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1 + Leading like a Coach Collaborative Norms in Action picture © 2009 SCCMSwww.sccoalition.org Science Education Leadership Fellows ~ Houston ~ December 2009

2 + Framing Questions What are some things we know about professional learning communities? What are some ways in which feedback serves as a tool to promote professional learning? How might leading with collaborative norms contribute to developing professional learning communities?

3 + What are some resources we have? Notebook Notebook Protocols Protocols The Chairs of… The Chairs of… CLARITY COACHING APPRECIATION OTHER

4 + How will we travel together? Take care of yourself. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of each other. Share your gifts. Share your gifts. Three simple agreements…

5 + Find your sole mate. Be A or B. At the signal, A begins. B listens. Switch at the signal. Continue to switch and share as signaled. Sole Mates… "What are some things you know about instructional coaching?"

6 + ongoing ongoing deeply embedded into teachers classroom work with children deeply embedded into teachers classroom work with children specific to grade level or academic content specific to grade level or academic content focused on research-based approaches focused on research-based approaches helps to open classroom doors helps to open classroom doors creates more collaboration creates more collaboration creates a sense of community among teachers creates a sense of community among teachers Alexander Russo, Harvard Education Letter (2004) Standards for High-Quality Professional Learning Why Coaching?

7 Improved Instruction Engaged School Community SC Department of Education Support Powerfully Prepared Teachers Coherent & Viable Curriculum Assessment for Learning Instructional Materials Support Instructional Materials Support Research, Best Practice, Data, Standards Vision for Effective Teaching and Learning As modified from the work of the National Science Resources Center of the Smithsonian Institution/National Academies Student Achievement Student Achievement Continuous Improvement Foci COACHING Why Coaching?

8 Professional Learning Communities Organizations that have a passion for learning… Covey, 1996 A learning and a teaching institution… Drucker, 1992 Organization expert at dealing with change as a normal part of its work… Fullan 1993 A professional learning community (PLC) is an extended learning opportunity to foster collaborative learning among colleagues within a particular work environment or field. Wikipedia

9 Professional Learning Communities Shared mission, vision, values, goals Collaborative culture Collective inquiry Action orientation Continuous improvement Results orientation Dufour, DuFour & Eaker, 2008

10 + Professional Learning Communities How will you know when it happens? What are some things youd like to improve? As you consider your own learning community… What are some things you are doing well?

11 What might we do next? Journal Club collaborative culture ROBERT J. GARMSTON What seems to be RIGHT about this article? As you consider the idea of collaboration, what are some REALITIES to consider? What needs for growth ought collaborators be REACHING for in your organization?

12 Tools for Leading Like a Coach: Norms of Collaboration Pausing to Allow Time for Thought Paraphrasing to Ensure Deep Listening Presuming Positive Intentions Probing to Clarify Promoting a Spirit of Inquiry Putting Ideas on the Table/Pulling Them Off Paying Attention to Self & Others Garmston, 2007

13 + Before speaking After speaking Tools for Listening Like a Coach: Pausing to allow time for thought. Speaking includes asking questions!

14 + Im listening & trying to understand. Tools for Listening Like a Coach: Paraphrasing After listening Before speaking

15 + Tools for Listening Like a Coach: Practice and Process As you consider feedback you have given or received, what are some things that make it effective?

16 + Specific, descriptive feedback that focuses on success and points the way to improvement has a positive effect. Davies, 2002 Tools for Leading Like a Coach: Effective Feedback

17 + Assume the heart of another is in the right place….. Tools for Questioning Like a Coach: Presuming Positive Intentions Approachable voice Plural/Exploratory Non-judgmental Engage thinking

18 + Generalizations Rule Words Vague words Incomplete Comparisons Tools for Questioning Like a Coach: Probing to Clarify

19 + Reflection What new understandings have I gained about leading like a coach? What questions do I still have?

20 + Tools for Questioning Like a Coach: Practice and Process What might it mean for you to lead like a coach?

21 + Memory Mingle Leading Like a Coach RecollectionsConnections What are some things you know about instructional coaching? What connections are you making between instructional coaching and your work?

22 + Professional Learning Communities How will you know when it happens? What are some things youd like to improve? As you consider your own learning community… What are some things you are doing well?

23 + For Your Information This presentation was created by South Carolinas Coalition for Mathematics & Science with support of the South Carolina Department of Educations S 2 MART Regional Centers. This presentation may be used for your own personal reflection and information. It may not be copied or in any way replicated without written permission. Contact: Dr. Tom Peters at

24 + Inquiry : Seeking to understand Advocacy: Seeking to be understood Inquire then advocate I… Tools for Managing Your Internal Consultant: Promoting a Spirit of Inquiry

25 + Think of all ideas as possibilities Know when to take ideas off the table Ideas are the heart of group work. Tools for Managing Your Internal Consultant: Putting ideas on the table & Taking them off

26 + Balance participation Restrain impulses to respond Maintain awareness of the group Tools for Managing Your Internal Consultant: Paying attention to self and others

27 + Tools for Questioning Like a Coach: Practice and Process


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