There?s a lot of conversation about how to make schools better. Unfortunately, the nature of those conversations often makes things worse. Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time maps out a way to change that. By taking a teacher-centered, no-fault, strengths-based approach to performance improvement, the Evocative Coaching model generates the motivation and movement that enables teachers and schools to achieve desired outcomes and enhance quality of life. Viewed as a dynamic dance, the model is choreographed in four steps ? Story, Empathy, Inquiry, Design ? which are each laid out in its own chapter with powerful illustrative materials and end-of-chapter discussion questions to prompt further reflection.Bringing together the best research and wisdom in educational leadership and professional coaching, authors Bob and Megan Tschannen-Moran have developed a simple yet profound way of facilitating new conversations in schools through Story Listening, Expressing Empathy, Appreciative Inquiry, and Design Thinking. It?s an iterative process that moves beyond old ways of thinking, doing, and being. It?s an inspirational process that reinvigorates the passion for making schools better, one conversation at a time.This happens when coaches:give teachers our full, undivided attention;accept and meet teachers where they are right now, without making them wrong;ask and trust teachers to take charge of their own learning and growth;make sure teachers are talking more than we are;enable teachers to appreciate the positive value of their own experiences;harness the strengths teachers have to meet challenges and overcome obstacles;reframe difficulties and challenges as opportunities to learn and grow;invite teachers to discover possibilities and find answers for themselves;dialogue with teachers regarding their higher purpose for teaching;uncover teachers? natural impulse to engage with colleagues and students;assist teachers to draw up a personal blueprint for professional mastery;support teachers in brainstorming and trying new ways of doing things;maintain an upbeat, energetic, and positive attitude at all times;collaborate with teachers to design and conduct appropriate learning experiments;enable teachers to build supportive environments and teams;use humor to lighten the load; andinspire and challenge teachers to go beyond what they would do alone.Each chapter provides a research-based theory to support the strategies presented, and includes specific suggestions and anecdotes. The Evocative Coaching model makes coaching enjoyable by getting people to focus on what they do best, and it invites larger, more integral conversations so that people talk about their work in the context of other things they care about. Resting on strong, evidence-based practices, the Evocative Coaching model offers educators the help they need to meet the challenges of increased accountability and expectations. This model can also be used effectively by coaches and leaders in other organizational contexts.Table of Contents:Chapter 1: What Is Evocative Coaching?Chapter 2: Coaching PresenceLoop I: The No-Fault TurnChapter 3: Story ListeningChapter 4: Expressing EmpathyLoop II: The Strengths-Building TurnChapter 5: Appreciative InquiryChapter 6: Design ThinkingChapter 7: Aligning EnvironmentsChapter 8: Coaching ConversationsChapter 9: The Reflective CoachTo learn more about Evocative Coaching and to sign up for the Evocative Coach Training Program, visit www.SchoolTransformation.com.
Make your school soar by escalating trust between teachers, students, and familiesTrust is an essential element in all healthy relationships, and the relationships that exist in your school are no different. How can your school leaders or teachers cultivate trust? How can your institution maintain trust once it is established? These are the questions addressed and answered in Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools, 2nd Edition. The book delves into the helpful research that has been conducted on the topic of trust in school. Although rich with research data, Trust Matters also contains practical advice and strategies ready to be implemented. This second edition expands upon the role of trust between teachers and students, teachers and administrators, and schools and families.Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools also covers a range of sub-topics relevant to trust in school. All chapters in the text have questions for reflection and discussion. Engaging chapters such as "Teachers Trust One Another" and "Fostering Trust with Students" have thought-provoking trust-building questions and activities you can use in the classroom or in faculty meetings. This valuable resource:Examines ways to cultivate trustShares techniques and practices that help maintain trustAdvises leaders of ways to include families in the school's circle of trustAddresses the by-products of betrayed trust and how to restore itWith suspicion being the new norm within schools today, Trust Matters is the book your school needs to help it rise above. It shows just how much trust matters in all school relationships--administrator to teacher; teacher to student; school to family--and in all successful institutions.
Trust Matters offers educators a practical, hands-on guide for establishing and maintaining trust within their schools as well as providing information on how to repair trust that has been damaged. Written by Megan Tschannen-Moranan expert on the topic of trust and schools, Trust Matters is based in solid research. It outlines the five key elements on which individuals base their trust judgments (benevolence, honesty, openness, reliability, and competency) and explores the factors that influence the development of trust. The book explores the leader's role in fostering high quality relationships among teachers, students, and parents and examines examples of positive outcomes of trusting school environments.
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