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The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching
What Every K-12 Coach and School Leader Needs to Know



April 2020 | 192 pages | Corwin

Insights, ideas, and inspiration to keep student learning at the center of instructional coaching

Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris, whose best-selling books have influenced the practice of thousands of K-12 coaches, frame how Student-Centered Coaching serves as an evidence-based model of professional learning that focuses on student outcomes. Shifting the focus from “fixing” teachers to partnering with them to reach goals for student learning takes coaching to the heart of what matters most in schools. The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching includes all-new material that is grounded in the latest research and the authors’ extensive experience in the field of coaching. In it, readers will find

  • An emphasis on how coaching can be asset-based and focused on equity
  • Current research in adult learning and professional development
  • Examples of how to integrate curriculum into coaching cycles
  • Anecdotes that illustrate what Student-Centered Coaching looks like across grade levels and content areas

Designed to accompany Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2017) and Leading Student-Centered Coaching (2019), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching provides the reader with a clear vision for how coaching can promote both teacher and student learning.

"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 student 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, Author and Consultant



 
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

"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
Author and Consultant

"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
Corwin Author and Consultant

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