We want to give you a peek inside our Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program. Coaches taking part in this academic-year-long journey have graciously given us permission to post some of their learning and reflections from the private coursework they are undertaking during this program. Where possible, we have shared the course and the action task to give context for the guest post.
The Coach Final Project
The Final Project is a chance for you to reflect on everything you’ve learned and/or discovered throughout this Certificate Program. You will create an 8-10 min video sharing on the goal that you set, documenting the process of working towards your goal, reflecting on your achievement and sharing the process/outcome with our learning community. The most important part of your personal project is that it’s relevant to you, and you can demonstrate, through documentation and video, the impact your work has had on your school.
Watch Ashley’s Video
Read Ashley’s Reflection
What were your goals for this microcredential and how did you plan to meet those goals?
My goal for the microcredential was to create a coaching program that was intentional and met the teachers needs. I wanted to streamline the work we were doing with teachers and create professional development that was aligned to their needs and met the demands of their schedules and limited time. In order to meet this goal I created a needs assessment for the teachers at the end of last year. Using their responses the coaching team began to build out a plan for the year. We created monthly themes to feel more focused in our work with teachers and brainstormed different ways to get teachers access to PD and coaching.
What would success look like if you met your goals? What steps do you think you need to take to reach those goals?
We need to create another end-of-year survey for teachers this year to see where teachers are at one year after starting this process. Success would look like more teachers having worked with a coach in some capacity and feeling like needs were met. I would like to see how they feel about the themes and what themes they would like to see next year. I know that teachers were missing the half days for PD this year and it looks like we might get them back next year, which would be amazing.
What challenges did you think you and/or your stakeholders might face and how did you plan to overcome those challenges?
One of our biggest challenges is time. There is so much we want to share with teachers, but the teachers feel so stretched for time. We planned to overcome those challenges by making resources in our newsletters clickable so all teachers had access, but also shared how they could partner with a coach to support them. Another challenge was being able to work with a large amount of teachers with only 4 coaches. Once again, sharing out resources with the whole district allowed up to be everyone’s coach in some capacity. We also shared at each month’s high school faculty meeting. Doing this led to new relationships being formed and opened the door to coaching for some high school teachers.
What did you think the impact would be on your school environment as you worked towards and ideally, achieved your goals?
The impact that I hoped for was to build capacity in our coaching program and to impact more teachers and students throughout the district in implementing research based strategies that improved student learning. I wanted more teachers to see the benefit of coaching and how it could positively impact their instruction and their classrooms. We want everyone to hold the belief that coaching is for everyone.
What are you hoping to see in your school environment as you conduct and conclude the project?
I’m hoping to see more teachers reaching out to coaching and for coaching opportunities to be aligned with teacher needs. As I wrap up this project I am already thinking towards refinements for next year and am excited to partner with principals to make the work we are doing with teachers more aligned.
What’s YOUR level of coaching mastery?
All coaches go through various stages of coaching mastery. Once you identify where you’re at, you can begin to build the skills needed to move to the next stage.
This quiz is based on real-life case studies compiled from years of working with coaches inside The Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program!
When you receive your results, you’ll also get your matching case study from the STRIVE Case Studies to see where you fit in the stages of coaching mastery.
Ready to tackle your challenges and move on to the next level in YOUR coaching practice?
The STRIVE Model of Coaching Mastery quiz will help you identify your level of coaching mastery by matching you with case studies compiled from years of working with coaches inside The Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program so you can easily see where you fit!
When you complete the quiz, you’ll get:
- Your matching case study,
- Specific strengths & challenges aligned to your result;
- Suggested next steps for each stage;
Plus the Case Study Document includes:
- Case studies leveled by coaching mastery;
- A framework to identify essential stages of professional growth & key areas to focus on in your professional learning;
- Alignment with the THRIVE Model for a Successful Coaching Culture;
- Space for you to reflect & prioritize so you can take action immediately!
You’ll go straight to the Quiz, and get the Case Study Document via email.
Read more from Ashley
I joined the coach to gain clarity on the role of a coach and how I could build capacity in our coaching program. It became clear at the start of The Coach that I needed to gain a deeper understanding of what the teachers’ needs were and begin to develop a program that was more intentional and didn’t feel so much like we were throwing things at the wall to see what would stick. We found that many teachers asked for coaching following a PD session and the module on leading PD was incredibly impactful. Conducting more PD for teachers allowed us to reach more teachers who weren’t ready to sign up for coaching.
I share how we took a needs assessments and began to build out an intentional coaching program here.
My greatest experience in The Coach were my meetings with my mentor. Having time to brainstorm and refine with Kim was incredibly valuable and met my learning style of needing to talk things out.
View Ashley’s Course Engagement
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If you are ready to develop your coaching practice over the next academic year, and explore topics like transitioning your work from individuals to teams, please join us for our next cohort of The Coach!
Wherever you are in building a coaching culture in your school, The Coach will give you the strategies, skills and tools you need to make coaching a success and will empower you to confidently apply instructional coaching strategies in any situation – from building a coaching program, to having coaching conversations, to being a leader in your school community. We facilitate only one cohort each academic year so we can offer individualized support for each participant.
Registration for our next global cohort opens once a year – check the website for details!
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