Friday, February 21, 2014

Coaching Conversations Workshop Takeaways, New Perspectives, Hopes & Dreams

BACN Takeaways from Elena Aguilar Conference 1/31/14
  •      It’s so important to ask the right question.
  •      Being able to internalize what I need to “prepare” before walking into a coaching session (to better support the coachee)
  •      Through the change management lens- discovering the conditions within a system that must be present for change to happen- prompting conversations with administrators
  •      Questioning techniques, ways to engage faculty, supporting faculty in many ways, not just the way I want to support
  •       Consultancy protocol- I can’t wait to use this with my own staff!
  •      Structured group conversations allow for individual meaning-making.
  •      Core values: self awareness is key, transformation begins with the self, transformation must happen at core level
  •      Start by getting to know the teachers- who they are; have no other agenda in the beginning, just develop relationship
  •      Bringing the framework to faculty as a way to problem solve
  •      Value in practicing framework
  •      Letting go of judgments
  •      Knowing your own story
  •      In conversations: 30% listening, 50% thinking, 20 % responding
  •      Importance of planning debrief session, especially questions and narrowing the overall focus of a coaching relationship
  •    I need and want colleagues to reflect with! I feel lonely and isolated at times in my school setting because of my role and changes in personnel. I’d like to establish a dedicated meeting time with other coaches.
  •     Does everyone (me, faculty, admin) have a clear understanding of my role?
  •      Using a frame to investigate “dilemmas” is valuable- different ways of thinking- focus on the dilemma- structure- objectivity

New Understandings of a Coachee’s Perspective
  •      Listening/ observing with a specific lens- very productive approach
  •      The idea that the adult learner MUST embody and control their own learning
  •      Teachers need to feel like it’s coming from them- adult learning – and have emotional safety
  •      Adults come to a learning situation with a lot more history than children- need to unpack and understand their history
  •      Coaching is a process and product and takes time!
  •      Question framing changes emotional reactions of the coachee
  •      Behavior- belief-being description was eye opening
  •      I feel like I can take the framework and dive in- even though it clearly requires practice
  •      How valuable it is to have a trusted, reliable space to work on my practice
  •      It’s hard to grow and change! I need support!
  •      Behaviors- Beliefs- Being
  •      The need to “build” a trustworthy relationship FIRST before providing long-term “feedback”
  •      Difference between coaching & transformative coaching
  •      Learning the framework-different approach is very helpful
  •      Layers of experience inform decision
  •      Systems influence/oppress/encourage behavior
  •      Need empathy
  •     Listen to them first
  •      May be feeling uncertain, insecure or even threatened
  •      Relationship to the greater system, as perceived by coachee and/ or perceived by those in the system can influence
  •      May have explicit and/or implicit teaching philosophies that mesh to varying degrees with the school’s explicit and implicit teaching philosophies


Hopes and Dreams for BACN
  •      Hillbrook would host
  •      Regular collaborative inquiry
  •      “critical friends”
  •      create a list serve
  •      more meetings
  •      workshops on how to become a better listener
  •      additional “local” PD’s to continue to “practice” best “coaching” practices!
  •      Would love to have Elena come back!
  •      Include our public school colleagues
  •      Questions about coach role vs. evaluator/supervisor : how to balance both
  •     Love to meet weekly or every two weeks to do consultancies or other things like Elena does with other coaches
  •      I hope that this group of educators can continue this networking opportunity virtually
  •      It would be wonderful to have “special interest” groups- i.e. literacy coaches, technology coaches etc.
  •      Practice the consultancy model together!
  •      More PD opportunities
  •      More admin. Opportunities to learn about coach roles and how to support
  •      More of these workshops with Broader variety of attendees (not just Bay Area)
  •      More professional development opportunities for this group
  •      Maybe a blog or chat room
  •      I’d like to find another Student Life Coordinator to team up with
  •      Practice often with this model
  •      Learn how to be an effective coach
  •      More structured small group coaching (coaching for coaches)
  •      Other guest speakers
  •      Multi-day PD in Summer
  •      List serve
  •      Community of coaches
  •      Monthly meet ups to talk about experiences in our roles
  •      List serve
  •      Coaching for coaches
  •      Book club
  •      More work with Elena’s lenses
  •      Practice with planning debriefs
  •      Data- what data, how to gather and use it (especially in independent school context of qualitative data being valued over quantitative)


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