This is a highlight from one of our previous podcast episodes featuring our The Coach Certificate and Mentorship Program Mentors.

No matter how experienced you are as an educator, there are new skills to learn when you become a coach – and this post highlights a few key skills you might not expect when you move into a coaching role!

If you’re recognizing that you have an opportunity to grow – either into a coaching role, within your current role, or beyond, make sure to check out our workshops (and courses) for instructional coaches. We have options for coaches at every stage of their professional journey, so there’s definitely one that’s just right for you right now. Check them out at

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.

Maggie says…

“When I was first asked to go and do training as a coach, I was insulted. I remember thinking to myself that I’ve been teaching for 30 years, do you think I don’t know how to talk to people.

On the first day of the training, I realized how misguided I was, because it wasn’t about me, it wasn’t about asking good questions, it wasn’t about talking, it was about the other person. It was about listening WITHOUT formulating a thought in my head as the other person talked, but actually pausing, then processing, then responding.

The answer is inside the other person. You’re supporting the other person to go on their journey, rather than having an idea of what they’re journey might be.”

Diana says…

One of the things I really noticed when I moved into a coaching role from a classroom position was that I had all these experiences, that I could share with others. But it was really about supporting others, and getting out of my own head, not thinking about fixing them. This led me to really reflect on how I communicate ideas.

I realized I had to start paying close attention to what others really wanted to achieve. Not just going to come in and fix things – get out of my own head & listen and support people, but my principal might be expecting me to fix things.

One thing I really learned moving from the classroom a coaching position was getting a much broader view of the school, getting a bigger lens on the school, and seeing that things might take longer than I hoped. There was a shift moving from the micro focus to a bigger macro view of the school. Looking at the big picture and timeline expectations takes time to learn, it’s not going to be instantaneous.

Kristin says…

One thing I really wish I knew before I moved into a coaching role was how ambiguous the role really is. Coaching with one person will look completely different for each person. It’s so differentiated and personalized. You have to develop a sense of confidence with something that is so ambiguous. It’s human work. Now we need to hold space for others.

Instructional coaches need to learn how to be confident in a really ambiguous place.

Managers are promoted because they’re good at the job they’ve been doing, but not at the new job. You have to stop that natural instinct to help & fix. Coaching is successful when it’s about the other person. It’s hard to define success as a coach, it has to be about the other persons success. When likely you got promoted, it’s because of your success.

Wherever you are in your coaching journey, we can support you!

These quotes highlight the complexity of an instructional coaching role. There is so much more to coaching than just being an excellent educator. Many of the skills that you need as an instructional coach are leadership skills and there are layers-upon-layers of leadership skills you can learn and apply in the role.

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Free Workshops for Instructional Coaches

If you’re ready to keep learning, try one of our FREE workshops where you’ll be able to dig deeper into the concepts in this post, and get a peek at all of our courses for coaches.

We have workshops (and courses) to support coaches at every stage of their career: from new and aspiring coaches making the move from classroom to coach; to current coaches ready to be more intentional and strategic in their practice; to established coaches leveraging their coaching experience to lead. 

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If you’re curious right now, you have questions, please reach out. You can leave a comment below, join our #coachbetter Facebook group, or find us on social media at Eduro Learning and send me a DM.  I’d love to support you on your coaching journey. See you next time!

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