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The F.A.C.E. of Newsletters

Newsletters are often found in the school setting. Principals and instructional coaches use them to communicate with faculty members. Teachers use them to communicate with families. District offices used them to communicate with staff and stakeholders. During a recent instructional coaching training I facilitated I shared examples of the newsletter format I used as a coach. […]
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Summer Book Study

The #educoach Twitter Chat has been in existence since July 27, 2011. The weekly chat is devoted to the topic to instructional coaching and leadership. We meet each Wednesday at 9pm CST. Sumer has proven to be an excellent time to read, learn and grow with each other. We will be starting our summer book […]
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The Ripple Effect

As an educator, I am drawn to movies that depict teachers and other aspects of education. Often the plot is highly predictable, but each uniquely inspirational. The teacher in the movie learns to believe in a student or group of students who often do not believe in themselves. The teacher tries everything in his/her power […]
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#EduCoach Blog Challenge is BACK!

Last October (2015), during Connected Educator Month, the #EduCoach Twitter Community took part in a blog challenge. Many educators used this form of open communication to share ideas with others, reflect on educational practices, and connect and collaborate with one another. They were challenged to post once a week and encouraged to comment on fellow […]
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Transformation Lessons: Home Improvement

Have you ever totally transformed a space in your home or classroom? Have you successfully transformed a school culture? What did it take to accomplish the transformation? Today we will explore the stages in transformations. Each stage is critical to the larger picture. Background A few months ago I transformed a room in my basement into a home […]
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21 Days of Heart Centered Actions for Educators

Update: Registration is now closed. Educators lead very busy lives. Our TO DO list grows each day. Lessons to plan. Data to analyze. New techniques to study. Students to inspire. Families and communities to communicate with. And the list goes on. When we aren’t living our “school lives” we may be caring for family, friends, pets […]
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Together We Are Stronger

Every Wednesday evening from 9-10pm (Central Standard Time) educators from around the globe interested in instructional coaching join together to learn from each other and grow stronger together! It is an hour of inspiration and motivation as we continually refine our craft in the area of instructional coaching. The chat celebrated its 4 year anniversary in July (and […]
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Blogging To Enhance Your Professional Practice

This post is a guest post I wrote for ASCD Inservice during Connected Educator Month 2015. The original post can be found here.  Writing has long been a way to reflect. People have kept journals and diaries kept for centuries. Some have become published works of art, while others are simple records of individuals’ thoughts. […]
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My Goal is for YOU to SHINE!

“Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.”  – Atul Gawande How do you become your personal best? Dr. Atul Gawande found that coaching was the key. You can read his thoughts on how coaching changed his performance as a brain surgeon in the New Yorker article Personal Best: Top athletes […]
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The Marshmallow Challenge

Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer Put a room for of adults into small groups and  give each group 10 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, 1 marshmallow, a set of guidelines and 18 minutes and what do you get? TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION, TRIAL and ERROR, THOUGHTFUL DIALOGUE, and FUN! The Marshmallow Challenge was recently […]