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Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level



April 2013 | 160 pages | Corwin

Your straightforward resource for coaching partnerships that focus on student learning

Teaching in today's classrooms is different, so why shouldn't coaching strategies evolve too? Shift the conversation from teacher "shoulds" to innovative systems and structures that build lasting student success. This powerful follow-up to Diane Sweeney's Student Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals is a strategy-packed roadmap to dynamic teacher-coach collaborations in middle and high schools.

Written for coaches who work with secondary teachers in all content areas, Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level offers rich case studies and practical tips and tools. Coaches and administrators get real-world specifics on

  • Core practices for tackling the unique challenges of coaching across a variety of content areas at the secondary level
  • Extending coaching to teams of teachers, rather than just individuals
  • Using standards, such as the Common Core, to coach toward specific goals for student learning
  • Embedding formative assessments into coaching conversations
  • Moving past teacher resistance
  • Working in tandem with principals to ensure that coaching accomplishes the goal of increased student learning

With graphic organizers, planning matrices, and other valuable resources, this step-by-step guide is your ultimate roadmap to coaching success. By focusing coaching on student learning—rather than on fixing teachers—you can make a measurable impact on student achievement.

"This book provides both veteran and novice instructional coaches and school leaders with practical tips and tools they can use to move instructional coaching from focusing on teacher behavior to focusing on student learning. It offers strategies to help demonstrate the direct impact that coaching has on student achievement."
—Deborah Mitchell, New Teacher Induction Coordinator
Merced Union High School District, Merced, CA


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
How Do I Make It Happen in My Own School?

 
How to Use This Book

 
 
1. Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level
Why Student-Centered Coaching?

 
A Comparison of Coaching Models: Student-Centered, Teacher-Centered, and Relationship-Driven Coaching

 
Formative Assessment: The Foundation for Student-Centered Coaching

 
A Case in Point: Corey at Benton High School

 
Leading the Coaching Effort

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
2. Getting Student-Centered Coaching Up and Running
Where to Begin?

 
Invitational vs. Assigned Coaching

 
The Flow of Coaching

 
Coaching Cycles

 
Engaging Reluctant Teachers

 
Scheduling Student-Centered Coaching

 
A Case in Point: A Framework for Coaching at Arrupe Jesuit High School

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
3. Coaching Teachers to Assess and Deliver
What Does it Mean to ‘Assess and Deliver’?

 
A Marriage Between Backward Design and Coaching

 
Creating Opportunities for Students to Self-Evaluate and Receive Feedback

 
A Case in Point: DSST Public Schools, Denver

 
Taking it Beyond a Charter School in Denver

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
4. Measuring the Impact of Student-Centered Coaching
Designing for Impact

 
Using the Result-Based Coaching Tool to Measure Student and Teacher Learning

 
First Things First: Identifying a Goal for Student Learning

 
Collecting Baseline Data

 
Planning Based on Student Work

 
Capturing Teacher Growth

 
Capturing Student Growth

 
Measuring the Impact of Small Group Collaboration

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
5. Leading the Coaching Effort
Merging Accountability and Support

 
What’s Our Focus?

 
Driven by Data Analysis

 
Leaders Know Good Instruction When They See It

 
Clarifying Roles

 
A Case in Point: Wilson Middle School

 
Principal and Coach Roles

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
6. Designing a School Culture That’s About Student Learning
Part I. Designing a Student-Centered School Culture

 
The ‘No Opt Out’ School Culture

 
What About Buy-In?

 
Qualities of a School That Maintains a Culture of Learning

 
Developing Systems to Support Teacher Learning

 
Dealing with Differing Beliefs

 
Part II. Coaching Within a Culture of Learning

 
Culture and Confidentiality

 
Feedback that Contributes to a Culture of Learning

 
Using Video as a Source of Feedback

 
A Case in Point: Beliefs at Arrupe Jesuit High School

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
7. Student-Centered Learning Labs
Three Generations of Learning Labs: Model Classrooms, Peer-Learning Labs, Student-Centered Learning Labs

 
Coaching and Follow Up

 
Which Type of Lab is Right for You?

 
A Case in Point: Learning Labs at Arrupe Jesuit High School

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
8. Developing Systems to Prepare and Support Coaches
The ‘What’—A Curriculum for Supporting Coaches

 
The ‘How’—A Framework for Supporting Coaches

 
Differentiating for Coaches

 
Engaging Reluctant Coaches

 
A Case in Point: Supporting Coaches in Council Bluffs, Iowa

 
Tools and Techniques

 
In Summary

 
 
In Closing
 
Resources to Support Student-Centered Coaching
 
References
 
Index

"The true test of the effectiveness of coaching is whether or not students improve. Diane Sweeney’s new book is incredibly helpful explaining how to set student goals and measure progress toward them. Any instructional coach should find the book an essential resource."

Jim Knight, author of High-Impact Instruction

"Diane Sweeney's work on coaching has profoundly impacted my thinking. In my work with instructional coaching and coaching programs I am shifting my focus to student centered conversations. This latest book has given me additional tools for challenging coaches to move to this level of depth in their work."

Cindy Harrison, Senior Consultant
Learning Forward

"Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level provides both veteran and novice instructional coaches and school leaders with practical tips and tools they can use to move instructional coaching from focusing on teacher behavior to focusing on student learning. It provides strategies to help demonstrate the direct impact that coaching has on student achievement."

Deborah Mitchell, New Teacher Induction Coordinator
Merced Union High School District, Merced, CA

"This book is a fresh look at the topic of coaching, geared specifically for the secondary school setting, and taking into consideration the transition to Common Core and the increased focus on teacher effectiveness. This is a must read no matter what your experience has been with instructional coaching in the past: effective or ineffective."

Leslie Standerfer, Principal
Estrella Foothills High School, Goodyear, AZ

"Finally, a book that affirms the hard work that teachers, coaches, and administrators are doing to ensure learning and growth for all students"

Linda Phillips, Teacher, Instructional Specialist-Mathematics
Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
Key features
(1) Offers an innovative approach to school-based coaching that focuses the coaching on specific goals for student learning, rather than on changing or "fixing" teachers.

(2) A unique emphasis on coaching at the secondary level, including special emphasis on engaging reluctant teachers, designing a student-centered school culture, coaching teachers to create opportunities for student self-evaluation and receiving feedback, and working with teachers on applying principles of backward design to create an "assess and deliver" classroom.

(3) Attention to the critical role of school principals in the success of coaching initiatives and working with coaches to shape high-performing school cultures.

(4) Includes a range of powerful examples and anecdotes based on real schools and centering around coaches, principals, and teachers across various subject areas in grades 6 - 12.

(5) Chapters include a set of tools for use by teachers, coaches, and principals such as graphic organizers, planning matrices, and other valuable resources.

(6) Grounded in state-of-the art research but written in a clear, reader-friendly style.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level


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