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Planning a Coaching Cycle

Kathy Provost works with a third-grade teacher to plan long-term and daily goals in a coaching cycle.

Essential Resources for Building Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities, or PLCs, have become almost ubiquitous in US schools. Most educators are aware of this philosophy for structuring collaborative teacher learning. Yet common knowledge of the best...

Refining Reflective Practice and Notetaking

Ten years ago, as a first-year middle school teacher, I clumsily juggled piles and piles of information (and that was before standardized testing really amped up!) about my readers and...

Three Little Tweaks for More Effective Communication

Sometimes it feels like the amount of information we receive in a single week could fill the Grand Canyon. We live in the information age, and it comes flying at...

Closing the Year Strong: Leveraging Technology When Time Is Short

The last months of the school year can be stressful for teachers. Time becomes the enemy we feel powerless to counter. This is why principals and teacher leaders should leverage...

Coaching Minute: Conferring Cards

Melanie Meehan shares the simple cards she gives to students when conferring. These cards document compliments and challenges to guide the student after the conference is over.  

From Coaching Logs to Coaching Reports

In all of my interactions with administrators, I’m mindful of the confidentiality of and delicate trust in my relationships with teachers. That said, I also have the responsibility to reflect...

Coaching Minute: Cycle Evaluation Form

Melanie Meehan shares her coaching cycle evaluation form and why it is helpful in this quick video tip.    

Coaching Minute: Student Work Form

Melanie Meehan talks about the importance of developing assessment forms for coaching cycles that focus on student work and integrating analysis of the work into plans for instruction.  

Sign-In Sheets, Professionalism, and Being Human

You could feel the tension in the air as she quietly slipped in, trying to find her place without disrupting the session. Many of the professional development sessions we facilitate...

Getting Organized with Google

I find myself doing a lot of traveling as a literacy coach—not only between classrooms, but also between multiple schools.  Some hard copies of papers are unavoidable; I always have...

Coaching Letters

Does writing a letter lead a teacher to a deeper understanding of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, or does writing a letter lead an instructional leader to better serve those they...

Finding Purpose in Coaching with Organized Notes

The first two years of my coaching career were fun, and a lot of time was spent on building relationships, but I am not sure we accomplished as much as...

Intentional Agendas: Planning for Teacher Learning

When I stepped out of the classroom seven years ago and into a professional development role, I felt like a first-year teacher all over again. The only difference: my “students”...

Using Meeting Minutes As a Reflective Tool

A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome.                                                      ...

Taking a Fresh Look at PLCs

These days, the initialism PLC is so common in teaching vernacular that it is almost to the point of being cliche. But what does it really mean? What does a...

Collecting PLC Data with Google Forms

Like so many others, my district has adopted the Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) model as one of the main sources for professional development in our district. In doing so, we...

Heather Sisson’s Coaching Space

  Literacy coach Heather Sisson has a shelf of resources available to teachers in her coaching space. A simple checkout system puts everything from cooperative learning books to mentor texts...

Dear Teacher, Dear Principal

Often there is confusion about the role of an instructional coach. These letters are intended to clarify the position, as well as reveal the genuine desire of a coach to...

Exit Slips Open Doors

"It doesn't have to end here." So claims the Powerpoint slide at the end of my professional development classes in the past. With this statement, along with my contact information...

Starting the School Year: A Checklist for Literacy Coaches

It occurred to me at the beginning of last year that there are certain tasks I do each fall to organize myself for the work of the upcoming year. Over...