• Coaching Conversations



  • Seven Ways Principals Can Improve Professional Conversations

    Coaching has quickly become one of the most popular forms of professional development in North American schools. More and more, coaches are partnering with teachers to improve instruction to increase student achievement and well-being, without being evaluative or directive. When done well, coaching is a managed conversation during which a coach assists a teacher as they identify goals, pinpoint strategies to hit those goals, and make adaptations to the strategies until goals are met.

  • Four Coaching Conversations for School Leaders

    Coaching can have a positive influence on staff wellbeing, morale and performance in schools. Denise Barrows outlines four particularly powerful coaching conversations that leaders can use to achieve this sort of transformative impact.

  • Books

  • How to Plan for Coaching Conversations

    If you plan for a coaching conversation it’s almost guaranteed to be smoother, go deeper, be more strategic, and result in transformational learning than had you just showed up and jumped in.




    Tools for Student-Centered Coaching

    Our top 5 student-centered coaching tools for instructional coaches

  • The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

    This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources.

  • Get Better Faster

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    In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must take to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed.


  • Everyday Instructional Coaching: Seven Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness (Instructional Leadership and Coaching Strategies for Teacher Support)

    Instructional coaches play a crucial role in helping educators meet the ever-changing demands of effective teaching and learning. With this practical guide, coaches will discover seven drivers they can use to best support teachers in their daily work: (1) collaboration, (2) transparency, (3) inquiry, (4) discourse, (5) reverberation, (6) sincerity, and (7) influence. 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.

  • Videos

  • Leading Student-Centered Coaching: Building Principal and Coach Partnerships

    Strong leadership is essential in any successful instructional coaching effort. This action-oriented guide provides principals and district leaders with the background, practices, and tools required for leading coaching efforts that have a measurable impact on student and teacher learning. Filled with ideas that school leaders can easily apply.

  • Amplify Your Impact: Coaching Collaborative Teams in PLCs (Instructional Leadership Development and Coaching Methods for Collaborative Learning)

    Amplify Your Impact presents K-12 educators and school leadership with a collaborative approach to coaching teachers in their PLCs. The authors share best practices and processes teams can rely on to ensure they are doing the right work in a cycle of continuous improvement. Discover concrete action steps your school can take to adopt proven collaborative coaching methods, fortify teacher teams, support leadership development, and ultimately improve student learning in classrooms.

  • Why Principals Must Support Coaches

  • ROE #1 LEAD Project School Leadership Matters Part II: Coaching



  • Conferencing to Set the Stage for Coaching Conversations

    Creating a conversational tone in coaching conferences helps communicate a peer-to-peer process that encourages teacher reflection. Open questions are helpful in setting this tone. Steve defines how open questions help identify the teacher’s agenda (thinking) behind a focus point for the observation.

  • 17: Coaching a First-Year Teacher with Abigail Brown

    This week, Elena coaches Abigail Brown, a first year teacher, on how to prioritize the overwhelm of teaching.



  • 4 Coaching Strategies for Managers from Skills Coach

    What makes a good manager? While many factors need to be considered, Google found that being a good coach is one of the most common traits found in top managers. But coaching isn’t an ability that managers are born with. It’s a collection of skills – from active listening to asking questions – that needs to be put into daily practice.

  • Two Coaching Gurus Walked Into a… Zoom Meeting?

    Elena Aguilar joined Instructional Coaching Group’s Jim Knight for a wide-ranging and fascinating discussion on resilience, coaching, and more.

  • Leadership Coaching Blog with Jimmy Casas

    Jimmy Casas is the CEO and president of J Casas and Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at serving teachers, principals and superintendents in school districts across the country by providing high quality, practical and meaningful coaching support.

  • A Principal’s Guide to Coaching Teachers

  • Leading Student-Centered Coaching - Expect Coaching Cycles



    Leaders as Coaches

    In this episode of the podcast, Steve relates the need for coaching as the leadership behavior that is required to support educators serving students today.

  • S2 E8 Critical Feedback and Difficult Conversations

    Jenn David-Lang of The Main Idea and I talk about critical feedback and difficult conversations.  Our conversation is based on a chapter in a new book by Jenn David-Lang and Kim Marshall - The Best of the Marshall Memo Book One: Ideas and Action Steps to Energize Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.  This is a wide-ranging discussion about strategies for having crucial conversations with students, colleagues, staff, and parents.


  • Student-Centered Coaching as a Pathway to Equity

    We are called to serve all students through coaching, and if the coaching model doesn’t focus on students, then why do we bother? (part 1 of a 3 part series)

  • The Power of Educational Coaching

    Blogger and school principal Ben Johnson explains how educational coaching can transform classrooms.

  • Five Practices to Do Today for More Effective Instructional Coaching

    As a principal or teacher leader, when you sit down for a “coaching” session with your laptop or yellow legal pad and pen, ask yourself honestly if this is truly a coaching conversation or a feedback session. And then call it what it is, or more importantly, don’t call it what it’s not—coaching.