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Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H.

Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H.
5 Strategies for Supporting Teaching and Learning

Foreword by Regie Routman

February 2022 | 192 pages | Corwin

Expand your leadership capacity to help your school reach its potential

All schools have the capacity for schoolwide instructional excellence. Schools with leaders who adopt a coaching stance as part of their practice are more likely to realize this success. Leaders achieve success with their teachers, their students, and their families, not alone.

Leading like a C.O.A.C.H. reframes the approach to schoolwide change from a leader acting alone to a leader working with a community in which each member contributes their strengths and ideas to improving instruction. Renwick, a well-known blogger and writer on literacy and leadership, encourages school leaders to embody five practices: 1. Create confidence through trust; 2. Organize around a priority; 3. Affirm promising practices; 4. Communicate feedback; and 5. Help teachers become leaders and learners. Throughout this practical guide, readers will find

  • Reflective questions
  • Activities
  • Indicators of success
  • Examples of leaders coaching teachers to excellence
  • Wisdom from the field     

This book provides new and veteran leaders with a practical approach and easily adoptable ideas for helping their schools realize their full potential.

About the Author
Foreword by Regie Routman
The Purpose of This Book

My Coaching Journey

Reflective Questions

Chapter 1: Why Should I Lead Like a Coach?
Benefits of Leading Like a Coach

Expand on Your Current Identities

Shifting Toward a Coaching Stance

Reflective Questions

Chapter 2: How Instructional Walks Help Leaders Adopt a Coaching Stance
Introducing Instructional Walks

The Instructional Walk Process

From Judging to Learning

What Instructional Walks Are Not

Reflective Questions

Chapter 3: Create Confidence Through Trust
Defining Trust

Four Conditions for Trust

Condition 1: Consistency

Condition 2: Compassion

Condition 3: Communication

Condition 4: Competence

Success Indicators for Creating Confidence Through Trust

Reflective Questions

Chapter 4: Organize Around a Priority
Defining a Priority

Step 1: Analyze and Understand Your Current Reality

Step 2: Examine Your Beliefs About Instruction

Step 3: Engage in Focused Professional Learning

Step 4: Create Collective Commitments Around Promising Practices

Success Indicators for Organizing Around a Priority

Reflective Questions

Chapter 5: Affirm Promising Practices
Four Principles for Initiating Positive Change

Principle 1: Adopt an Instructional Framework

Principle 2: Learn With Your Faculty

Principle 3: Develop Collaborative Learning Communities

Principle 4: Institutionalize Promising Practices

Success Indicators of Affirming Promising Practices

Reflective Questions

Chapter 6: Communicate Feedback
Defining Feedback

Communicating Feedback Through Engagement (vs. Bypass)

Differentiating Feedback to Meet Teachers’ Needs

Example 6.1: Exploring New Ideas for Classroom Management

Example 6.2: How the Task Supports Student Engagement

Example 6.3: A Better Way to Assess

Success Indicators for Communicating Feedback

Reflective Questions

Chapter 7: Help Teachers Become Leaders and Learners
A Journey to Excellence

Example 7.1: Teacher Self-Assessment (Wilmot Elementary School, Jefferson County Public Schools, Denver, Colorado)

Example 7.2: Residency Model for Professional Development (Winnipeg School District, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Success Indicators of Helping Teachers Become Leaders and Learners

Final Reflective Questions

Conclusion: What Will Be Your Legacy?

An inspirational guide for school leaders, this text provokes discussion and reflection among leaders who see themselves as as co-leaders in school communities. School vision becomes a reality when school leaders coach school faculties in a collaborative and collegial way in order to create a comprehensive and cohesive learning environment for students. An excellent book that is accessible to all principals.

Allyson Matczuk
Early Literacy Consultant and Reading Recovery Trainer at Manitoba, Education and Training

Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H. provides a framework that engenders trust and fortifies commitment to instructional excellence. Matt Renwick helps readers envision and rethink roles and routines. Most of all, his strategies, stories, and practical approach take the burden of trying to be an 'exert of everything' off of principals' shoulders. If  you want your school to be a place where teachers and students want to be, this book is for you!

Cris Tovani
English teacher, literacy consultant, Author of Why Do I Have to Read This?

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