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Coaching Conversations
Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time

Second Edition


May 2018 | 128 pages | Corwin

Focus the power of your collaborative school community with powerful coaching conversations!

Effective coaching conversations are powerful tools to rally your school-community stakeholders to work collaboratively toward transformation, and, ultimately, share in success. The Second Edition of this best-selling handbook includes new neuroscientific research that demonstrates the potential for change in schools and expands the approach to cover teacher/student interaction. In addition to learning techniques to engage and motivate, readers will discover how to:

·       Develop relational trust within the school that heightens personal growth and supports student achievement

·       Utilize the power of committed listening, intentional conversations, and nonjudgmental feedback

·       Create positive changes in how people think and interact

Being a successful school leader has become an increasingly complex role that demands not only tremendous knowledge and skills, but also highly developed interpersonal skills. Written with an easy-to-use approach, this handbook provides simple yet powerful coaching strategies to help school community members work together toward positive school transformation.

 
Foreword by Simon T. Bailey
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Coaching Conversations: The Link to Change
What Is a Coaching Conversation?

 
Why Our Brains Need Coaching

 
Why Trust Matters

 
Holding Difficult Conversations

 
Moving Toward Coaching Conversations

 
Summary

 
Reflections for Practice

 
 
2. Coaching, Mentoring and the Leadership Continuum
Leadership Practices Continuum

 
How the Continuum Works in Practice

 
Being a Coach-Like Mentor

 
The Case for Being Coach-Like

 
Summary

 
Reflections for Practice

 
 
3. Committed Listening
Listening Assessment

 
Moving to Action

 
Components of Committed Listening

 
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

 
Value Silence

 
Unproductive Patterns of Listening

 
Listen Without Obligation to Act

 
Summary

 
Reflections for Practice

 
 
4. Powerful Speaking and Questioning
Expressing Positive Intent

 
Avoid Advice

 
Ask Powerful Questions

 
Summary

 
Reflections for Practice

 
 
5. Reflective Feedback
The Importance of Feedback

 
Three Types of Feedback

 
Options for Offering Meaningful Feedback

 
Responding-on-the-Fly

 
Framing an Important Conversation Using Reflective Feedback

 
Journal Reflection About an Important Upcoming Conversation

 
Using the Reflective Feedback Frame to Support Excellence

 
Reframing Resistance

 
Summary

 
Reflections for Practice

 
 
6. Moving to Action: A Way of Being
The Basic Framework

 
Study 1: Using the Reflective Framework in a Supervisory Coaching Conversatio

 
Study 2: Using the Reflective Framework for Large Scale Challenges

 
Next Steps

 
Summary

 
Reflections for Practice

 
 
Appendices
Appendix A: Powerful, Open-Ended Questions

 
Appendix B: Reflective Feedback

 
Appendix C: Reframing Resistance

 
Appendix D: Reflective Feedback Framework for Coaching Conversations

 
 
References
 
Index

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