Exploring Boundaries Between Coach and Coachee

A coach who wishes to remain anonymous emailed this question: I just took a position as an instructional coach at a large urban high school. I’ve never been a coach before and am new to this district. I’m excited about the work but am struggling with one aspect: many teachers have invited me to go […]

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Coaching Towards Common Core State Standards

I’ve received many emails related to coaching towards the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I’m going to address some by responding to Leah’s email in which she raises the challenge of coaching towards CCSS in a context of change and distrust. Please continue to email me with other coaching questions, related to CCSS or anything […]

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When Coaches Are Stretched Too Thin

A coach in Seattle writes the following: This is my first year as a literacy coach in a large elementary school. I’m being asked to do all kinds of jobs that have nothing to do with coaching including doing lunch supervision, putting up bulletin boards, translating and testing coordination! The hours I have for coaching […]

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Letter From an ‘Angry Black Man’: Am I a Good Coach?

Here’s an email I received a few weeks ago from a coach who wishes to be anonymous: I’m a high school literacy coach in a large urban district. I work across a dozen sites that are considered our worst schools. The situation is dismal: inexperienced leadership, no trust amongst teachers and administrators, brand new curriculum, […]

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‘How Can I Encourage Teachers To Use Me as a Resource?’

Jenny from Midland, Mich., writes: I have been in the middle school classroom for 20 years and have now accepted a new position as an instructional coach this year. I have three middle schools and maybe 100 teachers plus administrators to work with. Some teachers already know me, but others do not. What would you […]

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