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To change teaching, change the metaphor

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Policymakers and administrators try to improve teaching through legislation, teacher evaluation, and professional development. But because teaching is profoundly and often unconsciously affected by...
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Teachers design the context

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How Do We Know Our Coaching Is Effective?

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It seems that coaches need feedback, as well as teachers and students.  

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Growing new teacher leaders: "7 Steps to Becoming a Leadership Hit Squad"

Growing new teacher leaders:  "7 Steps to Becoming a Leadership Hit Squad" | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Capable people, who walk in the shadows, represent wasted, untapped potential. Leadership hit squads target the overlooked and under-utilized for greater more fulfilling involvement. The target for...
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"The target for leaders is developing leaders."

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders
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They forgot "open to feedback"!~

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Tips for supporting instructional coaches

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Have you ever been coached? Coaches can impact form, structure, content and meaning, regardless of the field in which they coach. I am blessed to work i
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 30, 10:36 AM

I am passionate about professional learning, but found that the instructional coaches were about telling rather than listening.

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When Change Has Legs: Educational Leadership

When Change Has Legs:  Educational Leadership | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it

ke broad changes.  

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Great article regarding what works when schools attempt to make broad changes.  While the administrator must be a political visionary, he/she often cannot be the practical visionary making it happen.  

 

There are conversations worth having around the following key ideas:  

1.  Conversations about the framework

2.  Conversations about community  and 

3. Conversations about institutionalization

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 30, 5:01 PM

Leadership is situational, contextual, and particular.

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Lateral Thinking - Let the Fool in | Passionate About Business

Lateral Thinking - Let the Fool in | Passionate About Business | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Q. Besides color and free food, what is it that truly ranks Google as the best place to work? A. It's making space for this: Employee Engagement beyond culture.
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Shovel or Spoon?

Shovel or Spoon? | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
I read an article by one of my favorite writers in education, Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) .  In it, Bill asks tweeps "what one bit of advice" he should give district leaders around technology.  Tim W...
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Learning needs to be at the front of everything we do!

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 4, 2013 9:11 AM

Learning is the goal!  

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The Paradoxical Conception of Group Dynamics (Smith and Berg)

The Paradoxical Conception of Group Dynamics  (Smith and Berg) | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
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Effective group work depends on an understanding of the paradoxes of this work.  If the group can learn to embrace and work through the conflicts, good things can happen.  

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Moving to Central Office & Staying Student Centred

Moving to Central Office & Staying Student Centred | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Over the summer I will be transitioning from my role as a school based administrator and moving into a system wide, central office position. After 14 years as a principal I feel up to the new chall...
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Beautiful reflection ~

 

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 2013 9:23 AM

I fnd it is very difficult over time. Many administrators retain the language and vocabulary but not the actions.

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Meaningful Mentoring: 4 Tips on Taking Advice

Meaningful Mentoring: 4 Tips on Taking Advice | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
“Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deply in your mind that the counsel is wise." - Joan Rivers
 
Throughout our lives, during times of uncertainty we seek guidance and wisdom from those we are close to.

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There is an art to "taking" advice........

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John Michel's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:02 PM

How we adopt advice should improve as we become more self-aware. Our reason for seeking counsel continually changes with heightened self-awareness. Who we look to for advice changes as we grow older, and as we better understand both the perspective of those we surround ourselves with, and their relationship to us. We become more tuned into our ability to compare and contrast what we truly want and how to weigh others’ insights.

ratzelster's curator insight, June 1, 2013 5:29 AM

Finding a valued source of wisdom is critical because no one can go it alone.   And finding someone who matches with your style, understanding your circumstances and your organization is key.

Deborah Long's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:54 PM

Seeking guidance from those you trust is what a mentoring relationship is all about. Taking the advice and reflecting on the decision to be made must be given sound consideration.

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Leadership: "I don't agree " !

Leadership: "I don't agree " ! | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Don't say you agree with me. When People agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong ...

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Love this:  " the dissenting voice gets stifled when it is not well received."


The dissenting voice often includes divergent pieces that are missing in an otherwise brilliant body of work.  Listen carefully.  Good could become better .

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 24, 2013 4:06 PM

This is really thought provoking and promotes the idea that innovation comes from the fringes, from non-conformity, and from the disagreeable.

Elaine Cox's curator insight, May 25, 2013 2:30 AM

Thought provoking and promotes the idea that leaders need to be brave enough to welcome dissention.

David Keuning's curator insight, May 25, 2013 11:39 AM

It is so important to teach your employees to speak truth to power.  If your management team has 10 people and they ALL agree with you ALL of the time, then 9 are redundant.  It's the ability to harnass a variety of perspectives that distinguishes a high performing team.  

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How bad things can happen to good people who lack emotional intelligence

How bad things can happen to good people who lack emotional intelligence | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
School and school system leaders are far more likely to get into difficulty because of low social and emotional intelligence than because of deficiencies in their technical knowledge. At least that...
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The thing is, HOW you do what you do matters.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:23 PM

"Because these leaders often have a high need to control people and situations, they are unlikely to trust others or to delegate." They are not leaders then.

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Leadership lessons from a bowl of porridge | The Learning Factor

Leadership lessons from a bowl of porridge | The Learning Factor | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
 
Let’s face it, change is a pain. My wife loves to cook and decided she wanted a Thermomix for her birthday.  Although there is no appliance she doesn’t already own, a Thermomix was what she wanted.

