Thursday, July 7, 2016

Seeking BATTI Supervisors

BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute) is seeking additional supervisors for their San Francisco cohort.  Supervisors work with first year BATTI intern teachers by providing feedback and support. Each supervisor works with 2-3 intern teachers and will visit the teacher at his/her school placement eight times during the school year. Guidelines are listed below.  If interested, please contact Raleigh Zwerin ( or Bob Houghteling ( Additional contact information: 6134 Harwood Ave • Oakland, CA 94618 • (510) 655-2944 

BATTI SUPERVISOR GUIDELINES: for supervisors of first-year candidates 2016-2017

1.   Please coordinate with your intern and her lead teacher/mentor ahead of time to schedule observations. Be kind but also firm in insisting that your intern be professional by returning your emails on time, avoiding scheduling conflicts and remembering appointments.

2.   You are observing eight times this year: four visits in the fall and four in the spring. Your visit in each class should be from 30 to 45 minutes.

3.   The very first observation is often informal and does not require the intern to submit a lesson plan. During this first visit you are getting to know the intern, mentor, classroom, and school. At your first observation interns may read a story, lead a morning meeting, or work with individual children.

4.   On succeeding visits interns should send you a lesson plan prior to each visit. As the year progresses interns will take on more responsibility in the classroom in a variety of subject areas.

5.   Leave at least 10-15 minutes after the observation for a de-briefing.  Interns need reassurance that they are on the right track. You may want to leave a note if you are unable to speak with an intern, giving some kudos and some things to think about. Call your intern at a later time that day or evening if you aren’t able to meet in person.

6.   Within 48 hours of your visit, you should email your observation report to the intern, with a copy to Bob for the file, and a copy to the mentor. Reports should take approximately a half hour to complete.

·    Your first report may be informal and include a few paragraphs of introduction, a summary, and first observations- not necessarily following the template you will rely on later.
·    Your reports should be upbeat.
·    You should be honest and point out your areas of concern, and the important suggestions you have for growth. Use the positive, negative, positive sandwich. Students want constructive feedback, showing them areas where they can consider another way of doing something. “Great work” alone is encouraging, but not as helpful as specific comments and suggestions that comprise a more complete report.
·    OPTIONAL- after the first visit you may ask interns to write a brief self-reflection describing strong and weak aspects of the lesson.
·    Don’t let yourself get behind on sending these observations. The students really benefit from them, and they lose their effectiveness after their short shelf life.

7.   Email mentors prior to your first visit to introduce yourself and briefly describe your role. Take time to introduce yourself in person during your first visit. The mentor will attend a workshop in early October, which describes their role in detail.

8.   Try to maintain a relationship throughout the year (time permitting) with the lead teacher/mentor. You may listen to mentor’s comments on the intern’s progress, and you may even hear some gripes or criticisms about the intern. Please remember you are the intern’s advocate.

9.   Email Bob once a semester to give a quick summary of how each intern is doing. “Meg is great” almost does the job, but more detail is appreciated. Alert Bob of any trouble brewing in the intern/mentor relationship, or if you feel an intern is stalled in her growth. Let’s try to intervene early if we see problems, rather than catching them in April.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fall Meeting Facilitation Workshops

BACN is partnering with Building on the Best to host a series of 3 workshops this fall with a special discount for BACN members.

How to Facilitate Effective, Efficient, and Energizing Meetings
with Alexis Filippini, PhD


If you are a busy administrator responsible for regular faculty meetings, a coach or professor

who delivers professional development, or a lead teacher facilitating professional learning

communities (PLCs), this series is for you.


Prevent meetings from being swallowed up by logistical announcements, complaints without

solutions, and other distractions. Instead, make the most of the limited time you have, whether

you are offering professional development to graduate students, gathering input for faculty

decision making or communicating staff “nuts & bolts.”


Dr. Filippini will demonstrate and unpack strategies to make meetings more effective, more

efficient, and even more energizing, based on research from education and business sectors.

The first day includes guided work time to design your own meetings, so bring your notes and

“to-do”s for upcoming meetings or trainings. Days II and III will include a debrief of your fall

meetings, and will also explore how to plan an arc of in-house professional development across

the span of the school year.

Friday mornings September 23,  October 21, November 4  -- 9am to 12pm, breakfast included

The Berkeley School, 1310 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

$195 for three-part series, including materials - 25% Early Bird Discount

20% discount for Bay Area Coaches Network or Parents Education Network members

Contact for member discount code.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Registration is closed for Intro to Transformational Coaching

Registration for our Introduction to Transformational Coaching in January is now closed.  We have exceeded the number of spots available in these workshops.  Thank you very much!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Introduction to Transformational Coaching series in January 2016

We are excited to announce our ongoing work with esteemed instructional coach and author, Elena Aguilar, author of The Art of Coaching.  We are offering an introductory series for those new to her transformational coaching model.  Please consider joining us and spreading the word to others who might benefit.

Introduction to Transformational Coaching

Two half-day seminars for the "beginner" track for anyone who coaches teachers, including Instructional Coaches, Division Heads, Literacy Specialists, Math Specialists & Deans.

  • Monday, January 11 & January 25 (Participants attend both sessions)
  • 8:30am-12:30pm
  • The Town School for Boys, 2750 Jackson St., San Francisco
  • Registration is $300 for those who pay before December 1.

These two sessions introduce participants to the core transformational coaching tools. Participants will:
  • Practice transformational coaching skills and receive feedback.
  • Apply key analytical frameworks to deepen coaching and increase impact.
  • Refine listening and questioning strategies and learn new ways of engaging clients in conversations that transform teaching practices.
  • Learn new ways to explore beliefs and shift those which don’t support student achievement.
  • Identify core values, develop a vision for coaching, and build confidence as powerful coaches.

These sessions are highly interactive, provide ample opportunity for reflection, and support the development of each individual participant.

This series is ideal for:
  • new and experienced instructional, content, or curriculum coaches;
  • new and experienced leadership coaches;
  • educators working in public, charter, and independent schools;
  • teacher leaders;
  • deans, division heads, principals and other school leaders who use coaching strategies.
Enrollment is limited, and discounted until December 1.  Register HERE.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall 2015 Coaching Series Cancelled

The Fall 2015 series with Elena Aguilar has been cancelled. But we have plans for a program in January 2016, so stay tuned for more info.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 29 Coaches Collaborative Cancelled

The BACN Coaches Collaborative scheduled for Friday, May 29, Reflections on the Year, has been cancelled.

Stay tuned for more information about BACN programming for Fall 2015, January 2016, and the spring, coming soon!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Refining The Art of Coaching Series with Elena Aguilar

During the 2014-15 school year, BACN hosted 5 sessions with local expert, Elena Aguilar, author of The Art of Coaching.  More than 35 instructional leaders attended this series--coaches, administrators, specialists and teachers from independent Bay Area schools, as well as from The New Teacher Center.  The series focused on transformational coaching, providing feedback, effective techniques of coaching, exploring clients' beliefs, and planning for hard conversations.

As a result of participants' satisfaction and integration of new theoretical and technical skills, BACN plans to host two additional series with Elena Aguilar in 2015-16.

Stay tuned!  Details and dates will be posted shortly.