Back to Educational Leadership November 2019 A Culture of Coaching
A Culture of Coaching
Instructional coaching and leadership coaching have become key forms of educator professional development and growth. The November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the dynamics of effective coaching and how schools can create the right conditions to support it.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
14 Why Teacher Autonomy Is Central to Coaching Success
To foster improvement and responsible accountability, instructional coaches must honor teachers’ choices and discretion.
22 You Can’t Have a Coaching Culture Without a Structure
Ten key elements can help school leaders design stronger coaching programs.
30 If Instructional Coaching Really Works, Why Isn’t It Working?
Michael S. Moody
Schools must build a system of coaching rather than relying on individual coaches to carry the load.
38 How to Get the Most Out of a Coaching Session
Nina J. Morel
Six tips to help teachers bring their A game to coaching opportunities.
44 What You Practice Is What You Value
A culture of coaching depends on a shared language around specific teaching skills and a norm of constant practice.
50 Using Video to Showcase Great Teaching
To create a robust video coaching culture at your school, keep it upbeat and low-stakes.
53 Assessing Your School’s Readiness for Coaching
Before you dive into a coaching program, make sure your school has the foundations and practices to maintain it.
56 Our Journey to Improve Coaching
Lora DeWalt and Tammy Mayberry
How one district reinvented its coaching program by focusing on community, relationships, and time.
62 A New Paradigm for Leadership Coaching in Schools
Targeted training for principal coaches can be a difference-maker in school leadership development.
68 A Principal’s Guide to Supporting Instructional Coaching
Jacy Ippolito and Rita M. Bean
Leadership practices can make or break a school’s coaching culture.
74 “But I Don’t Need a Coach!”
Strategies for developing coaching partnerships with reluctant teachers.
78 How Good Coaches Build Alliance with Teachers
Jennifer D. Pierce
Coaches, like therapists, must recognize that relationships are foundational to their work.
9 Reader’s Guide/Expanding on Coaching’s Potential
84 Research Matters/Finding the Right Glue
Bryan Goodwin and Meagan Taylor
Peer coaching—done well—can make professional learning stick.
86 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Don’t Just Think Aloud, Think Along
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
When you think aloud to help students grasp a concept, make sure they’re thinking with you.
88 Leading Together/Talking It Out
Jill Harrison Berg
Using coaching skills to engage in emotionally charged conversations.
90 Confronting Inequity/Free the Lesson Plans!
Matthew R. Kay
How short-term lesson-planning requirements disrupt good teaching.
92 One to Grow On/Collegial Conversations Can Fuel Teacher Growth
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Frequent idea-sharing and structured peer coaching energize teachers.
6 Readers React
82 Index to Advertisers
94 Tell Us About/Readers reflect on a coaching moment that changed their way of thinking.
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Coaching Conversations
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Coaching Without Coaches
McKenna A. Serowka
Innovative opt-in approaches helped one school make it easier for teachers to be observed and get structured feedback from colleagues.