The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation
Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.
From the Back Cover 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