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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo on Fostering Schoolwide Culture of Coaching

  • October 31, 2019

In the November 2019 issue of Educational Leadership Magazine, by ASCD, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Chief Schools Officer, breaks down how school leaders can foster a schoolwide culture of coaching to improve both teacher instruction and student success.

Small steps can appear meaningless to more veteran educators, and micro-feedback might seem like it would take “too long” for teachers to master classroom management. However, as Paul points out, it’s precisely these moments of feedback that have the largest results for both educators and students.

Using the example of Aly, a new teacher at Uncommon North Star Academy, and her teacher-coach Madison, Paul breaks down coaching into these elements:

  • Small action steps so teachers can quickly grow
  • Share language for key “action steps” to ensure all educators are aligned in action and understanding
  • One giant step to master the highest-leverage action step at that time
  • Observable and clear action steps for better reflection, learning, and improving
  • Practicing and practicing a lot

To read more about creating a schoolwide culture of coaching, read Paul’s full article on ASCD.