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Student-Centered Coaching
A Guide for K–8 Coaches and Principals


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Coaching | Principalship

© 2011 | 232 pages | Corwin

"Student-Centered Coaching will change the conversation about coaching in this country. Sweeney shows us how vital it is to focus our coaching efforts on the ultimate beneficiary—the student."
—Ellin Oliver Keene, Author and Consultant

"An excellent resource that should be on the bookshelf of every principal and instructional coach."
—Roberto Pamas, Principal
O.W. Holmes Middle School, Alexandria, VA

Improve student outcomes with data-driven coaching

Student-Centered Coaching is grounded in a simple but powerful premise: school-based coaching can be designed to directly impact student learning. When the focus is shifted from "fixing" teachers to collaborating with them in designing instruction that targets student achievement, coaching becomes both more respectful and results-based. The book also underscores the critical role of the principal in developing systems and structures for supporting teacher development and fostering a culture of learning. Each chapter includes:

  • A model for designing and implementing student-centered coaching
  • Data-driven coaching tools and techniques focused on student learning
  • A framework for measuring the coaching's impact
  • Specific practices for leading a student-centered coaching effort

Also included are exercises designed to promote coach and principal collaboration, giving them essential tools for enhancing student achievement.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Section I: Establishing Student-Centered Coaching
 
1. The Next Generation of Coaching… Coaching Student Learning
What is Student-Centered Coaching?  
The Connection Between Goals for Student Learning and Teaching Practice  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
2. Getting Student-Centered Coaching Up and Running
Coaching in the First Few Weeks of School  
Coaching Cycles  
Building a Schedule that Impacts Students and Teachers  
Developing Relationships with All Teachers  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
3. Crafting a Culture of Learning
Designing a Learning Culture  
Four Studies in Culture  
Cultural Rites of Passage  
The Role of Relationships  
Qualities of a School with a Culture of Learning  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
Section II: Data as an Essential Component of Student-Centered Coaching
 
4. Data and Student-Centered Coaching
Why Use Data?  
Coaching in Data-Driven Schools  
A Case Study in Using Data: Denver School of Science and Technology  
Coaching with Student Data  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
5. Measuring the Impact of Student-Centered Coaching
A Model for Evaluating Coaching  
Creating Assessment Checklists and Rubrics  
Evaluating the Impact of Coaching Small Groups of Teachers  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
Final Thoughts  
 
Section III: Practices for Student-Centered Coaching
 
6. Student-Centered Classroom Observations
Three Generations of Learning Labs  
Which Type of Lab is Right for You?  
Coaching and Learning Labs  
Informal Observations that Make an Impact  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
7. Developing Systems and Structures for Teacher Learning
A Student-Centered Framework for Professional Development  
Coaching as an Essential Element of Professional Development  
A Case Study in Student-Centered Professional Development: Goldrick Elementary  
The Important Role of Teacher Leaders  
What About the "Tougher" Teachers?  
Teacher Evaluation  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
8. Engaging the Adult Learner
Risk, Relationship, and Coaching  
Coaching Across  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
9. Developing Systems and Structures to Support Coaches
A Curriculum for Supporting New Coaches  
Coaching Labs  
Meanwhile... in the Principal's Office  
Tools and Techniques  
A Final Thought  
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"Student-Centered Coaching will change the conversation about coaching in this country. Sweeney shows us how vital it is to focus our coaching efforts on the ultimate beneficiary—the student."

Ellin Oliver Keene, Author and Consultant

"This is a timely and important piece in the coaching world. The only way we will help schools reach meaningful change is to focus on students rather than teachers."

Jennifer Thoma, Instructional Coach
Northeast Elementary ASCD, Ankeny, IA

"This book is a must have for new instructional coaches. I wish I had it at the beginning of my first year!"

Kevin Schlomer, Instructional Coach
Ankeny Community School District, IA

"The breadth and depth of the author's knowledge led me to want to dig deeper and improve my coaching skills, and to advocate for student-centered coaching districtwide."

Mary L. Morris, Instructional Coach for Math & Science
Tacoma Public Schools, WA

"Sweeney’s stories of coaching and the useful materials, tips, and protocols bring student-centered coaching alive. This book has the power to revolutionize the ways coaching is conceptualized and enacted in K–12 schools nationwide."

Nancy Fichtman Dana, Professor of Education
University of Florida School of Teaching and Learning
Key features
(1) Provides a unique model of student-centered coaching, in which coaches and teachers work in collaboration with an explicit focus on student achievement.

(2) Emphasizes collaboration between principals and coaches in creating systems and an overall climate to support teacher learning.

(3) A proven model: the author has field-tested her approach to in a variety of schools and districts and has achieved measurable results.

(4) Includes numerous tools, templates, and protocols for use by coaches and principals.

(5) Each chapter includes exercises designed to promote coach/principal collaboration.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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