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Leading Student-Centered Coaching


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Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Chapter 1: An Introduction to Student-Centered Coaching Chapter 2: Connecting School Improvement to Coaching Chapter 3: Defining Roles for Coaches and Principals Chapter 4: School Culture and Coaching Chapter 5: Setting Expectations for Authentic Participation in Coaching Chapter 6: Driving Toward High Quality Instruction Chapter 7: Separating Coaching From Supervision Chapter 8: Supporting the Development of the Coach In Closing Appendix A: Rubric for Leading Student-Centered Coaching Appendix B: Rubric for Student-Centered Coaching Appendix C: Sample School Improvement Plan Appendix D: Student-Centered Coaching Moves Appendix E: Results-Based Coaching Tool Appendix F: Planner for Sharing Lessons References Index

About the Author

Diane Sweeney is the author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, 2011) and Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (Corwin, 2013). Each of these books is grounded in the simple but powerful premise that coaching can be designed to more directly impact student learning. Her first book, Learning Along the Way (Stenhouse, 2003) shares the story of how an urban elementary school transformed itself to become a learning community. Diane spends her time speaking and consulting for schools and educational organizations across the country. She is also an instructor for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When she isn't working in schools, she loves to spend time outside with her family in Denver, Colorado. Ann Mausbach is the author of School Leadership through the Seasons: A Guide to Staying Focused and Getting Results All Year (Routledge Eye on Education, 2016) and Align the Design: A Blueprint for School Improvement (ASCD, 2008). These books provide practical guidance to school leaders interested in creating lasting reform in their schools. Ann has served as a central office leader in a variety of roles including Coordinator of Staff Development, Director of Curriculum, Director of Elementary Education and an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a PhD from the University of Kansas. She currently works as an Assistant Professor for Educational Leadership at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.


"Sweeney and Mausbach explore the necessary ingredients to a successful instructional coach partnership between the principal and the coaches...This is a must read for building leadership teams implementing an instructional coach program"

-- Timothy S. Grieves, Ph. D., Chief Administrator, Northwest Area Education Agency, Sioux City
"Leading Student-Centered Coaching is an extremely beneficial resource that any administrator and coach should have on hand so they can effectively reinforce the ultimate outcome for school - kids learning. The tips and ideas are simple to pull from the book at any time and to authentically enact by both school leaders and coaches in order to promote effective student learning. If we frame coaching as being inclusive, or for all teachers, then we build on the belief that coaching is about partnering to meet the needs of each and every student."

-- Amanda Brueggeman, Literacy Coach, Wentzville School District

"This book synthesized the work necessary of school leaders when working with the coach... As a principal who was a student centered coach, this book has shown me how I can tweak the skills I learned and apply them with a leadership lens...My leadership team is studying teacher collective efficacy and this book has helped me see how we can align the coaching work, my work as the leader together to build that efficacy!"

-- Kelly Neylon, Principal, Meadowview School, Woodridge District 68

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