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Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

March 2013 | 160 pages | Corwin
Teaching in today's classrooms is different, so why shouldn't coaching strategies evolve too? Shift the conversation from teacher "shoulds" to innovative systems and structures that build lasting student success. This powerful follow-up to Diane Sweeney's Student Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals is a strategy-packed roadmap to dynamic teacher-coach collaborations in middle and high schools.

Written for coaches who work with secondary teachers in all content areas, Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level offers rich case studies and practical tips and tools. Coaches and administrators get real-world specifics on

Core practices for tackling the unique challenges of coaching across a variety of content areas at the secondary level

Extending coaching to teams of teachers, rather than just individuals

Using standards, such as the Common Core, to coach toward specific goals for student learning

Embedding formative assessments into coaching conversations

Moving past teacher resistance

Working in tandem with principals to ensure that coaching accomplishes the goal of increased student learning

With graphic organizers, planning matrices, and other valuable resources, this step-by-step guide is your ultimate roadmap to coaching success. By focusing coaching on student learning—rather than on fixing teachers—you can make a measurable impact on student achievement.

About the Author
How Do I Make It Happen in My Own School?  
How to Use This Book  
1. Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level
Why Student-Centered Coaching?  
A Comparison of Coaching Models: Student-Centered, Teacher-Centered, and Relationship-Driven Coaching  
Formative Assessment: The Foundation for Student-Centered Coaching  
A Case in Point: Corey at Benton High School  
Leading the Coaching Effort  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
2. Getting Student-Centered Coaching Up and Running
Where to Begin?  
Invitational vs. Assigned Coaching  
The Flow of Coaching  
Coaching Cycles  
Engaging Reluctant Teachers  
Scheduling Student-Centered Coaching  
A Case in Point: A Framework for Coaching at Arrupe Jesuit High School  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
3. Coaching Teachers to Assess and Deliver
What Does it Mean to ‘Assess and Deliver’?  
A Marriage Between Backward Design and Coaching  
Creating Opportunities for Students to Self-Evaluate and Receive Feedback  
A Case in Point: DSST Public Schools, Denver  
Taking it Beyond a Charter School in Denver  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
4. Measuring the Impact of Student-Centered Coaching
Designing for Impact  
Using the Result-Based Coaching Tool to Measure Student and Teacher Learning  
First Things First: Identifying a Goal for Student Learning  
Collecting Baseline Data  
Planning Based on Student Work  
Capturing Teacher Growth  
Capturing Student Growth  
Measuring the Impact of Small Group Collaboration  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
5. Leading the Coaching Effort
Merging Accountability and Support  
What’s Our Focus?  
Driven by Data Analysis  
Leaders Know Good Instruction When They See It  
Clarifying Roles  
A Case in Point: Wilson Middle School  
Principal and Coach Roles  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
6. Designing a School Culture That’s About Student Learning
Part I. Designing a Student-Centered School Culture  
The ‘No Opt Out’ School Culture  
What About Buy-In?  
Qualities of a School That Maintains a Culture of Learning  
Developing Systems to Support Teacher Learning  
Dealing with Differing Beliefs  
Part II. Coaching Within a Culture of Learning  
Culture and Confidentiality  
Feedback that Contributes to a Culture of Learning  
Using Video as a Source of Feedback  
A Case in Point: Beliefs at Arrupe Jesuit High School  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
7. Student-Centered Learning Labs
Three Generations of Learning Labs: Model Classrooms, Peer-Learning Labs, Student-Centered Learning Labs  
Coaching and Follow Up  
Which Type of Lab is Right for You?  
A Case in Point: Learning Labs at Arrupe Jesuit High School  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
8. Developing Systems to Prepare and Support Coaches
The ‘What’—A Curriculum for Supporting Coaches  
The ‘How’—A Framework for Supporting Coaches  
Differentiating for Coaches  
Engaging Reluctant Coaches  
A Case in Point: Supporting Coaches in Council Bluffs, Iowa  
Tools and Techniques  
In Summary  
In Closing
Resources to Support Student-Centered Coaching

"The true test of the effectiveness of coaching is whether or not students improve. Diane Sweeney’s new book is incredibly helpful explaining how to set student goals and measure progress toward them. Any instructional coach should find the book an essential resource."

Jim Knight, author of High-Impact Instruction

"Diane Sweeney's work on coaching has profoundly impacted my thinking. In my work with instructional coaching and coaching programs I am shifting my focus to student centered conversations. This latest book has given me additional tools for challenging coaches to move to this level of depth in their work."

Cindy Harrison, Senior Consultant
Learning Forward

"Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level provides both veteran and novice instructional coaches and school leaders with practical tips and tools they can use to move instructional coaching from focusing on teacher behavior to focusing on student learning. It provides strategies to help demonstrate the direct impact that coaching has on student achievement."

Deborah Mitchell, New Teacher Induction Coordinator
Merced Union High School District, Merced, CA

"This book is a fresh look at the topic of coaching, geared specifically for the secondary school setting, and taking into consideration the transition to Common Core and the increased focus on teacher effectiveness. This is a must read no matter what your experience has been with instructional coaching in the past: effective or ineffective."

Leslie Standerfer, Principal
Estrella Foothills High School, Goodyear, AZ

"Finally, a book that affirms the hard work that teachers, coaches, and administrators are doing to ensure learning and growth for all students"

Linda Phillips, Teacher, Instructional Specialist-Mathematics
Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, WA

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Chapter 1: Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

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Diane R. Sweeney

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.... More About Author

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