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Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level


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Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction How Do I Make It Happen in My Own School? How to Use This Book 1. Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level Why Student-Centered Coaching? A Comparison of Coaching Models: Student-Centered, Teacher-Centered, and Relationship-Driven Coaching Formative Assessment: The Foundation for Student-Centered Coaching A Case in Point: Corey at Benton High School Leading the Coaching Effort Tools and Techniques In Summary 2. Getting Student-Centered Coaching Up and Running Where to Begin? Invitational vs. Assigned Coaching The Flow of Coaching Coaching Cycles Engaging Reluctant Teachers Scheduling Student-Centered Coaching A Case in Point: A Framework for Coaching at Arrupe Jesuit High School Tools and Techniques In Summary 3. Coaching Teachers to Assess and Deliver What Does it Mean to 'Assess and Deliver'? A Marriage Between Backward Design and Coaching Creating Opportunities for Students to Self-Evaluate and Receive Feedback A Case in Point: DSST Public Schools, Denver Taking it Beyond a Charter School in Denver Tools and Techniques In Summary 4. Measuring the Impact of Student-Centered Coaching Designing for Impact Using the Result-Based Coaching Tool to Measure Student and Teacher Learning First Things First: Identifying a Goal for Student Learning Collecting Baseline Data Planning Based on Student Work Capturing Teacher Growth Capturing Student Growth Measuring the Impact of Small Group Collaboration Tools and Techniques In Summary 5. Leading the Coaching Effort Merging Accountability and Support What's Our Focus? Driven by Data Analysis Leaders Know Good Instruction When They See It Clarifying Roles A Case in Point: Wilson Middle School Principal and Coach Roles Tools and Techniques In Summary 6. Designing a School Culture That's About Student Learning Part I. Designing a Student-Centered School Culture The 'No Opt Out' School Culture What About Buy-In? Qualities of a School That Maintains a Culture of Learning Developing Systems to Support Teacher Learning Dealing with Differing Beliefs Part II. Coaching Within a Culture of Learning Culture and Confidentiality Feedback that Contributes to a Culture of Learning Using Video as a Source of Feedback A Case in Point: Beliefs at Arrupe Jesuit High School Tools and Techniques In Summary 7. Student-Centered Learning Labs Three Generations of Learning Labs: Model Classrooms, Peer-Learning Labs, Student-Centered Learning Labs Coaching and Follow Up Which Type of Lab is Right for You? A Case in Point: Learning Labs at Arrupe Jesuit High School Tools and Techniques In Summary 8. Developing Systems to Prepare and Support Coaches The 'What'-A Curriculum for Supporting Coaches The 'How'-A Framework for Supporting Coaches Differentiating for Coaches Engaging Reluctant Coaches A Case in Point: Supporting Coaches in Council Bluffs, Iowa Tools and Techniques In Summary In Closing Resources to Support Student-Centered Coaching References Index

About the Author

Diane Sweeney is the author of The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018), and Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016). Each of these books is grounded in the simple but powerful premise that coaching can be designed to more directly impact student learning. 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.


"The true test of the effectiveness of coaching is whether or not students improve. Diane Sweeney's new book is incredibly helpful explaining how to set student goals and measure progress toward them. Any instructional coach should find the book an essential resource." -- Jim Knight, author of High-Impact Instruction
"Diane Sweeney's work on coaching has profoundly impacted my thinking. In my work with instructional coaching and coaching programs I am shifting my focus to student centered conversations. This latest book has given me additional tools for challenging coaches to move to this level of depth in their work." -- Cindy Harrison, Senior Consultant
"Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level provides both veteran and novice instructional coaches and school leaders with practical tips and tools they can use to move instructional coaching from focusing on teacher behavior to focusing on student learning. It provides strategies to help demonstrate the direct impact that coaching has on student achievement." -- Deborah Mitchell, New Teacher Induction Coordinator
"This book is a fresh look at the topic of coaching, geared specifically for the secondary school setting, and taking into consideration the transition to Common Core and the increased focus on teacher effectiveness. This is a must read no matter what your experience has been with instructional coaching in the past: effective or ineffective." -- Leslie Standerfer, Principal
"Finally, a book that affirms the hard work that teachers, coaches, and administrators are doing to ensure learning and growth for all students" -- Linda Phillips, Teacher, Instructional Specialist-Mathematics

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