Saturday, October 1, 2022

Using Data to Inform Coaching Cycles, Ep. 122 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Instructional coaches need to support all teachers, not only new and struggling ones. Growing teachers is what coaches do and the coaching cycle is how we do it. 

This month on The Coaching Podcast, we're talking about how to make a coaching cycle more effective and different ways to approach it. When you apply the ideas in the shows to your coaching cycles, you'll see changes in teachers and instruction.

In this episode, we're talking about using data to inform coaching cycles. Data can be used before, during, and after a coaching cycle. It can be used to identify areas or classrooms of need before you start. You can look at student work data after a lesson you modeled, co-taught, or observed to see what worked and what needs to be tweaked. Instructioanl coachess can also use pre- and post- forms or surveys to help determine the effectiveness of our coaching cycle.

This episode is all about how to use data to inform your coaching cycle from beginning to end. You'll learn ways to collect data, what data to use, and how to use it during different parts of your coaching cycle. 

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 122 - Using Data to Inform Coaching Cycles

  • How to use data during a coaching cycle to inform your work
  • Why all teachers need support and how only working with new or struggling teachers undermines our role
  • Different kinds of data and how to use it
  • The importance of looking at data from multiple sources
  • Tips for collecting data
  • What to do if you're asked to intervene in a classroom that is not performing well
  • Focusing on what teachers want support with
  • Using complaints as opportunities to work through challenges
  • Methods for collecting student assessment data
  • Informing teachers about what you're looking for during cycles and how it will be recorded
  • Using pre- and post-assessment data during cycles

Whether you're a new coach or a veteran, tune in and learn how you can use data to inform your coaching cycles.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

What Do Coaches Do? Advocating for Equity with Dr. Lindsey Wilson, Ep. 121 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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As an instructional coach, one of the most important things you can do is advocate for equity in your school. But what does that look like in practice?

On episode 121 of The Coaching Podcast, Dr. Lindsey Wilson joins me to discuss advocating for equity in schools. She's an author, trainer, and speaker on topics of diversity and equity. Her work focuses on helping organizations and schools understand equity and their role in system changes.

Dr. Wilson shares on the show how we can advocate for students from our positions as instructional coaches. She has a lot of great ideas about making our voices heard and how to ensure that all students have an equal chance of succeeding.

During the episode, we discuss that equity is about understanding the unique needs of each of our students and their families, and meeting those needs. She provides examples of what equity work looks like at different levels and discusses challenges schools face when making positive changes toward more equitable practices.

Instructional coaches play a vital role in advocating for equity. Dr. Wilson offers tips for how we can start conversations about equity at our school. She also shares the four concepts of her equity framework of change and what it looks like in practice. This insightful episode will leave you inspired to be an agent of change in your school! Don't miss it!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode - What Do Coaches Do? Advocating for Equity with Dr. Lindsey Wilson

  • What is equity
  • The difference between equity and equality
  • Providing each student with what they need and how that looks different for every learner
  • Her research on fathers
  • What equity work looks like at the early childhood level
  • Why schools need to talk about equity and the inequities that exist
  • Social-emotional learning
  • How inequitable practices negatively impact students learning and what coaches can do to help
  • Representation of all students and their experiences in the classroom
  • Planning learning activities that tap into student's knowledge and allow them to shine
  • Inequitable practices that affect teachers negatively
  • Creating a more inclusive classroom and school community
  • The role of instructional coaches in advocating for equity
  • Common challenges when schools make positive changes toward more equitable practices
  • The four concepts of her equity framework of change and what it looks like in schools
  • Talking about differences with children
  • Reshaping the conversation about equity
  • What coaches can do when we see inequity or bias
  • The importance of disaggregating data into sub-populations and how to use this information to start conversations on campus
  • Microaggressions - what they are, what they may look like in schools, and how to talk to kids and teachers about them

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

What Do Coaches Do? Facilitating a Data PLC, Ep. 120 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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"Not ANOTHER data meeting?"

"Do we really need to review data AGAIN?"

You’ve probably heard this from your team before. Looking at data can feel like a chore, and teachers are often resistant to yet another meeting where they are expected to dig into numbers. But if we approach data review with a different mindset, it can be a powerful tool for driving instruction and student learning.

