Navigating Vulnerability Part 3: The Coach and Consultant Balance

This semester, I’ve been writing a series of posts about the role of vulnerability in coaching. The idea is, if we’re not aware of the underlying vulnerabilities in our conversations and our practice, we’re not going to be able to grow. So far, I’ve written about two different vulnerabilities that I’ve recognized in teachers and […]

Navigating Vulnerability Part 2: De-Centering the Teacher

When we take on coaching or other leadership roles, we aren’t going to get anywhere with those we’re leading unless we recognize the vulnerabilities they’re facing. Last month, I started a mini-series of posts on this idea. Each post in the series will tackle a different vulnerability by exploring: How to recognize the vulnerability in […]

The PD Wars and Why We Must Fight Them: A Super-Fun Guide to Influencing Your Colleagues

I finished reading the outstanding Why They Can’t Write by John Warner recently, which was filled with excellent writerly advice.  But it also got me thinking about the somewhat accidental path that got me engaged in continuous professional development. When I first started teaching, I was eager to get involved in things that would help […]

Navigating Vulnerability Part 1: Content-Related Skills

Anyone who takes on a coaching role likely finds themselves navigating the deep waters of vulnerability several times a day. It’s tricky and oftentimes uncomfortable. Vulnerability can manifest itself in many different ways. We’re all learners, and we’re all human, after all. Some of us shrink back; others get defensive. Sometimes, as a coach, I’m […]

GRIT: A Reflection Protocol for Risk-Taking

As a Curriculum and Instruction Consultant in my district, when I’m not working with students as learners, I’m working with their teachers. Over the past few years, we’ve been digging into some really hard work. I mean really hard. We’re working on moving away from teaching novels to teaching reading, away from prescribing a formula […]