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Collaborative and Authentic Conversations through the art of coaching:. A coaching Story. Elizabeth Cifuentes ecifuentes@epsd.org. Welcome !. Help yourself to some candy  Select two different colors and keep these handy (do not eat) – you will be sharing Prepare to share your skittles. .

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collaborative and authentic conversations through the art of coaching

Collaborative and Authentic Conversations through the art of coaching:

A coaching Story

Elizabeth Cifuentes

ecifuentes@epsd.org

welcome
Welcome!
  • Help yourself to some candy 
  • Select two different colors and keep these handy (do not eat) – you will be sharing
  • Prepare to share your skittles.
skittles me skittles you
Skittles me …. Skittles you

State your name, job title, how many years of coaching you have, then answer the following questions based on your skittles colors:

RED: Are you an early (before 6am) or late riser?

ORANGE: What was your first job (after college?)

PURPLE: What is something that we wouldn’t know by your appearance?

GREEN: Why are you an educator?

YELLOW: Who has been the biggest influence in your profession?

mr butijustneedsomehelp
Mr. ButIJUStneedsomehelp…
  • “Between 40 – 50% of teachers will leave the classroom within their first 5 years” – Liz Riggs (2013)
game changers
Game-Changers…
  • “Coaching is one of the most – if not the most – highly effective vehicles for developing the professional capacity of our teachers and administrators”
  • Agree or Disagree?
  • While schools are designed to teach students, we must be equally attentive to the learning needs of our teachers and administrators to ensure they keep pace with a changing student body in an even faster changing world.”
  • - Laurelin Andrade – Blogger, edweek.org
role of the coach
Role of the Coach
  • Coaches are professionals who are committed to being lifelong learners and scholars through readings, research and professional development
  • Coaches work through a model of shared leadership in the planning and implementing of coaching experiences for teachers and other professionals.
  • Coaches will engage in collaboration and conversations about researched-based instructional practices for implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
our experiences are everything
Our Experiences are everything
  • We, not I
  • Sharing our experiences, frustrations and hopes help bond with others… even the reluctant.
timing is everything
Timing is everything

Ms. Iwasthinkingabout

  • Scenario  After many attempts to sit down and assist this teacher, you continually receive the “maybe next week” run-around. This educator clearly has no desire to meet with you in the beginning of the year. It is now January, and they had a “quick question about centers” but you have a fully booked week ahead….
    • Why would this teacher react this way towards a coach?
    • How do we respond?
timing is everything1
Timing is everything!
  • Although booked for the week, I rearranged my schedule, researched strategies and met her very next day. The first conversation was a great start!
  • “When a teacher asks for help accommodate him or her as soon as possible. Jump on opportunities where you are invited because their desire or willingness would diminish if you start with not being available.” – Jennifer Allen, 2006.
  • Being invited is a signal for some type of assistance and we need to take advantage of these openings.
building trust
Building Trust
  • Mr. Ifyousayso
    • Scenario Mr. Ifyousayso is always hesitant towards the beginning of every conference. He is compliant and “does” everything you ask of him. However, there is no real reflecting or exchanging of ideas.
    • Why would this teacher react this way towards a coach?
    • How do we respond?
building trust1
Building Trust
  • Kept making myself available, providing resources, having a “open” demeanor
  • Educator is now eager to try new strategies, think through the “teaching” process with me.
  • Working in classrooms is all about building relationships and establishing trust over time.
  • Following through on simple tasks. Ex. Providing a copy of a strategy quickly discussed.
  • Sharing stories of my teaching frustrations and how I overcame.
shared learning shared collaboration
Shared Learning… Shared Collaboration
  • Ms. Butcan’tyoujustcomein
  • Scenario  A teacher is constantly asking you to come teach their class. They explain, “I need to do more writing in my class, can you come in and just teach a writing lesson?” You feel obligated to come in but you know the teacher will not really observe or debrief with you…
    • Why would this teacher approach the coach in this manner?
    • How do we respond?
shared learning shared collaboration1
Shared Learning… Shared Collaboration
  • If this were followed, we would be teaching many classes, and teachers would never really learn. Modeling needs to be a shared learning experience.
  • When teachers ask if I can work in their room, this is a good response but they have to learn through it. Supporting classroom instruction is the same approach with learning… the desire to learn and change needs to stem from the individual teacher.
      • I model, We model, You model, We reflect.
slide16

“Coaching is all about change. Change occurs in small actions, week after week. It happens when we change what we do, what we think and believe and how we see the world”

-Karla Reiss

i model we model you model we reflect
I model, We model, You model, We reflect.

Becoming a Literacy Leader – Jennifer Allen (2006)

documentation
Documentation
  • Keeping records
  • Progress/Growth management
  • Samples
  • Blank form  Alter to fit your needs!
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First myth: Conflict is negative. Nature uses conflict as a motivator for change.

-Thomas Crum, The Magic of Conflict

further resources
Further Resources
  • Becoming a Literacy Leader - Jennifer Allen (2006)
  • Talk about Teaching – Charlotte Danielson (2009)
  • School Leadership that Works – Marzano, Waters, McNulty (2005)
  • Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches – Vogt & Shearer (2007)
takeaway folder
Takeaway Folder
  • Types of Coaching Handout – Roberta Apostolakis (2009)
  • Tips For Going Into Classrooms – Jennifer Allen (2006)
  • Coaching Styles of Feedback Language - Roberta Apostolakis (2009)
  • The Seven Norms of Collaborative Work – Robert Garmston, Ed.D
  • Sample of a coaching session – E. Cifuentes
  • Sample Documentation of coaching session – E. Cifuentes
  • After-Action Report (Post-Observation form) – University of Kansas – Center for Research on Learning
  • Reflection Sheet - University of Kansas – Center for Research on Learning
  • Protocol- Looking at Student Work – National School Reform Faculty
  • Article, “Use peer coaching to extend your skills,” Martha O. Deblieu
need further assistance
Need Further Assistance?

Elizabeth Cifuentes

ecifuentes@epsd.org

201-862-6000 x. 6720

Feel free to contact me!

All information is available business card.