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Coaching Conversations

Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time
Second Edition
By: Linda M. Gross Cheliotes, Marceta F. Reilly

Foreword by Simon T Bailey

The Second Edition of this best-selling handbook provides school leaders with simple yet powerful coaching conversation tools to rally school community stakeholders to work collaboratively toward transformation.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544319711
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 128
  • Publication date: May 07, 2018

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Focus the power of your collaborative school community with powerful coaching conversations!

Effective coaching conversations are powerful tools to rally your school-community stakeholders to work collaboratively toward transformation, and, ultimately, share in success. The Second Edition of this best-selling handbook includes new neuroscientific research that demonstrates the potential for change in schools and expands the approach to cover teacher/student interaction. In addition to learning techniques to engage and motivate, readers will discover how to:

· Develop relational trust within the school that heightens personal growth and supports student achievement

· Utilize the power of committed listening, intentional conversations, and nonjudgmental feedback

· Create positive changes in how people think and interact

Being a successful school leader has become an increasingly complex role that demands not only tremendous knowledge and skills, but also highly developed interpersonal skills. Written with an easy-to-use approach, this handbook provides simple yet powerful coaching strategies to help school community members work together toward positive school transformation.

Key features

This book includes:

  • visuals such as the Leadership Practices Continuum
  • extensive actual examples of coaching conversations and cases
  • a short summary at the end of each chapter
  • metaphors for skill reinforcement throughout
  • specific resources, such as a listening skills checklist
  • an annotated bibliography and appendices such as lists of conversational stems


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Linda M. Gross Cheliotes

Consulting Description

Linda Gross Cheliotes has over 38 years of successful educational experience, including fourteen years as a school administrator. As principal, she transformed her underperforming school to a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. She was named a National Distinguished Principal in 2002 and holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

For the past two years, Dr. Gross has been a coach and trainer with Coaching for Results, Inc, a national consortium of school leadership coaches. She is a founding member and coach for NAESP’s principal mentor certification program. Dr. Gross currently works with the New York City Council of School Administrators’ Educational Leadership Institute, providing professional development for assistant principals who aspire to become principals. She has presented numerous professional development programs at the national, state, and local levels.

Dr. Gross is a member of the International Coach Federation and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Marceta F. Reilly photo

Marceta F. Reilly

Consulting Description

Marceta Reilly, PhD, has 42 years of experience in education, moving from teacher to principal to school superintendent in Kansas. Her vision and passion were to create schools that were welcoming to students and families, and centers of learning and success for the entire community.

Dr. Reilly is now a leadership coach and has the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation. She is a founding member of Coaching for Results, Inc., and dedicated to partnering with school leaders who are doing transformational work. She uses coaching conversations to help her clients gain insight and confidence, and she helps build their capacity to be extraordinary leaders, based on their individual, innate strengths.

Dr. Reilly regularly conducts workshops about coaching conversations. She is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences, and has been invited to present these ideas to audiences in China (2007) and India (2009).

Learn more at http://marcetareilly.com/leadership-that-inspires.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Simon T. Bailey



About the Authors

1. Coaching Conversations: The Link to Change

What Is a Coaching Conversation?

Why Our Brains Need Coaching

Why Trust Matters

Holding Difficult Conversations

Moving Toward Coaching Conversations


Reflections for Practice

2. Coaching, Mentoring and the Leadership Continuum

Leadership Practices Continuum

How the Continuum Works in Practice

Being a Coach-Like Mentor

The Case for Being Coach-Like


Reflections for Practice

3. Committed Listening

Listening Assessment

Moving to Action

Components of Committed Listening

Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

Value Silence

Unproductive Patterns of Listening

Listen Without Obligation to Act


Reflections for Practice

4. Powerful Speaking and Questioning

Expressing Positive Intent

Avoid Advice

Ask Powerful Questions


Reflections for Practice

5. Reflective Feedback

The Importance of Feedback

Three Types of Feedback

Options for Offering Meaningful Feedback


Framing an Important Conversation Using Reflective Feedback

Journal Reflection About an Important Upcoming Conversation

Using the Reflective Feedback Frame to Support Excellence

Reframing Resistance


Reflections for Practice

6. Moving to Action: A Way of Being

The Basic Framework

Study 1: Using the Reflective Framework in a Supervisory Coaching Conversatio

Study 2: Using the Reflective Framework for Large Scale Challenges

Next Steps


Reflections for Practice


Appendix A: Powerful, Open-Ended Questions

Appendix B: Reflective Feedback

Appendix C: Reframing Resistance

Appendix D: Reflective Feedback Framework for Coaching Conversations



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