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Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

April 2014 | 160 pages | Corwin
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.

About the Author
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

"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

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