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Diane R. Sweeney

Sweeney, Diane

Diane Sweeney has been an author and educational consultant since 1999.  The author of Moves for Launching a New Year of Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2022), Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Corwin, 2021), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018), and Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then, she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.

Areas of expertise
  • Coaching
  • Student-Centered Classrooms


  • Student-Centered Coaching: In this seminar, participants will be introduced to the theories and practices for student-centered coaching, a model for coaching that is less about fixing teachers and more about student learning. Particular emphasis will be placed on how student-centered coaching supports the implementation of the Standards for College and Career Readiness across grades K-12. Topics will include: coaching cycles with individuals and small groups, goal-setting with teachers, unpacking standards with teachers, scheduling coaching, and monitoring student and teacher growth across a coaching cycle.

    Attendees will:

    • Understand the core practices for student-centered coaching
    • Compare student-centered coaching with other models for coaching
    • Support teachers to set measurable goals for student learning
    • Unpack the Standards for College and Career Readiness as an integral part of the coaching cycle
    • Document the impact of a coaching cycle from beginning to end
    • Establish a plan for collaboration between the coach and school leader

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What People are Saying

“Our teachers gave a great deal of positive feedback. They noted that they learned a great deal that they felt could be piloted the remainder of the school year and into the next. This was an excellent professional learning opportunity for all the attendees”

-Erin Murray, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Simsbury Public Schools, CT