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Student-Centered Coaching From a Distance

Student-Centered Coaching From a Distance
Coaching Moves for Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Classrooms

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February 2021 | 192 pages | Corwin
Ideas, inspiration, and the ‘moves’ to keep student learning at the center of instructional coaching--no matter where it occurs

As we return to ‘normal’ the guidance in this book will ensure we continue to focus on deeply knowing our students, having a coherent and focused curriculum, and coaching from a place of formative assessment and evidence. Authors Diane Sweeney and Leanna Harris, whose best-selling books have influenced thousands of K-12 coaches, have written Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance to help coaches and teachers adapt. Each chapter includes coaching ‘moves’ that can be used in virtual, hybrid, and in person settings. These technology-focused moves are accompanied by language stems, note catchers, and other tools that provide structure and coherence to coaching conversations. Each chapter also provides specific moves that promote equity and work to remove many of the barriers that have been brought into clearer focus during the challenges of our times. Readers will find:

a highly effective coaching approach tailored to the distance learning context
strategies to help close opportunity gaps
in-depth instruction for co-teaching from a distance

The enduring practices in this book will help coaches partner with teachers during challenging times and keep student learning at the center--for years to come. 
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Keep the Focus on Student Learning
Move 1: Continue to Coach in a Way That’s Student-Centered

Move 2: Build Relationships from a Distance

Move 3: Determine What Learning is Essential

Move 4: Find New Ways to Address Gaps

What Can We Carry Forward?

Chapter 2: Mini Coaching Cycles: A Structure to Engage Teachers in This Moment
Move 1: Document the Impact of Mini Coaching Cycles

Move 2: Start by Determining the Outcome

Move 3: Ground the Work in Different Forms of Student Evidence

Move 4: Co-Teach the Lesson Synchronously or Asynchronously

Move 5: Reflect and Co-Plan the Next Lesson

What Can We Carry Forward?

Chapter 3: Using Student Evidence from a Distance
Move 1: Think in New Ways About Student Evidence

Move 2: Know What You are Looking For

Move 3: Look for and Build Upon Students’ Strengths

Move 4: Sort Evidence to Differentiate Instruction Across Platforms

What Can We Carry Forward?

Chapter 4: Co-Plan with Teachers and Teams
Move 1: Leverage and Embrace Technology

Move 2: Start from the Intended Learning

Move 3: Co-Plan Units within an LMS

Move 4: Co-Plan Lessons that Don’t Leave Any Students Behind

What Can We Carry Forward?

Chapter 5: Co-Teach Virtually and In Person
Move 1: Expand our View of Co-Teaching

Move 2: Co-Assess Across Platforms

Move 3: Co-Deliver Across Platforms

Move 4: More Tips for Co-Teaching

What Can We Carry Forward?

Chapter 6: Coaching for Rigor and Engagement
Move 1: Create Conditions for Independent Learning

Move 2: Self-Assessment Is a Must

Move 3: Cultivate Independent Learners Through Rigor and Independence

Move 4: Coach Toward Deep Learning Experiences for Students

What can we Carry Forward?

Chapter 7: Building Partnerships in Challenging Times
Move 1: Partner with the Principal

Move 2: Partner with Teachers

Move 3: Partner with other Coaches

Move 4: Nurture Your School Culture

What Can We Carry Forward?

Resource A: Results-Based Coaching Tool
Resource B: Coaching Logs for Full and Mini Coaching Cycles
Resource C: Co-Planning Tools
Resource D: Protocols and Agreements
Resource E: Tools for Self-Assessment
Resource F: Language for Coaching
Resource G: Checklists for Coaching


Diane R. Sweeney

Diane Sweeney has been an author and educational consultant since 1999.  The author of Moves for Launching a New Year of Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2022), Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Corwin, 2021), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018), and Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural... More About Author

Leanna Sulzer Harris

Leanna Harris is the author of The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020) and Student-Centered Coaching:The Moves (Corwin, 2016). She has worked as a teacher, coach, and consultant across grades K-12 and currently works with Diane Sweeney Consulting to help schools and districts implement student-centered coaching. Her work is based upon the belief that professional development for teachers is most effective when it is grounded in outcomes for student achievement - for every child, every day.Leanna is a passionate skier and cyclist. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and three kids. More About Author

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