Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level

by Diane Sweeney


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Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level by Diane Sweeney

Your straightforward resource for coaching partnerships that focus on student learning

This follow-up to Sweeney's bestseller applies the principles and tools of student-centered coaching to the unique challenges of middle and high schools. By focusing coaching on student learning—rather than on fixing teachers—a coach can make a measurable impact on student achievement. Sweeney provides guidance for:

  • Tackling the challenge of coaching across a variety of content areas at the secondary level
  • Extending coaching to teams of teachers, rather than just individuals
  • Using standards, such as the Common Core, to coach toward specific goals for student learning
  • Embedding formative assessments into coaching conversations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452299488
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Pages: 149
Sales rank: 114,862
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Diane Sweeney is the author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals (Corwin, 2011) and Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (Corwin, 2013). Each of these books is grounded in the simple but powerful premise that coaching can be designed to more directly impact student learning. Her first book, Learning Along the Way (Stenhouse, 2003) shares the story of how an urban elementary school transformed itself to become a learning community.

Diane spends her time speaking and consulting for schools and educational organizations across the country. She is also an instructor for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. When she isn’t working in schools, she loves to spend time outside with her family in Denver, Colorado.

Table of Contents

About the Author
How Do I Make It Happen in My Own School?
How to Use This Book
1. Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level
Why Student-Centered Coaching?
A Comparison of Coaching Models: Student-Centered, Teacher-Centered, and Relationship-Driven Coaching
Formative Assessment: The Foundation for Student-Centered Coaching
A Case in Point: Corey at Benton High School
Leading the Coaching Effort
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
2. Getting Student-Centered Coaching Up and Running
Where to Begin?
Invitational vs. Assigned Coaching
The Flow of Coaching
Coaching Cycles
Engaging Reluctant Teachers
Scheduling Student-Centered Coaching
A Case in Point: A Framework for Coaching at Arrupe Jesuit High School
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
3. Coaching Teachers to Assess and Deliver
What Does it Mean to ‘Assess and Deliver’?
A Marriage Between Backward Design and Coaching
Creating Opportunities for Students to Self-Evaluate and Receive Feedback
A Case in Point: DSST Public Schools, Denver
Taking it Beyond a Charter School in Denver
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
4. Measuring the Impact of Student-Centered Coaching
Designing for Impact
Using the Result-Based Coaching Tool to Measure Student and Teacher Learning
First Things First: Identifying a Goal for Student Learning
Collecting Baseline Data
Planning Based on Student Work
Capturing Teacher Growth
Capturing Student Growth
Measuring the Impact of Small Group Collaboration
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
5. Leading the Coaching Effort
Merging Accountability and Support
What’s Our Focus?
Driven by Data Analysis
Leaders Know Good Instruction When They See It
Clarifying Roles
A Case in Point: Wilson Middle School
Principal and Coach Roles
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
6. Designing a School Culture That’s About Student Learning
Part I. Designing a Student-Centered School Culture
The ‘No Opt Out’ School Culture
What About Buy-In?
Qualities of a School That Maintains a Culture of Learning
Developing Systems to Support Teacher Learning
Dealing with Differing Beliefs
Part II. Coaching Within a Culture of Learning
Culture and Confidentiality
Feedback that Contributes to a Culture of Learning
Using Video as a Source of Feedback
A Case in Point: Beliefs at Arrupe Jesuit High School
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
7. Student-Centered Learning Labs
Three Generations of Learning Labs: Model Classrooms, Peer-Learning Labs, Student-Centered Learning Labs
Coaching and Follow Up
Which Type of Lab is Right for You?
A Case in Point: Learning Labs at Arrupe Jesuit High School
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
8. Developing Systems to Prepare and Support Coaches
The ‘What’—A Curriculum for Supporting Coaches
The ‘How’—A Framework for Supporting Coaches
Differentiating for Coaches
Engaging Reluctant Coaches
A Case in Point: Supporting Coaches in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Tools and Techniques
In Summary
In Closing
Resources to Support Student-Centered Coaching

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