You’ll view videos of an initial meeting of a coach and teacher to plan a cycle and sample demonstration lessons within a cycle, as well as quick video tips for getting organized and taking good notes throughout the cycle.

The course is hosted by Dana Murphy, an experienced coach from Woodridge, Illinois. Contributors of print and video features are literacy coaches from throughout the country, including Amanda Adrian, Ruth Ayres, Heather Fisher, Shari Frost, Kristin Houser, Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, Melanie Meehan, David Pittman, Kathy Provost, Heather Rader, Brian Sepe, Gretchen Taylor, and Julie Wright.

Because the course content is so extensive, participants will have access to the course and all materials for an additional two months beyond the course end date. A three-month trial Literacy Leadership membership is included in the course fee, enabling participants to receive new and updated resources delivered weekly to their inboxes through the Big Fresh newsletter.

You’ll leave the course with planning templates, guiding questions, and a lot of good-humored advice for collaborating with teachers on your best coaching cycles ever.

Course Curriculum

Part 1: Organizing for Coaching Cycles
Part 2: Planning and Launching a Cycle
Part 3: After the Cycle: Reflection and Follow-Up
Part 4: Troubleshooting Coaching Cycles

Meet Your Instructor

Dana Murphy

Enrollment Options

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Course Only

This purchase includes all course materials with access for two months, as well as a three-month trial Literacy Leadership subscription.

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It's a Cycle + Annual Membership

Access to course for two months plus a one-year Literacy Leadership membership, a savings of $50 over individual purchases.

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