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Transformative Talk

Transformative Talk assists an aspirant Coach in building their personal capabilities. It draws upon each of the insights and experiences of Cognitive Coaching Training Associates and Agency Trainers who are making it work. Each chapter at varying degrees reflects personal journeys shared with the explicit intention to assist you, the reader, in making connections to your own work and your growth as a coach. The material has been strategically selected to support educators who fulfill a variety of different roles. You will find information, insights and strategies to assist your growth from a variety of perspectives. These include reflections to assist classroom teachers, school leaders, and principals, support staff, coaches, systems leaders, and researchers. It encourages you to unleash the power of Cognitive Coaching for the students and colleagues you work with and in your ongoing goal to build both your identity and capacity as a mediator of thinking. Talking is critical to the complex, challenging, and intrinsically satisfying work of educators. This book provides the reader with the opportunity to continue transforming their talk so they can transform the thinking of others in the process of education.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction: The Power of Cognitive Coaching 1.The Power of Cognitive Coaching, Gavin Grift 2.We Don't Fix Teachers: Managing Outside Expectations and the Integrity of Cognitive Coaching, Carrie Usui Johnson and John Matich 3.Aligning Cognitive Coaching to a Canadian Leadership Framework, Denise Overall and Penny Ballagh 4.Refining the Art of Collaboration: Supporting the Work of School Teams, Shannon King 5.Diving into the Deep End, Abigail Graham 6.Three Peas, Please: Supporting Schools with the Pattern of Pause, Paraphrase, and Pose a Question, Mylene Keipp 7.The Power of Video in Reflective Conversations, Michael T. Neall and Donna B. Wilder 8.Cognitive Coaching and Apprenticing Novice Urban Teachers, Marguerethe Jaede 9.An Investment in the Future: Supporting the Work of Novice Teachers, Jennifer Cunneen 10.Cognitive Coaching: Reflections from the Field, Jolene Flock-Lockwood

About the Author

Gavin Grift is director of professional learning for Hawker Brownlow Professional Learning Solutions in Australia. He is also a global outreach consultant and training associate to Thinking Collaborative, home of both Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.


Becoming a Cognitive Coach requires a commitment of your resources: time, mental energy and openness to transforming your identity as a helping person. Is it worth it? You bet! This book contains stories of the learning journeys of practitioners and the impact that Cognitive Coaching has had on staff members individually and collectively, on school culture, students and, of course on themselves. -- Arthur L. Costa, professor emeritus, California State University; co-author of Cognitive Coaching: Developing Self-Directed Leaders and Learners Some synonyms for the word "transform are: change, modify, adjust, vary, amend, revise, rework. This book, true to its name, does all these things for Cognitive Coaching. It takes the basic principles and practices created by Art Costa and Bob Garmston and learned in the Foundation Seminar, and transforms them into applications that range from teacher-student interactions in the classrooms to principal-teacher interactions in a school, to district and state/province level interactions that impact tens of thousands of students and teachers. We learn how using Cognitive Coaching with novice teachers and combining coaching with video feedback with veterans serves a range of generations of teachers. We understand how the maps and tools of Cognitive Coaching influence thinking in a variety of socio-economic settings and how just taking away the need to 'fix' others truly transforms both the coach and the coachee. Gavin Grift's introduction and personal journey of coaching serves as a catalyst for expanding the infinite ways in which this seminal work is transforming. -- Jane Ellison, executive co-director, Thinking Collaborative

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