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Q&A: What Should I Look For As I Hire a New Coach?

Q&A: What Should I Look For As I Hire a New Coach?

Question: Do you have anything in your “toolbox” that would help a district to select their in-house coach.  What are the characteristics they should or shouldn’t look for? My Answer: Excellent, clear communicator Highly skilled and disciplined teacher Superb...

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Question on Sharing a New Direction with Staff {Principal}

Question on Sharing a New Direction with Staff {Principal}

I received this question from a Facebook principal friend of mine:  Hey Jill! I’m a  principal who is about to embark on a new adventure with my staff. My hope is to create an atmosphere of professional growth from peer observations, feedback and administrative...

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*Updated* Priority Skills: Engagement

*Updated* Priority Skills: Engagement

As many folks know, I am in the process of writing my fifth book!  It’s about instructional coaching…tentatively titled “How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything” – – – I mean, it’s not like it’s going to be published by Yale or anything, right?   One of the...

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*Updated* Priority Skills: Behavior Management

*Updated* Priority Skills: Behavior Management

As many folks know, I am in the process of writing my fifth book!  It’s about instructional coaching…tentatively titled “How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything” – – – I mean, it’s not like it’s going to be published by Yale or anything, right?   One of the...

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*Updated* Priority Skills: Classroom Management

*Updated* Priority Skills: Classroom Management

As many folks know, I am in the process of writing my fifth book!  It's about instructional coaching...tentatively titled "How to Coach Teachers to Teach (Almost) Anything" - - - I mean, it's not like it's going to be published by Yale or anything, right?  😉 One of...

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Does a Checklist Really Work? {Behavior Mgmt.}

Does a Checklist Really Work? {Behavior Mgmt.}

I am on a quest to figure out how checklists can simplify and improve the quality of our work in schools.  If you haven't read my first two installments of this little series, I suggest you do (they're super quick reads!).  Here's the 1st.  Here's the 2nd. This time I...

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Does a Checklist Really Work? {Talking with Parents}

Does a Checklist Really Work? {Talking with Parents}

I have been really obsessed with the book "The Checklist Manifesto."  To say it's changed my life would be a little wild, but it has definitely changed my perspective.  A lot. One of the things that I learned about the power of checklists is that is helps us manage...

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Why Teachers Drop a Skill After Coaching

Why Teachers Drop a Skill After Coaching

A very common question that I get from coaches is this: What do I do when a teacher has been coached in a skill and yet when I get back into the classroom, they’ve dropped or stopped using the skill? I think that sometimes coaches take this personally – after all,...

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