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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...

Troubleshooting Coaching Cycles

Last summer, we were fortunate to host Diane Sweeney at our coaching summer institute. Diane introduced us to the idea of coaching cycles. She assured us that coaching cycles would...

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....

Have Coach, Will Travel

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

Field Notes: Stories and Courage

When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.                                                                                            Brene Brown Monon Trail Elementary School built a new...