In episode 120 of The Coaching Podcast, we discuss facilitating a data PLC and how coaches can help teachers make meaning of data. I share the seven steps I use during a data meeting and what they look like in action. You'll learn how to keep teachers focused on the data, what data to use, and how to identify areas of need.

Seven Steps for a Data Meeting

Most instructional coaches are asked to work with professional learning communities (PLCs). The purpose of a data PLC is to help educators understand how their students are performing and target areas for improvement. Data PLCs can provide a structure for educators to come together and analyze student data.

You'll need to prepare for the meeting, guide the discussion, and help the group come up with actionable items to improve instruction. Below are the seven steps I use when facilitating a data PLC.

  1. Set a purpose
  2. Provide teachers with no name data
  3. Flip through students' tests to note strategies and processes
  4. Record percentages on a blank copy
  5. Differentiate your plans for next steps
  6. Use student names to create small groups for intervention
  7. Share strength by modeling

In the episode, I explain the steps and how to use each with your teachers, so they leave with a plan. I also share some challenges you might face when leading a data PLC and how to overcome them.

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 120 - What Do Coaches Do? Facilitating a Data PLC

  • How to review data with teachers and use it to modify instruction
  • Seven steps for a successful data PLC
  • Ideas for what to do when teachers justify the data
  • Ways to keep data meetings on track and what to do if they get off track
  • Focusing dialogue in data meetings on student growth
  • Why data doesn't give us the entire picture and what to look at to get a complete understanding of student performance
  • Ways to use data purposefully
  • Establishing norms when facilitating a data PLC
  • How to set the tone for professional learning communities
  • Why use no name data during meetings
  • How to differentiate based on data
  • Looking at student responses on tests and putting that data in context
  • Finding patterns in questions and question types on tests that students struggle with
  • Tips and strategies when making small groups for intervention
  • Encouraging teachers to share what is working in their classrooms

If you're looking for ways to help your teachers make data-driven instructional decisions, this episode is for you! You'll walk away with a new framework for looking at data and ideas to help your teachers make meaning of it.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

What Do Coaches Do? - Facilitating a Planning PLC, Ep. 119 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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As a new coach, I was excited about facilitating planning PLCs with teachers. I walked into my first session feeling confident and ready to go. 

To prepare, I set up the room, made cute snacks, and reviewed resources. I envisioned a group of teachers sharing ideas, each leaving with lesson plans that suited their students' needs. What actually happened was very different.

The teachers complained that they were overwhelmed, and it was clear they didn't have a common understanding of practices. I didn't know how to communicate with them effectively or build a bridge between the gaps. I felt stressed and unprepared. The year was barely underway, and they were already lost. It was a hard road to walk at first.

Over time, the teachers and I developed a common language, plus a process for planning together. It changed everything! I still spent a lot of time preparing (that's just who I am), but eventually, I figured out ways to make the process more efficient and less daunting.

Six Steps for Planning PLCs

One thing I did was develop a six-step process to make planning with professional learning communities more enjoyable and meaningful. While you don't have to follow these steps rigidly, they provide a good framework for each meeting.

On episode 119 of The Coaching Podcast, we take a look at the 6-steps and how you can use them to facilitate productive and meaningful planning PLCs. Below is a list of the steps in the process.

  1. Start with a standard
  2. Review and understand the assessment
  3. Build background knowledge and a common language
  4. Brainstorm students' learning targets
  5. Generate ideas to teach each target in a way that's meaningful and effective
  6. Sequence the ideas, add detail and resources

During the episode, I explain each step and provide examples of how I've used them with my professional learning communities. I also share some resources that can help with PLC planning, including my Comprehension Strategies and Reading Genre Content Building Guides.

Setting Up Group Norms During PLCs

With PLCs, it's important to recognize the dynamics of the group and have some norms in place to help your teams work together smoothly. If we're upfront about what's expected and then use that to build norms together as a team, we can create a space for more collaboration. During the episode, I share a few of my favorite tips to get you started with norms.

