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Reflections from Chick-fil-A and GiANT IMPACT

“We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well.” ~ Truett Cathy I can’t believe it has been over a month since my last blog post. It is time to get back in the weekly writing groove! For the past 6 weeks I […]
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Instructional Coaching is like an Oreo Cookie

I have been trying to develop a short and simple way to describe the coaching process to the educators at the new schools I will be joining this year. An Oreo Cookie popped into my head – probably because I’ve been trying to stay away from sweets lately! I learned early on in my career […]
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Getting up from a Fall

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but instead rising every time we fall.”  ~ Confucious Falling, whether physically or emotionally, is not an opportunity we tend to look forward to. I doubt any of us wake up each morning hoping to fall. The physical or emotional pain takes a toll on us. Yet, […]
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You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important

If you have read the book The Help or seen the movie you know that “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important” is a memorable line. After the character Aibeeelen witnesses the child (Mae Mobley Leefort) she is caring for being hurt over and over again by her mother, she decides to do […]
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Principal – Instructional Coach Relationship

Once a month I will be writing a blog post for my agency, Northwest AEA, in Sioux City, Iowa. Each of our specialty areas submits a post once a month. I have been asked to submit this year’s posts on the topic of Instructional Coaching. I have decided I will include each post on my […]
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The Little Things MATTER – Believe in Each Other!

“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” -Patricia Neal Have you checked out the newspaper inserts or the aisles at your local store? Who can miss the school supplies. They are everywhere. I’m a school supply geek. I love wandering the aisles looking for the […]
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Attention: Instructional Coaches

Instructional Coaching programs are usually initiated because a school/district/or outside agency has a DREAM or vision to add instructional coaching positions as a support system for the educators in the building. Coaching can be somewhat of an isolated position, especially if there are minimal coaches at a school. Collaboration among coaches is just as important […]
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Wicked: Who has changed you FOR GOOD?

The night of the Academy Awards brought this post and tonight the TONY’S! Do you have a Bucket List? A list of things you want to do in life? Places you want to see? People you want to touch? Lives you want to be a part of? For me, one item on my Bucket List […]
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Customer Service…

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou A comment made by the facilitator of my administrative program sticks in my head to this day. He would visit us throughout our program. During one visit he […]
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A Week in the Life of an Instructional Coach …

As president-elect of Iowa Staff Development Council I’m very proud of the mission of the entire Learning Forward organization. “Every educator engages in effective professional learning everyday so every student achieves.” As an instructional coach, I strive to carry out this mission each and everyday. The most fulfilling part of my job comes in the form […]