Supporting teachers is challenging work.
It takes a team…or better yet an alliance. If you’re a coach or principal looking to help teachers do their best work, this is for you.
Can we get real for a minute?
Coaching teachers in 2022 is different.
Teachers are burned out.
You don't need me to tell you how exhausted your teachers are. They're feeling increased pressure from all directions. Even some of your most ambitious teachers are losing hope. Many are in survival mode. How do we support teachers in this “new normal”?
Your role is more challenging now than ever before.
We’re all feeling the pressure. Pressure to catch students up. Pressure to get the staff you need. Pressure to keep the teachers you already have. Being a coach or school leader means being ready and flexible when it comes to change, but there was no way to predict exactly how much change you would be expected to deal with. How are you supposed to help your teachers when circumstances are changing daily?
The answer: We can only do it if we’re working together!
Now, more than ever, teachers need a more holistic approach to the support they receive. Coaching the Whole Educator leads to increased well-being, improved school culture, and most importantly, increase student learning. Our process meets teachers where they are to ensure everyone has the opportunity to grow–even the most resistant teachers.
But you can’t do it alone.
We need an alliance of school leaders to make this happen. Whether you’re a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, or even teacher leader, we must work together to meet the varying needs of our teachers. There is a huge opportunity for us to amplify our work, if that work is aligned and coherent.
This program will help you develop the skillset you need to be successful in supporting your teachers to do their best work. More importantly, it will also provide the structure to ensure your alliance of leaders is aligned in that support. It truly takes a village, but that village must be working together in more meaningful ways.
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What You Get
Inside, you'll learn The Whole Educator Approach.
Typically, principals and coaches are hired because of demonstrated content knowledge and skillful teaching in the classroom. This program will intentionally develop your coaching skills - your ability to impact and influence others. Even those who have been trained in coaching or instructional leadership, rarely get the information they need to coach the whole educator. This leads to more resistance and less growth.
Being reflective in your coaching practice is only made stronger by... coaching, of course! We'll work through your roadblocks together as an alliance.
Being in a leadership or coaching role often feels extremely isolated. Inside this community, you'll be working alongside other coaches and school leaders who get it.
You’ll build shared understanding and collective leader efficacy. AND we will help you build the structure and systems you need for that work to happen.
(The Whole Educator Approach)
Step 1: Differentiate Levels of Willingness
Distinguish the different “levels” your teachers are on as diverse learners, and identify strategies that would support those various levels. This gives you a sense of agency in their ability to impact all teachers, no matter your teachers’ willingness to embrace challenge and change.
Step 2: Build Trust
We will break down the building blocks that make up trust as well as the behaviors and ways of being that build trust. You will learn course-specific powerful communication tools that build trust and can be immediately embedded within the job.
Step 3: Identify Mindsets and Limiting Beliefs
One of the keys to unlocking impact is to understand and recognize Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset, and what it looks like in adults. You will learn strategies on how to support and grow adult Growth Mindsets one on one as well as support a Growth Mindset culture.
Step 4: Unpack Complaints
You will learn how useful complaints are! We “unpack” the complaints together and practice getting empowered and action-oriented around the complaints. There is an important distinction made between being empowered and toxic positivity. You will build on the mindset work and deepen your mindset-shifting practices.
Step 5: Intentionally Address Teacher Needs
Dig into my signature coaching model, called the SUSS It Out Model. This can be used in one-one-one coaching scenarios or in conversations with school leadership around shifting school culture. Using the model, you will “drill down” to uncover the source of undesirable teacher behaviors.
Step 6: Clarify Priorities and Take Focused Action
Continue looking deeply into your beliefs, mindsets and priorities. Uncover how your beliefs and commitments fit into the context of the school’s priorities. Sometimes, district-led initiatives can feel thwarting to a coach’s intentions and priorities. Here, you will learn strategies that empower you in all contexts, including reconciling their school/district priorities with your own.
You can be the impactful leader you were meant to be.
- You can help teachers navigate these times and who empowers every teacher to make an impact when it matters most.
- You can master a transformative coaching method that allows you to fully support teachers even during the most challenging circumstances.
- You can restore confidence, lighten the pressure, and help your teachers fall back in love with teaching so they stay in the profession.
- AND you can foster the strong relationship among your school leadership team that you need to effectively support all of the teachers in your building.
You had a clear, research-based method for your work that helped you reach every teacher in your school.
You had all the support you needed to reflect when faced with the unavoidable challenges that come with your role.
You had effective collaboration among your leadership team that ensured your work was magnified.
You had a place to connect with other educators who work in similar roles so you could share with people who get it.
The Whole Educator Principal-Coach Alliance
Learn a transformative approach for identifying and developing the potential in every teacher.
What does the Whole Educator Approach look like?
- The principal/coach has resigned to the fact that some teachers will embrace change naturally, some will be hesitant, and others will downright refuse to change. The principal/coach doesn't see their work as a solution to this problem.
- Teachers are afraid to take risks and tend to stick to what's familiar for fear of being judged or criticized.
- The principal/coach spends the majority of the time in the office, researching and organizing.
- The principal/coach is more comfortable in some classrooms than in others, and spends the majority of the time observing and taking notes.
- When the principal/coach leads a training, teachers are glancing at their phones or watching the clock. They're attending the training because they're required to do so. Implementation is hit or miss.
- Some teachers may benefit from the coaching if they take advantage of it... but not every teacher does.
Whole Educator Principals/Coaches:
- Every teacher embraces new changes because they know their principal/coach will consider and attend to their needs as they work to implement change.
- Every teacher feels safe to try new things because they know they are fully supported on the journey to improve their practice.
- The principal/coach is in and out of classrooms throughout the day, welcomed (and even sought out) by teachers who are actively working to implement, reflect, and share.
- The principal/coach intentionally builds relationships with every teacher to gain a more clear understanding of their individual strengths and needs.
- When the Whole Educator Principal/Coach leads a training, teachers pay attention. They ask meaningful questions. You can see the wheels turning! Even the most resistant teacher can't help but be bought in.
- Every single teacher benefits from the coaching.
In addition to the
On-Demand Core Content...
What happens each month?
#1- Monthly live training sessions with Chad and Becca
Tune in every month to get a quick, actionable training on strategies you can use with your teachers the very next day. The first 30 minutes will be a recorded training, and the second 30 minutes will be a hot seat call where you can bring your struggles and get coaching in an intimate setting.
#2- Monthly Printable Reference Guide
Each month, we'll focus on a theme related to coaching. You'll be supported with a printable guide to add to your coaching toolkit that includes:
- A quick reference sheet on the theme
- Coaching sentence stems
- Language shifts
#3- Weekly Check-Ins with Self-Paced Modules
We'll challenge you to take your practice to the next level with a quick, monthly challenge.
Monthly Content Themes Include...
Encouraging reluctant teachers to engage in coaching
Analyzing teacher needs based on your school improvement plan to ensure every teacher gets the support they need to reach your collective goals.
How to work with the big feelings of teachers
Establishing structures that ensure efficient and effective collaboration among your leadership alliance.
Empowering burning out teachers
Building teacher engagement (and not just compliance)
Overcoming resistant behaviors
Replacing toxic positivity with authentic communication that addresses the real issues
How to communicate so your teachers will listen
The 3 skills every coach must have
Ways that you are unknowingly weakening your leadership
Live Team Coaching: 8pm EST