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 Topic: Coaching Challenges

The Task: Tell us how you are currently collecting and reflecting on the data you collect.

How often do you collect feedback? What form does it take?

Within our team, we collect daily coaching data. This is collected in Microsoft Forms and collects data based on what kind of work we are doing each day, which buildings we are in, and what district goals we are targeting. The data collected is by day not on frequency of each event taking place. This is more feedback on where we are and what we are doing to help set goals or be more intentional with trying to get into more schools/grades.

We also do needs assessment surveys of the district staff. We have had 2 this year. One was sent out in November to take a pulse on what teachers were needing to plan for the second half of the year. The second survey was sent in March to support future planning for an upcoming PD mini-conference, and next year’s PLC planning.

There is also more informal feedback that we collect when meeting with teachers – ask about newsletter, coaching experiences, teachers often just share feedback unsolicited – why they feel their building isn’t as open to coaching, etc.

What are the patterns that are emerging?

Teachers are looking for a PD that will impact their classroom directly and quickly. Our teachers are also at this point overwhelmed and they want time.

How are you acting on the results of this data?

We have used our results to plan for our monthly newsletters, PD sessions, and faculty meetings, reaching out to individual teachers about specific concerns they expressed, and plan for mini-conferences (both session ideas and presenters), and PLC offerings for the coming year.

In what way has collecting feedback improved your coaching practice?

Collecting this feedback has made our team more intentional with planning. It also provides more avenues to connect with teachers. We have been able to gain insight on specific teachers to reach out to, who weren’t reaching out on their own but provided survey feedback that asked for help.

Read more from The Coach participants as they share their learning from the certificate & mentorship program…

Ian: Working with Adults

Karli: Measuring Your Impact

Mairin: Leading Professional Learning

Abby: The Power of Learning Walks

Level Up Your Coaching with The Coach!

If you are ready to dive deep into your coaching practice, to help you #coachbetter and build a thriving coaching culture in your school, 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.

Coaches of all levels are welcome: you’ll start the program with a self-assessment to determine exactly what the next steps are for you!