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Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H.

5 Strategies for Supporting Teaching and Learning
By: Matt Renwick

Foreword by Regie Routman

Written with a practical approach, this book provides new and veteran school leaders with easily adoptable ideas for supporting teachers and their teams to achieve excellence.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071840474
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: February 22, 2022

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Expand your leadership capacity to help your school reach its potential

All schools have the capacity for schoolwide instructional excellence. Schools with leaders who adopt a coaching stance as part of their practice are more likely to realize this success. Leaders achieve success with their teachers, their students, and their families, not alone.

Leading like a C.O.A.C.H. reframes the approach to schoolwide change from a leader acting alone to a leader working with a community in which each member contributes their strengths and ideas to improving instruction. Renwick, a well-known blogger and writer on literacy and leadership, encourages school leaders to embody five practices: 1. Create confidence through trust; 2. Organize around a priority; 3. Affirm promising practices; 4. Communicate feedback; and 5. Help teachers become leaders and learners. Throughout this practical guide, readers will find

  • Reflective questions
  • Activities
  • Indicators of success
  • Examples of leaders coaching teachers to excellence
  • Wisdom from the field     

This book provides new and veteran leaders with a practical approach and easily adoptable ideas for helping their schools realize their full potential.

Key features

  • Reflective questions
  • Activities
  • Success indicators
  • Special notes
  • Examples of leaders coaching teachers to excellence
  • Wisdom From the Field


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Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick has served in public education for over 20 years. He started as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Matt now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District. See more of his work at https://mattrenwick.com/.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

Foreword by Regie Routman


The Purpose of This Book

My Coaching Journey

Reflective Questions

Chapter 1: Why Should I Lead Like a Coach?

Benefits of Leading Like a Coach

Expand on Your Current Identities

Shifting Toward a Coaching Stance

Reflective Questions

Chapter 2: How Instructional Walks Help Leaders Adopt a Coaching Stance

Introducing Instructional Walks

The Instructional Walk Process

From Judging to Learning

What Instructional Walks Are Not

Reflective Questions

Chapter 3: Create Confidence Through Trust

Defining Trust

Four Conditions for Trust

Condition 1: Consistency

Condition 2: Compassion

Condition 3: Communication

Condition 4: Competence

Success Indicators for Creating Confidence Through Trust

Reflective Questions

Chapter 4: Organize Around a Priority

Defining a Priority

Step 1: Analyze and Understand Your Current Reality

Step 2: Examine Your Beliefs About Instruction

Step 3: Engage in Focused Professional Learning

Step 4: Create Collective Commitments Around Promising Practices

Success Indicators for Organizing Around a Priority

Reflective Questions

Chapter 5: Affirm Promising Practices

Four Principles for Initiating Positive Change

Principle 1: Adopt an Instructional Framework

Principle 2: Learn With Your Faculty

Principle 3: Develop Collaborative Learning Communities

Principle 4: Institutionalize Promising Practices

Success Indicators of Affirming Promising Practices

Reflective Questions

Chapter 6: Communicate Feedback

Defining Feedback

Communicating Feedback Through Engagement (vs. Bypass)

Differentiating Feedback to Meet Teachers’ Needs

Example 6.1: Exploring New Ideas for Classroom Management

Example 6.2: How the Task Supports Student Engagement

Example 6.3: A Better Way to Assess

Success Indicators for Communicating Feedback

Reflective Questions

Chapter 7: Help Teachers Become Leaders and Learners

A Journey to Excellence

Example 7.1: Teacher Self-Assessment (Wilmot Elementary School, Jefferson County Public Schools, Denver, Colorado)

Example 7.2: Residency Model for Professional Development (Winnipeg School District, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Success Indicators of Helping Teachers Become Leaders and Learners

Final Reflective Questions

Conclusion: What Will Be Your Legacy?





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