“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
If you would have told me years ago I would be an author, I wouldn’t have believed you. Expressing my thoughts in writing was a dreaded chore throughout my schooling. But, my fixed mindset about writing led to making sure my students didn’t experience the same. Even as an adult, writing wasn’t on the top of my favorite things to do. You can read more about my journey here.
Yet, over the years, there has been something unsettled deep inside. Writing seeds were planted by mentors, coaches, and friends. I often ignored the idea. Lack of confidence always seemed to speak louder.
I finally took the plunge into public writing with my blog. I often find my flow – especially when it comes to sharing reflections and ideas about coaching. Writing has become a vehicle of service to others. Being the guide on the side and helping others SHINE has always been my calling starting in my childhood basement classroom, to a teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant.
Writing is still challenging for me, yet I’ve resolved – that’s the beauty of the craft. Stringing words together until a complete thought is formed is a discovery into my soul. The deeper I dig, the more I discover.
There are so many wonderful books about coaching. It is surreal to see my name on the cover of two books! I’m grateful for the insights of my co-authors. Together we did write books we wanted to read ourselves.
It is my hope that these books help build your confidence in our common love of serving others with coaching!
Shine on, friends!
Compassionate Coaching: How to Help Educators Navigate Barriers to Professional Growth
When we embark on a journey, every action revolves around the destination. Of course, not all trips are smooth sailing. We inevitably hit distractions, obstacles, and detours. These challenges threaten to blow us off course, but when we stay focused on the destination rather than the barriers, we can move forward.
The same is true in education. Barriers to effective teaching are neither permanent states nor character traits. Rather, they are temporary challenges successful coaches help teachers overcome by connecting them with the right methods and keeping them focused on the destination.
In Compassionate Coaching, Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee identify the six most vexing challenges teachers face—lack of confidence, failure, overload, disruption, isolation, and school culture challenges—and the six corresponding ways that coaches can help teachers surmount them, dubbed the compassionate coaching focus areas.
Coaching with compassion is a process focused on partnership, empowerment, prioritization, routine, connection, and openness. Done well, it can result in transformational improvements to student achievement and teacher work satisfaction. In some cases, it can even shift the trajectory of whole schools.
Roadblocks and detours can get in our way when we are coaching just as they can during any journey. Instead of grumbling about the setbacks, we can open our eyes to the possibilities of a new and better route. That’s what compassionate coaching offers. Let’s go!
Publication Date: June 29, 2021. Preorders are available.
The Coach Approach to School Leadership: How to Lead Teachers to Higher Levels of Effectiveness
This book addresses the dilemma faced by many principals: how to function as learning leaders while fulfilling their evaluative and management duties. Our answer? Incorporating instructional coaching techniques as an integral part of serious school improvement.
The Coach Approach to School Leadership explains how principals can:
Master the skill of “switching hats” between the nonjudgmental coach role and the evaluative supervisor role.
Expand their classroom visits and combine coaching with evaluation requirements.
Nurture relationships with teachers and build positive school culture.
Provide high-quality feedback to support the development of both teachers and students.
Empower teachers to lead their own professional learning and work together as a team.
Drawing from our work with schools as well as our conversations with educators across the globe, this thought-provoking book speaks to the unique needs of principals as instructional leaders, providing solutions to challenges in every aspect of this complex endeavor.
The role of the principal is changing at a rapid pace. Let this resource guide you in improving your own practice while helping teachers master the high-quality instruction that leads to student success.