The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation [NOOK Book]

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The Art of Coaching offers all the tools necessary for professionals who coach educators. It demystifies the process of coaching with easy-to-apply, immediately actionable ideas. Elena Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching designed for new and veteran coaches, teacher leaders, mentors, principals, and other administrators.

This comprehensive research and practice-based guide covers how to create a coaching vision, build trust, listen well, ask powerful questions, ...

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The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

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Overview

The Art of Coaching offers all the tools necessary for professionals who coach educators. It demystifies the process of coaching with easy-to-apply, immediately actionable ideas. Elena Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching designed for new and veteran coaches, teacher leaders, mentors, principals, and other administrators.

This comprehensive research and practice-based guide covers how to create a coaching vision, build trust, listen well, ask powerful questions, and develop a work plan. It also addresses coaching conversations and describes dozens of coaching activities to develop an educator's practice. The Art of Coaching highlights common challenges followed by creative solutions. It's filled with numerous practical tools: rubrics, cheat sheets, and coaching sentence stems. The concluding section on professional development is geared for coaches and those who supervise them. The website, www.elenaaguilar.com, provides a wealth of additional tools and tips.

Praise for The Art of Coaching

"This book challenges coaches to be fully intentional—with equal doses of care and rigor."
Lynda Tredway, Independent Leadership Coach, Washington D.C. and former coordinator, Principal Leadership Institute, U.C. Berkeley

"Elena Aguilar knows how to foster the bravery and humility teachers must have to transform their practices. Her methods will help coaches become the trusted, supportive forces we need in our teaching lives."
Ariel Sacks, teacher leader and education writer, Brooklyn, New York

"To produce drastic gains in the academic achievement levels of our students we need the strongest, most prepared teachers. The Art of Coaching provides concrete, actionable steps to move teachers along the continuum of excellence to meet this challenge head on."
Heather Lechner, turnaround school leader, New Orleans, Louisiana

"In this book, Aguilar masterfully covers the theory of coaching and offers much wise and practical advice brought to life through engaging stories from her experience."
Elizabeth R. Simons, PhD, school coach, Berkeley, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118421024
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 196,062
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Elena Aguilar is an instructional and leadership coach in the Oakland Unified School District. Elena writes about education for Edutopia and for Education Week's Teacher Magazine, and is also a member of the Teacher Leaders Network.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF COACHING 1

Chapter 1: How Can Coaching Transform Schools? 3

Chapter 2: What Is Coaching? 17

Chapter 3: Which Beliefs Help a Coach Be More Effective? 33

Chapter 4: What Must a Coach Know? 45

PART TWO: ESTABLISHING COACHING WITH A CLIENT 73

Chapter 5: Beginning a Coaching Relationship: How Do I Develop

Chapter 6: The Exploration Stage: What Do I Need to Know at the Outset? 97

Chapter 7: Developing a Work Plan: How Do I Determine What to Do? 119

PART THREE: THE COACHING DANCE 145

Chapter 8: Listening and Questioning 147

Chapter 9: Facilitative Coaching Conversations 163

Chapter 10: Facilitative Coaching Activities 175

Chapter 11: Directive Coaching Conversations 195

Chapter 12: Directive Coaching Activities 211

Chapter 13: Technical Tips and Habits of Mind 231

Chapter 14: Reflection and Assessment: What’s Next? 247

PART FOUR: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR COACHES 265

Chapter 15: What Is Professional Development for Coaches? 267

CONCLUSION 287

APPENDIX A: THE COACH’S OPTICAL REFRACTOR (THE COACHING LENSES) 291

APPENDIX B: COACHING SENTENCE STEMS 297

APPENDIX C: TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHING RUBRIC 301

APPENDIX D: CHEAT SHEETS AND LISTS 307

APPENDIX E: RECOMMENDED RESOURCES 311

APPENDIX F: GLOSSARY 317

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 321

REFERENCES 325

INDEX 329

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Although I am usually a fast reader, I admit it took me a while

    Although I am usually a fast reader, I admit it took me a while to read THE ART OF COACHING.  It’s incredibly comprehensive, like a very large pot of soup, and I didn’t want to miss a drop.
    Elena Aguilar, who is an instructional and leadership coach in the Oakland Unified School District, uses her vast experience in this role to provide a steady stream of insights about coaching along with frameworks for how to understand the coaching process.  If you have ever been a coach or “coachee” in a school, you will recognize the scenarios she describes.  I found myself frequently nodding and thinking, Yep, I’ve heard that.  Yep, heard that, too.  And I was fascinated to see how Aguilar handled those situations.  She is obviously very wise and skilled at her work, and her willingness to be self-reflective has clearly contributed to her growth.  Her stories about the challenges of coaching show how difficult and rewarding the work can be.
    Along with explaining different approaches to coaching (she clearly knows that one size does not fit all)—such as, cathartic, supportive, confrontational, informative, prescriptive, and shifting mental models—she offers useful tips on how to conduct coaching conversations and how to guide midyear and end-of-year reflections.
    This book is dense in a good way.  Aguilar peppers it with thought-provoking aphorisms that can cause you to stop and reflect.  For example, “We don’t see things the way they are; we see things the way we are” (The Talmud) led me to pause for several days.  One dominant message in this book is that our beliefs shape our actions, and as coaches, we need to understand the beliefs of our clients in order to help them transform their actions.
    Probably my favorite quote is one that should be applied to ALL fields of employment, not just coaching: “Start measuring your work by the optimism and self-sufficiency you leave behind” (Peter Block, 2011).  Yes, indeed!  Elena Aguilar will have a lot to measure after more people have read this book.  Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC, author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK

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