In my course, The Confident Literacy Coach, there are lessons on how to work with group dynamics, ideas for creating norms with your teams, and tips for responding to common problems. It also contains my detailed 6-step process for planning PLCs, including the Prepare to Plan Guide, the planning maps, and other planning tools for reading and writing.

What Do Coaches Do? - Facilitating a Planning PLC

Listen to the entire episode to learn what I did to prepare for and run successful planning PLCs. I share stories, examples, and tips to get you started. You'll learn how to build background knowledge, get ideas for reading and writing PLCs, and much more. Tune in now to get started!

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

What Do Coaches Do? - Building the Coaching Mindset, Ep. 118 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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Hey coaches! This month on The Coaching Podcast our theme is - What do you do here anyway?

Let’s face it, as a coach you've probably been asked that question more than once! Coaches are expected to do so many different things, and it can be difficult to nail down exactly what our role is in the building. But having a firm handle on your role is essential.

In this episode, I’m talking all about mindset. Honestly, mindset is one of the biggest demands placed on coaches and we don't talk about it enough. It takes time to figure it out and get to the right place with your coaching mindset. I know it took me time anyway.  But it's worth it! 

When you have the right coaching mindset, everything else falls into place. You'll be able to better connect with your teachers, build trust, and create a lasting impact. During the episode, I introduce you to what goes on inside the head of an instructional coach and the thing we need to do to set ourselves up for coaching success. You'll learn why it's important to define your coaching role, ways to get clear on your purpose, and how to have a growth mindset.  

What Do Coaches Do? - Defining Your Role

When I was a coach, I met with our leadership team at the beginning of the year and each week to ensure that we were all focused on the important things that would help us reach our school vision. During the meeting, the principal asked each of us to share what we were working on. Then she'd follow up on where we were in the process, what steps we plan to take, and what help we needed from others. 

These weekly meetings were overwhelming to me at first because I wasn't sure where to start. I felt like so much needed to be done and I wasn’t clear about my role. I didn't know whether certain things were my responsibility or not. I was figuring it out - one mistake at a time. But over time I learned and grew into my coaching role.  

When I got clear about my role, it changed my mindset and how I approached my work. I learned to focus on what’s important and understand how to best support my team. I also built trust with the teachers because they knew what to expect from me. 

Coaches without a defined role often feel like they're floating from project to project or racing from fire to fire. Figuring out your coaching role, building your coaching program, and communicating effectively with teachers will help them be on board with your support. It'll also help you focus your coaching efforts so you can be more impactful in the building. 

Building The Coaching Mindset

Improving your coaching mindset is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Just like anything else, it takes time and intentionality. But I promise it’s worth it!

As I embraced a growth mindset, I began to see my teachers making progress. I learned to look for the good in every situation and trust that the process would work. The teachers appreciated my support and trusted me to help them grow. 

In the end, it all comes down to mindset. We need to believe that change is possible and that we can help make it happen. Change really does start with us!

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Using a Coaching Menu with Raymi Royo, Ep. 117 Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast

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A coaching menu is a great way to introduce your role to teachers and help them understand the supports you can provide in the classroom. On this episode of The Coaching Podcast, I'm chatting with instructional coach Raymi Royo about how she uses coaching menus to frame her work with teachers.

Last summer Raymi found my coaching menu on Pinterest. Since then, she has used it with her teaching team and has seen a lot of benefits. During the show, she walks us through how she uses a coaching menu, what's included on her menu, and how it helps her teachers. 

If you're looking for a way to help teachers understand your role and the support you can provide, this episode is for you!

Topics and Questions Discussed in Episode 117 - Using a Coaching Menu with Raymi Royo

  • What a coaching menu is and how to use one with teachers
  • Challenges when coaching
  • The benefits of using a coaching menu
  • How using the coaching menu helps teachers understand their students better and how it changes their approach to learning
  • How she created her first coaching menu
  • The six categories she includes on her menu
  • Why she includes a free choice option
  • How she introduces the menu to teachers
  • The coaching cycle and micro-coaching
  • How using a coaching menu helped her teachers share their challenges and have more open conversations about their work
  • Differentiating support by differentiating the coaching menu
  • Why it’s important to be thoughtful about what you offer on your menu
  • How to focus the menu on what's essential, so it’s not overwhelming for teachers

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