CCSD SECONDARY INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES

Our Book Study

Our book study gave us an opportunity to begin to transform our schools one conversation at a time.



Our Blendspace

Blendspace afforded us the opportunity to transform the way we learn.  We learn best when we learn from each other.  We blended ideas from all over the web in one space.



Our Edivation Video Observation

On-demand professional learning permitted the opportunity to experience got-a-minute coaching conversations in a personalized manner, meeting our needs and aspirations.



Our Smores

Digital Interactive Flyers transformed the way we communicate curriculum ideas with each other.  Each month we viewed CCSD Curriculum-at-a Glance.



Our Google+ Community

Coaching is our passion and our common interest, so it's only natural that we share a space to collect ideas, images, messages and more.




Our Coaching Rounds


In order to enhance our coaching skills and develop a culture of collaboration, coaching rounds concluded the year.  How sweet it is to capture our coaching logs and data in Google!

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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One of the most powerful activities we engaged in as a group of coaches was reading the article "Reprising Coaching Heavy and Coaching Light" by Joellen Killion. This article focused on the deeper aspects of coaching so that teacher practice is transformed in order to improve student achievement. Engaging in activities with the book study helped solidify how commited listening and powerful speaking with teachers can further transform practice. The coaching rounds we held at individual schools focused the needs at particular schools and coaches. These helped focus their work through the lens of our book study with Coaching Conversations.

2 years ago
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The Coaching Conversations book afforded some great discussions about our roles as coaches and have me a direction with which to go this year. I also really enjoyed seeing my colleagues in action and the debriefing of those observations. I hope we can expand this process and possibly create a rubric with which to evaluate on another next year.

2 years ago
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Laura, your idea is great! Let's continue our work next year focusing on the notion of creating a rubric.

2 years ago
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I really enjoyed our book study on "The Coaching Conversations." As a first year coach, I found the book, the great conversations that we had during our coaches meetings as well as the coaching rounds that we all participated in to be very helpful, supportive, and eye opening. Applying what I have learned thus far, has helped me to become a better coach (knowing that I still have more learning and growing to do). I would like to see us continue into next year with a refresher/reminder on the key points from the book as well as to continue with the observations.

2 years ago
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I also enjoyed the book study. Our readings and discussions encouraged me to be mindful of so many aspects of not only coaching and effective leadership, but life skills. Although this is only my second year as a coach and my first year in the CCSD, I know I have already experienced growth and will continue to grow as a professional and as a person through these sessions. I look forward to continuing the journey this coming school year!

2 years ago
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I really appreciate our monthly secondary coaches meetings. When I joined the team in September, we were examining the difference between "heavy" and "light" coach. At the heart of that was our conversation about committed listening and it's role in our practice. This set the tone for what I would continue to appreciate as an opportunity for reflection and introspection. Each person in our learning community brings various strengths that we all value. As coaches, one of our task is to help the teachers we support to continue to see the value in this work so that they can remain excited and engaged about teaching and learning. Therefore, it's important that we have this support system, this safety net so that we also continue to grow in our role. It was a highlight of the year when we visited each other's schools. I certainly appreciated the exchange and look forward to more of the same. I value our district coaches' leadership. They are excellent role models and worthy of emulation. The format of our sessions, the technology integration, the norms and protocols established are all components that we can use to refine our toolboxes.

2 years ago
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Our self-study on our coaching practices (coaching rounds) impacted me personally and professionally. It was interesting and exciting to see the different ways each of us approaches our work with teachers, with our curriculum, and with teams. Being able to observe each coach in their own school environment, engaged in the work with teachers, brought so much insight into the practices we studied in "Coaching Conversations." The follow-up conversations were powerful and helped each of us to have a better understanding or a more complete understanding of various ways of working with teachers and situations that come up day to day. This is truly the important work!

2 years ago
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I loved the book study. It was a very applicable and really helped me figure out how to have the difficult conversations that often come up in coaching. I really enjoyed hearing from the other coaches too. I learned a lot and got some great ideas from their experience. The coaching cycle was also really beneficial. I enjoyed watching my peers working through their coaching process and the small group conversations were extremely helpful and personalized.