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Coaching Conversations

Coaching Conversations
Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time

Foreword by Dennis Sparks

July 2012 | 128 pages | Corwin
Being a successful school leader has become an increasingly complex role that demands not only tremendous craft knowledge and skills but also highly developed interpersonal skills. Coaching Conversations: Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time is a basic handbook for school leaders that provides effective coaching conversational techniques to engage and motivate their school communities to work collaboratively toward total school transformation.Based on current research and the authors' extensive experiences, the bookáoffers anáeffective and inexpensive approach for facilitating transformation through the entire school community. Through practical, easy-to-learn, and easy-to-apply conversational techniques, school leaders can develop open and reflective conversations with all staff members.Coaching conversationsùidentified by the authors as different from supervisory and mentoring conversationsùhave the unique power to create positive changes in how people think and interact. The result is a shift in responsibility for instructional improvement from the school leader to every member of the school community. As everyone participates in the transformation of the school, the entire school community also shares in the celebration of successful changes.
About the Authors
Foreword by Dennis Sparks
1. Coaching Conversations: The Link to Change
2. The New Leadership Model
3. Committed Listening
4. Powerful Speaking
5. Reflective Feedback
6. Putting It All Together: A Way of Being

“This book most definitely makes a distinct contribution to the field of education and any field where human interaction occurs between a leader and his or her subordinates.”

Dana Salles Trevethan, Principal
Turlock High School, CA

“A necessary handbook on any administrator’s desk, this book is an evening read that can be readily operationalized the next morning. The book could serve as a basis for conversation during an administrators’ roundtable discussion.”

Bonnie Tryon, President, School Administrators Association of New York
Principal For Instructional Planning and Support, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central Schools, Cobleskill, NY

“Educators often develop strategies and methodologies based on workplace challenges. The skills are not always the most effective but often emerge from the 'baptism by fire' approach. This book offers strategies and skills that may be incorporated immediately. The material is very useful. In fact, I just used one of the strategies with a member of my team!”

Rob Slauson, Principal
Lincoln Southwest High School, Lincoln, NE

“The book helps school leaders be effective coaches to effectuate necessary change in schools. It is a tremendous asset to any school leader who wants to make a significant difference in the lives of children.”

Roberta Glaser, Retired Assistant Superintendent

"Imagine having the insight and skills to transform simple conversations into opportunities for growth and reflection. While many school leaders wait for professional development days, the most successful leaders recognize that individual conversations held countless times per day serve as the most authentic example of job-embedded professional learning. Educators can facilitate substantive growth in individuals and organizations—one conversation at a time—and this book shows them how."

Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
National Staff Development Council

The authors assist readers with useful tools to increase their ability to engage and motivate school staff while working collectively toward a positive overall school transformation. The greatest strength of this book is that several of the techniques and skill sets mentioned and utilized are in fact common social work communication practices.

Danny Porter, School Social Work Journal, March 2012

Very useful, insightful book. Will plan to use for new adminstrators. Would highly reccommend this book for a class where new admin is your target audience.

Mr Kevin Sieling
School Of Education, Walden University
January 30, 2012

Linda M. Gross Cheliotes

Consulting DescriptionLinda Gross Cheliotes has over 38 years of successful educational experience, including fourteen years as a school administrator. As principal, she transformed her underperforming school to a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. She was named a National Distinguished Principal in 2002 and holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership. For the past two years, Dr. Gross has been a coach and trainer with Coaching for Results, Inc, a national consortium of school leadership coaches. She is a founding member and coach for NAESP’s principal mentor certification program. Dr. Gross currently works with the... More About Author

Marceta Fleming Reilly

Consulting DescriptionMarceta Reilly, PhD, has 42 years of experience in education, moving from teacher to principal to school superintendent in Kansas. Her vision and passion were to create schools that were welcoming to students and families, and centers of learning and success for the entire community. Dr. Reilly is now a leadership coach and has the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation. She is a founding member of Coaching for Results, Inc., and dedicated to partnering with school leaders who are doing transformational work. She uses coaching conversations to help her clients gain... More About Author

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