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, David Hain
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"As leaders our job is to inspire and show our teams the vision of what they could be after they embrace change!! Hmmm, something to ponder over as I eat another bowl of porridge."

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:17 PM

What I learned about leadership from my bowl of porridge.

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Job-Embedded Professional Development

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Job-embedded professional development (JEPD) refers to teacher learning that is grounded in
day-to-day teaching practice and is designed to enhance teachers’ content-specific instructional
practices with the intent of improving student learning (Darling-Hammond & McLaughlin, 1995;
Hirsh, 2009). It is primarily school or classroom based and is integrated into the workday,
consisting of teachers assessing and finding solutions for authentic and immediate problems
of practice as part of a cycle of continuous improvement (Hawley & Valli, 1999; National Staff
Development Council, 2010). JEPD is a shared, ongoing process that is locally rooted and makes
a direct connection between learning and application in daily practice, thereby requiring active
teacher involvement in cooperative, inquiry-based work (Hawley & Valli, 1999). High-quality JEPD
also is aligned with state standards for student academic achievement and any related local
educational agency and school improvement goals (Hirsh, 2009).'

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Coaching Groups: Effective Languages in Learning Groups

Coaching Groups:  Effective Languages in Learning Groups | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
    I had the very fortunate luck of attending  Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute last summer.  One of the mini-sessions I attended was "Effec...
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What we say and how we say it matters a great deal!

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The Hardest Part of Teaching

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They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate....
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Coaching Models

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Explore Ariana Amorim's hand-picked collection of Pins about Coaching Models on Pinterest. | See more about coaching, life coaching and therapy worksheets.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 10:03 PM

There are a lot of posters which tie into meditation and mindfulness.

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Planning Professional Learning: Educational Leadership

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May 2014

 

With backward planning, schools can ensure that they choose professional development activities aligned with their most important goals.

 

Essentially, the idea is to plan backwards: 

 

Student learning outcomesNew practices to be implementedNeeded organizational supportDesired educator knowledge and skills andOptimal professional learning activities
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What Induction Coaches Do

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 What Induction Coaches Do   by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher and Learnist Evangelist New teachers face many challenges. They are entering the field at one of the most demanding times ever, and turnover is high....
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"The coaches observe and offer suggestions, help teachers design and achieve goals, and give new teachers a sounding board when sticky situations arise. Often new teachers feel insecure asking questions of evaluators, fearing they may not be doing well enough, and that their job could be at risk."

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If I Could Change One Thing About Our Education System It Would Be...

If I Could Change One Thing About Our Education System It Would Be... | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
In this op-ed, a veteran educator shares what she thinks would drastically improve the teaching profession.
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Great article!

 

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 But, the reality is that many of the mandates that come down from above make a great deal of sense in theory, but are impractical, ineffective, or impossible in practice with actual students.

In my opinion, if state boards of education were made up primarily of educators, the profession would undoubtedly be strengthened and elevated."

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Do we TRULY collaborate?

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Do we really collaborate?  Or are we simply communicating, coordinating and cooperating?  

 

 

Daniel Wilson:
Effective Professional Learning Communities:
Supporting Learning in and Staff Rooms and Classrooms
Project Zero Summer Institute 2013, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork

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This post is part of the HBR Insight Center Making Collaboration Work. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances.

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Teamwork can be hard.  As with most group work, fidelity of implementation matters!  Working through problems is essential!

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Gene Shklover, PhD's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:05 AM

Good points though my definition of harmony does not exclude conflicts. On the contrary it encourages conflicts, different opinions, etc. but resolves them in the congruent way

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Is Caution Killing Your Career? 5 Risks You Can't Afford Not To Take

Is Caution Killing Your Career? 5 Risks You Can't Afford Not To Take | Coaching Teacher Leaders | Scoop.it
Are you too cautious? The fear barometer on our collective psyche has dialled up in recent weeks.
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Some very good point here - I particularly like the idea of the cost of doing nothing, which is often high and painful.

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Risks feel risky.  BUT, you gain nothing by being stagnate.  

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John Michel's curator insight, May 25, 2013 9:16 PM

In today’s climate of fear, it’s therefore increasingly important to be vigilant about which fears we buy into, and more discerning about whether they are actually serving us, or holding us back. To help you along, here are five risks you need to take to help you move ahead in your career and enjoy greater fulfilment in your life.

David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2013 11:43 PM

Some very good point here - I particularly like the idea of the cost of doing nothing, which is often high and painful.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:28 PM

Risk awkward conversations and be candid. That is great advice.

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Getting Real About Leadership - Thin Difference

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Learning about leadership is different than doing leadership in the workplace. By leading, leadership gets real with these unconventional principles.

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Some tips to ponder.

 

 I agree that leading means supporting and encouraging.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 19, 2013 8:13 AM

Leadership does not happen in places where fear is present. Many organizations and their leaders use fear to 'motivate' people. That is not possible.

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How to Suck at Leadership, A Quick 7 Steps

Have you ever woken up in the morning and said to yourself: “I’m tired of being a good leader. Today, I want to suck at it!”
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Nice take!
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Concise take on the matter!  

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