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The Art of Coaching
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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.
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Introduction xi PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF COACHING 1 Chapter 1: How Can Coaching Transform Schools? 3 Chapter 2: What Is Coaching? 17 Chapter 3: Which Beliefs Help a Coach Be More Effective? 33 Chapter 4: What Must a Coach Know? 45 PART TWO: ESTABLISHING COACHING WITH A CLIENT 73 Chapter 5: Beginning a Coaching Relationship: How Do I Develop Chapter 6: The Exploration Stage: What Do I Need to Know at the Outset? 97 Chapter 7: Developing a Work Plan: How Do I Determine What to Do? 119 PART THREE: THE COACHING DANCE 145 Chapter 8: Listening and Questioning 147 Chapter 9: Facilitative Coaching Conversations 163 Chapter 10: Facilitative Coaching Activities 175 Chapter 11: Directive Coaching Conversations 195 Chapter 12: Directive Coaching Activities 211 Chapter 13: Technical Tips and Habits of Mind 231 Chapter 14: Reflection and Assessment: What?s Next? 247 PART FOUR: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR COACHES 265 Chapter 15: What Is Professional Development for Coaches? 267 CONCLUSION 287 APPENDIX A: THE COACH?S OPTICAL REFRACTOR (THE COACHING LENSES) 291 APPENDIX B: COACHING SENTENCE STEMS 297 APPENDIX C: TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHING RUBRIC 301 APPENDIX D: CHEAT SHEETS AND LISTS 307 APPENDIX E: RECOMMENDED RESOURCES 311 APPENDIX F: GLOSSARY 317 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 321 REFERENCES 325 INDEX 329

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Elena Aguilar is an instructional and leadership coach inthe Oakland Unified School District. Elena writes about educationfor Edutopia and for Education Week's Teacher Magazine, andis also a member of the Teacher Leaders Network.

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