Written by Joseph Kanke, Statewide Coaching Coordinator
Article aligns with coaching competencies: 1.a, 1.b, 2.c, 2.d, 5.a, 6.b & 6.c
Realizing that many professional learning opportunities have been modified or put on hold, I reached out to a few colleagues to hear what they’ve been reading or listening to that has resonated with their coaching work. I’m sharing a few suggestions below for your summer perusal.
Becky McMorrow, a Research to Practice coach from CESA 6 suggests listening to the podcast:
Unlocking Us by Brene Brown - Brene Brown has a way of bringing awareness to experiences that are collectively difficult for us to name. Using language to describe things that are concrete and linear is something that we are used to and can usually do with relative ease. Using language to describe situations, events, and things that are less tangible is something that is not always easy to do. However, in Brene Brown's (relatively) new podcast called Unlocking Us, she brings clarity to situations and circumstances that live in the world in intangibility. She demonstrates the vulnerability that she teaches and talks about and all of this is done with her witty sense of humor. It is probably no surprise by reading this review that I am a huge fan of her work. The reason for this is because she lives what she believes and teaches others. It's real and relatable. Her work has an impact on the way that I approach teaching and coaching as she provides a framework and model I strive for.
Theresa Stanely, a Research to Practice coach from CESA 11 is reading:
Developing Assessment Capable Visible Learners-Maximizing Skill, Will and Thrill Grades K-12 - It is filled with solid, applicable best practices and video clips to show real teachers in action using high leverage strategies.
To Know and Nurture a Reader-Conferring with Confidence and Joy by Kari Yates and Christina Nosek is an excellent resource for digging into authentic literacy conferring.
Resources on feedback specific to secondary educators is a little harder to find. Check out this article from The Cult of Pedagogy for how an English teacher engaged her students in receiving and participating in feedback conferences. Her single point rubric is a game changer!
What I’ve been reading:
Having Hard Conversations Unpacked by Jennifer Abrams. This text looks at how to speak intentionally with colleagues about work-related issues through a planned, interactive, and persona approach.
Pivot: The only move that matters is your next one by Jenny Blake. This text has you double down on your existing strengths and interest to shift in a new, related direction, instead of looking so far outside of yourself for answers that you skp over your hard-won expertise and experience.
High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight. Knight provides an accessible road map for professional learning to empower and support you in making changes to your practice.