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Three Little Phrases No Literacy Coach Can Live Without

If there are three skills any literacy coach needs, they are the ability to engage with colleagues, diffuse hostile situations, and connect with people who have a different world view....

Engaging Teachers with Coaching

When my husband and I rented the movie Slumdog Millionaire, I hid my eyes frequently during the first 30 minutes. Completely unprepared for the on-screen violence, I asked Kurt to nudge...

What Coaches Carry (Part 1)

As I prepare to mentor three new coaches this year in different assignments: elementary building coach, secondary reading intervention coach and middle grades math coach, I sit down to have...

Ways to Avoid Coaching Traps

When we first began providing staff development to schools, our mentor at Tufts University shared the book Strategies for Teacher Collaboration by Loviah Aldinger with us. We each carry a well-worn copy...

When They’re Hard to Teach

Nathan sits down at the table and begins to read from his collection of familiar texts. He’s strategic. He grabs the easiest books he can from his pile. As we...

Coaching High-Fives

I distinctly remember the hot, humid day in August when my family went to celebrate Travers Day at the Saratoga Race Course in New York. It was a beautiful summer...

Tips for Personalizing PD

In this five-minute video, Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about how coaches can help teachers personalize their professional development through activities like “Pineapple Week.”