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The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching
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List of Figures Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Why This Book Now? Guiding Principles and Core Practices The Path to Implementation of Student-Centered Coaching Chapter 1. Why Student-Centered Coaching Matters We Don't Have Time to Waste How Student-Centered Coaching Compares With Other Approaches to Coaching Core Practices for Student-Centered Coaching Creating an Ecosystem for Professional Learning and Coaching Coaching Toward Sustainability Connections to the Visible Learning Research Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Chapter 2. Coaching Cycles: An Essential Practice What Is a Coaching Cycle? Making Time for Coaching Cycles What About Curriculum, Programs, and Classroom Management? What About Coaching Cycles With Groups? Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Chapter 3. Understanding Our Impact Collect Anecdotal Evidence Through Exit Interviews Other Ways to Use the Results-Based Coaching Tool Monitoring Focus on a Unified Goal Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Chapter 4. Student-Centered Coaching Conversations What Does Student-Centered Coaching Sound Like? Crafting Conversations That Are Learning Focused Providing Strengths-Based Feedback Strengths-Based Feedback Within Coaching Cycles Questioning and Listening Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Chapter 5. Building a Culture Where Student-Centered Coaching Thrives Fostering a Culture of Learning Embrace the Mess of Learning, With Every Member of the Community Taking the Stance of Learner Use Student Evidence and Data to Drive Decision-Making Reflect On and Adjust Practice Based on the Needs of Students Use Shared Decision-Making so Teachers' Voices, Experiences, and Perspectives Are Taken Into Account Focus School Improvement Efforts on a Single Goal or Strategy Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Chapter 6. Systems to Make Student-Centered Coaching Happen Marketing and Messaging Organize the Year Into Coaching Rounds Start Small and Gain Momentum Consistently Monitor for Impact Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Chapter 7. Supporting and Evaluating Coaches First Things First: Hire Effective Coaches What to Look For When Hiring Coaches Provide Job-Embedded Support Through Coaching Labs A Curriculum to Support New Coaches Tools and Processes for Evaluating Coaches The Role of the District in Supporting Student-Centered Coaching Lesson From the Field Tools and Techniques A Final Thought Resources References Index

About the Author

Diane Sweeney is the author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, 2011) and Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (Corwin, 2013). Each of these books is grounded in the simple but powerful premise that coaching can be designed to more directly impact student learning. Her first book, Learning Along the Way (Stenhouse, 2003) shares the story of how an urban elementary school transformed itself to become a learning community. Diane spends her time speaking and consulting for schools and educational organizations across the country. She is also an instructor for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When she isn't working in schools, she loves to spend time outside with her family in Denver, Colorado. Leanna Harris is the co-author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016). She has worked as a teacher, coach, and consultant across grades K-12 and currently works with Diane Sweeney Consulting to help schools and districts implement student-centered coaching. Her work is based upon the belief that professional development for teachers is most effective when it is grounded in outcomes for student achievement - for every child, every day. Leanna is a passionate skier and cyclist. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and three kids.

Reviews

"In an honest and heartfelt voice, Diane and Leanna provide guidance and practical advice to help coaches navigate the complexities associated with their role. Diane and Leanna's passion to ensure that students' learning stays at the center of improvement work is evident throughout this book as they paint a path of implementation for coaching that will help educators in realizing collective impact."

-- Jenni Donohoo
"The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching is a revelation for anyone or any system that wishes to have a powerful and effective coaching program. It is chocked-full of tools and strategies but also provides a critical framework for honoring both student and teacher voice. In addition, the authors are proven practitioners of the work, making the book practical, clear, and steeped in action research. This is a must read!"

-- Kara Vandas

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