We want to give you a peek inside our Coach Microcredential Online 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 microcredential. Where possible, we have shared the course and the action task to give context for the guest post.
The Coach Mid-Point Reflection
The Topic: Mid Point Reflection: Around half way through The Coach program, we ask participants to reflect on their journey so far. The purpose behind this task is to help them acknowledge how far they’ve come and prepare them for the Personal Project at the very end of the program.
The Task: Create a 3-5 minute video reflecting on your journey so far within The Coach. Share your responses to the prompts below:
- Think back to the initial goal(s) you set for yourself at the beginning of this microcredential program. Have your goals changed? If so, briefly explain how/why?
- What has impacted your thinking so far?
- What are you excited about?
Reflection by Debra Hernanz, Lower School Education Technology Specialist, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland
At the start of the program I was interested in ways to define my role within my division and in the school overall. This is still a priority. Through the personal project I have another goal of creating a digital literacy program for my division.
I’m excited because I see this as a means in the path to the definition of my role. In terms of thinking I’ve become more focused on where I’m spending my energy professionally. I think it’s because the course aligns so well with what is happening in my work. I’m spending my time reading here vs looking for other resources to support my learning. I’ve mentioned to Kim I’ve gotten a lot out of the cohort reflections along with the course readings. I still think it’s important to keep current elsewhere but right now I’m into this and that’s okay.
Watch Debra’s Video
Read more from The Coach participants as they share their learning from the microcredential program…
Sandra’s post: Coaching In Practice
Cary’s post: The Coaching Cycles
Level Up Your Coaching with The Coach Microcredential
Are you ready to make a bigger impact in your school community? If you are ready to commit to your professional growth, please join us for our next cohort of The Coach Microcredential.
Let Ryan explain why he would recommend you take The Coach:
After working with Kim as a personal mentor it was time to grow in a new way. The Coach offered new opportunities to connect, learn and still have the benefit of a coach. One of the things that I’ve discovered in the Coach is that your professional objectives also bleed into the personal life. So in terms of managing stress balance and gratitude, I’ve gained quite a few personal rewards along with professional advancement. And I’m looking forward to the future. Thank you.Debra Hernanz, Lower School Educational Technology Coordinator
If you are thinking now is the time to invest in a coach for you, please join us for The Coach Microcredential! Registration opens only once a year, and we would love to have you in our next cohort. Of course, these kind of mentoring conversations are included in The Coach, that personal connection and guidance is built into the Academy and Premium cohorts.
After a very unusual year, now is the time to invest in yourself, to build up your professional learning network of educators around the world and connect with a community that inspires you! Plus, you’ll have a mentor who is an outside sounding board who will help you get outside of the group think or tunnel vision you might be stuck in, in your school context.
Since the program is sustained over an entire academic year, you are growing with your coach over that time, helping deepen your learning throughout the course of the program. The regular meetings with your mentor will help you reflect on the coaching challenges and opportunities that you find yourself presented with.
Of course The Coach is totally customized learning. We have standard content that we share with everyone, but then each time you meet with your mentor, every conversation is tailored exactly to your needs, including regular check-ins that will help provide you with customized resources that you need to help you keep growing in your role.
If you are ready to make a bigger impact in your school context, The Coach is for you! Learn more here!