School's been in session for a couple of months, and teachers and coaches have been working hard to create strong working relationships. You've told us that you want more resources that support the teacher-coach relationship, and we're super excited to tell you about a special Q&A Week focused on just that.
From November 7th to 14th, come and share your coaching dilemmas and difficulties -- and help each other with advice and tips, too. Be sure to tag all your questions with "Coaching" so our special experts can find your questions fast. We hope teachers and coaches will share valuable tools and resources, and this event will help you gather more information on how this collaborative relationship can help teachers improve their practice.
Meet Our Special Experts: Elena Aguilar and Jim Knight!
Elena and Jim are answering questions all week, so come in and talk to them:
Elena has been a teacher, an instructional coach, a transformational leadership coach, and an administrator in California's public schools for over 20 years. She is the author of The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation, published by Jossey-Bass. She writes for Edutopia and EdWeek, and her next book, The Art of Coaching Teams, will be published in fall of 2015. She now facilitates learning in schools and districts across the country and she continues to coach school leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching, High-Impact Instruction, and Focus on Teaching, published by Corwin.
Knight also leads the Kansas Coaching Project and the annual Instructional Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. Knight is featured in the Talking About Teaching videos on Teaching Channel and writes the Radical Learners blog.
We're Giving Away Goodies!
We're also giving away copies of Elena's book The Art of Coaching, and Jim's book Focus on Learning. Every question you ask during Q&A week that’s tagged with "Coaching" will be entered into a random drawing for a free book. (Yes, if you post 10 questions, you will be entered into the drawing 10 times. But you can only win one book.) We are giving away 10 books total. Read the rules here.
Congratulations to our book winners:
Mandi Van Dellen