In Blended Coaching: Skills and Strategies to Support the Development and Supervision of School Leaders, Gary Bloom and Jackie Wilson dispel a myth that effective supervisors aren’t coaches and an assertion that supervision should be separated from coaching. Building on the original work of Blended Coaching, Bloom and Wilson make a significant case for coaching based supervision that has a demonstrated ability to transform an individual educator’s performance, the culture of a school and even that of an entire school district.
Culturally responsive leaders intentionally build the capacity of their teams to reflect on their beliefs, biases, assumptions, and behaviors. This book is not just about leadership coaching but about coaching for systems change and a more equitable and inclusive future.
Close to two decades ago, when I was writing Instructional Coaching, Blended Coaching was a pioneering book that I turned to again and again to help me clarify what coaching is and what coaches do. Now, Gary Bloom and his colleagues have written a second edition, updated to include the most recent writing on coaching, and, like the first edition, this book is a goldmine for coaches or leaders taking a coaching approach. Although the book is designed for administrators, Blended Coaching has valuable information for anyone interested in leading change.