Leadership Coaching for High Performance 2015

"Leadership Coaching for High Performance helped me develop and refine coaching skills that I use every day in my work with school and district leaders. I highly recommend LCHP to anyone who is responsible for helping others improve their professional performance." — Jim Lentz, (former KS Superintendent of the Year), Consultant at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center

Education — and the role of educators — is changing rapidly.
How equipped are you to lead the change?

Coaching is an incredibly powerful way for education leaders, like you, to make an immediate, significant impact in the schools that they lead. Coaching has been proven to transform relationships, increase learning and dramatically change school cultures.

This four-day event is designed specifically for district and school leaders who are committed to engaging in conversations that lead to transformational changes. Essential components of this highly successful seminar include:

  • Principles of effective leadership coaching
  • Coaching language that produces reflective practice and increased performance
  • Effective coaching behaviors of committed listening, paraphrasing and presuming positive intent
  • Feedback that empowers, encourages and effectively communicates
  • Coaching labs designed to accelerate knowledge and skill acquisition

A valuable use of Title II funds. SCECHs and Grand Valley State University Graduate credits available.

Traverse Bay Area ISD
1101 Red Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

June 29 - July 2, 2015
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
$877 per person (includes all materials)
* 50% refunds after April 29 (60 days prior to event).No refunds after June 14.
Special hotel rates available:
Cambria Suites
Hotel code: Learning Forward, Results Coaching
255 Munson Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
231.778.8000 (call for reservations)
Questions: call Amy Colton at 734-645-5995, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learning, Collaboration, and Results: Are We Ready for 2015-16

by Tesha J. Thomas, Ed.S.

Yes, it’s that time of year. Classrooms are warm and sticky, kids are too antsy to stay in their seats, and teachers are furiously working to finish up those last instructional units before the year comes to an end. But as the school year draws to a close, many of us have been planning for 2015-16 throughout the past several months. We’ve been working on student schedules, planning professional development, and revising lesson plans – just to name a few. But how much time have we spent reflecting on our school’s capacity to function as a professional learning community? Have we made plans to help us increase our effectiveness as a PLC?

In his book, Professional Learning Communities at Work, Rick DuFour discusses the three big ideas of a PLC:

  1. A focus on learning
  2. Collaborative culture, and
  3. A focus on results.

As we think about the 2015-16 school year, we should be asking ourselves how dedicated we are to these three big ideas.

For example, we could ask ourselves the question: Are we truly focused on learning in our school?

We have a mission statement that says we are here to help all students learn. Do we live that mission statement every single day? Do the decisions we make encourage student learning, or are there some decisions that actually impede student learning, e.g., interrupting class periods with continuous PA announcements, pulling students out of class for various activities, spending 3 class periods watching a movie after we’ve just read the same book. These questions require serious soul searching but if we are going to increase student achievement, we must have a laser-like focus on learning.

Then we have the concept of creating a collaborative culture within our schools. We know we are better when we work together, so what are we doing as a school to build collaborative teams? And once we have built those collaborative teams, what are we doing to ensure that those conversations are focused on learning? We can get together and talk all day, but that doesn’t mean it is going to improve student achievement. What protocols and procedures guide our collaborative team time? What are the expected outcomes and how do they impact student learning? The answers to these questions can help us strengthen the effectiveness of our collaborative teams.

Finally, we know that successful professional learning communities measure their effectiveness using data as opposed to intentions. For years teachers have made instructional decisions using phrases like, “the kids liked it” and “I think it went really well.” But if we appropriately focus on student results, our teachers become clearer on what they are teaching, they come to agreement on what constitutes proficiency, and they monitor student learning to make sure students are reaching those proficiency levels. We need to ask ourselves, do we have an answer to the question, “What do we want our students to know and be able to do?” Do we have common summative and formative assessments to help us determine whether students have learned it? Do we use that data to make instructional decisions? Do we have a plan in place for those students who haven’t learned the material? Following through on the answers to the questions can completely change the way we do business in our schools, for the better.

So, as we wade through those sticky classrooms trying to keep antsy students in their seats while we rush to fit in that last bit of curriculum, make sure to set aside some time to reflect on those three big ideas. If we work as a team to keep the focus on learning, collaborate to improve achievement, and focus on results, 2015-16 will be a great year.

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