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A Word to Aspiring Coaches

Not long ago, my district had a few openings for instructional coaches. The openings were an exciting opportunity, as our schools were considering a return to somewhat “normal” instruction after...

Have a Little Fun and Encourage Colleagues

Instructional coach Inga Omondi offers wise (and fun) advice on how to uplift and encourage colleagues.

Offer a Mirror: How Coaches Empower Reflection

“I don’t know! It’s just that I get in there and I start teaching it, and then things happen…like someone has a connection or someone doesn’t understand a word and...

Fine-Tuning Our Coaching with an Equalizer Model

When I was a kid, my dad had a component stereo system. In addition to the cassette deck, turntable, and receiver, he had an equalizer. The dials, switches, horizontal fader...

Mantras Matter

Everyone deserves a thought partner is a mantra that anchors my beliefs and guides my behaviors. I say it often. Sometimes in my head. Sometimes in the company of colleagues....

Coaching Through the Student Door

The number-one thing teachers never have enough of is time. During pandemic teaching, time is even more precious, because planning tasks take much longer as we all think about how...

Coaching Minute: Principals and the Change Process

Principal Lee Snider talks about the change process with teachers.

Teacher to Literacy Coach Transition

Literacy coaches Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about the transition from being a teacher to becoming a coach.

Coaching for All

I am part of an online principals’ forum with tens of thousands of members. Not long ago, someone posed the following question. I’ve removed all identifying details but kept the...

Listening and Learning from Literature

As a child, I lived in a world where everyone shared the same skin color, and I never questioned my place in the world. I lived in a world where...

From a Coaching Vision to a Coaching Menu

I first heard the whispering of literacy coaching back in my very first year of teaching. The gifted and talented teacher worked with a few of my students each week...

Coaching in a Time of Crisis

The other day I got online to see a post from an educational leader in which he shared  10 learning practices to avoid in remote teaching. The list was 10...

Have Coach, Will Travel

I have a confession to make: I secretly pine for the beautiful literacy coaches’ spaces that I see on social media and wish that I could re-create them for the...

Coaching Minute: New Coaches and Principals

Principal Lee Snider talks about the importance of being intentional in integrating new coaches into the school community.

Coaching Minute: Good Communication Between Coaches and Principals

Principal Lee Snider talks with literacy coach Lora Bieghler about developing a rapport when a coach is new to the building.

Coaching Minute: Dealing with Parent Concerns

Principal Lee Snider talks about how he deals with parent concerns.

The Feedback Trap

Feedback certainly is a hot topic. It maintains its place in education, business, and medicine. It’s not hard to find books and articles that promise to help you give better...

Coaching Minute: Building Rapport with Teachers

Principal Lee Snider talks about how he built rapport with teachers when he was new to the role of principal in the building.

A Heart for Coaching

Friends and colleagues often ask if I miss working in the classroom. My first answer is always “Yes. I will always miss the classroom because my heart is there.” Most...

Coaching Minute: Collaborating with Principals

Literacy coach Jen Court explains how she collaborates with principals.

Using Supplies to Inspire

I waited anxiously at the kidney-shaped table for my mentor’s arrival. Thoughts about the upcoming school year—different grade level, new staff—had me all worked up. As she entered the room,...