LEARNER-CENTERED COACHING

Instructional coaches play a crucial role in helping educators meet the ever-changing demands of learner-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Our goal is simple – to strengthen collective teacher efficacy system wide. Instructional coaching should be a daily, intentional and purposeful engagement of all learners in a school community to support teaching and learning in innovative and transformational ways. Our coaching pathway leverages the 4-tenents of student-centered learning:

 

Learning is competency based

Learning is student-owned

Learning is personalized

Learning happens anytime and anywhere

Coaches can use their influence to create demand for, inspire and catalyze change. 

 

– Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

EVERYDAY INSTRUCTIONAL COACHING
by Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Everyday instructional coaching examines how to align the role of the instructional coach with today’s changing classrooms and demands on teaching and learning.  With our practical approach, K-12 coaches, school leaders, and teacher leaders will explore seven drivers they can use to improve their own daily coaching practices to best support teachers in their everyday work: (1) collaboration (2) transparency (3) inquiry (4) discourse (5) reverberation (6) sincerity and (7) influence.  These drivers offer innovative approaches to constantly changing education contexts.

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Learner-Centered Coaching Outcomes:

 

Explore the seven daily drivers necessary to become a more effective instructional coach.

Gain strategies to strengthen relationships with teachers and teacher teams.
Strengthen learner-centered practices to expand student ownership.

Access tools strategies to strengthen relationships with teachers and teacher teams.

Understand the sociocultural psychology and evidence that support our seven drivers.

 
Coaching for Efficacy
WORKSHOPS IN THIS SERIES:

THE DAY IN

THE LIFE

OF A COACH

CREATING A

COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY

DEVELOPING A CULTURE

OF TRUST THROUGH TRANSPARENCY

LEADING A CULTURE OF INQUIRY THROUGH COACHING

The Day in the Life of a Coach

 

In some respects, the instructional coaching role is still being defined. Any ambiguity can lead to coaches focusing on everything else but coaching. To ensure this doesn’t happen coaches must clearly define roles, develop a shared vision for coaching amongst staff, identify SMART goals aligned to school initiatives, and create a project calendar that clear articulates a daily/weekly schedule for the coach. In this workshop, coaches will discover tools that will help them prioritize their role and organize their day.

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  • Create a framework that explicitly states how the coach supports teachers and the goals of the school.

  • Practice using tools to keep the coach focused on utilizing effective coaching practices.

  • Explore strategies for effective facilitation of collaborative team meetings and PLCs.

Creating a Collaborative Community

 

Coaches can establish a diverse, inclusive, purposeful, and collaborative community when they take the temperature of the school climate and invite people who have differing views to the table. Coaches often meet heavy resistance to collaboration because their schools have had an impermeable culture of continuing with practices that “work,” without questioning their validity, even when circumstances have changed. In this workshop, participants will practice strategies to help them collaborate at the highest levels, tackling implicit biases, leveraging diversity, and embracing different personality types.

  • Practice strategies (e.g. the PAUSE strategy) that target and eliminate bias to ensure a positive and successful collaboration.                                                        

  • Discover where dissonance exists in their school, and develop strategies to help champion diversity of thought, create new ideas, and monitor growth.

  • Examine the concepts of groupthink and introversion versus extroversion, considering a variety of balancing methods that can be incorporated into the practice.

Developing a Culture of Trust Through Transparency

 

Coaches are able to create trusting, positive, and collaborative environments when they are transparent about their intentions, their goals, and even their own flaws and mistakes in teaching. Transparency drives action because it allows all stakeholders to drop their defenses and be palpably honest in their current understanding and practice. In this workshop, participants will explore tools like walkthroughs, 360s, and pulse checks to develop greater transparency in their school community.

  • Actively change the reality of what we have always done by first addressing how to capture current levels of transparency in a school building.

  • Erode secretive and unhealthy communication while promoting honest and transparent ways of working through (1) walkthroughs, (2) 360-degree appraisals, and (3) weekly pulse checks.

  • Explore three fears that, if not addressed, create barriers for trust, loyalty, and transparency between school leaders and teachers.

Leading a Culture of Inquiry through Coaching

 

Coaches can help teachers learn and grow not by telling them what to do but by asking questions and promoting inquiry. The school environment, the classroom, and the teaching profession are all undergoing large-scale changes in how they function in the context of global education. As our circumstances change, so must our thinking, and so must the questions we ask. If coaches continually ask questions, they have a better chance of arriving at solutions that will move teaching and learning forward. In this workshop, participants will apply the questioning model for spawning inquiry and explore effective questioning techniques that coaches can apply in the instructional coaching context.

  • Apply the Why-What if-How model to ensure they ask the most crucial questions to achieve the outcomes they desire. 

  • Employ the Question Formulation Technique as coaches to assist in leading change, growing professionally, and becoming deeper thinkers. 

  • Practice reframing coaching conversations using an inquiry framework to ensure the school community is generating the most innovative ideas to drive student learning.

 
 
 
 
JUMP START YOUR LEARNING
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Everyday Instructional Coaching

by Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Dive into the seven daily drivers! Each chapter offers instructional coaching strategies, daily practices, research, and examples to help readers evaluate, refine, and implement these drivers in their educational coaching and teacher support.

 
 
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