Posted on 11/26/2018 at 10:35 AM by Blog Experts

2018 was a good year for books on instructional coaching to be published. Here are a few we thought you may be interested in.  (The information for each book comes directly from Amazon.)

Amplify Your Impact: Coaching Collaborative Teams in PLCs (Instructional Leadership Development and Coaching Methods for Collaborative Learning) by Thomas W. Many, Michael J. Maffoni, Susan K. Sparks and Tesha Ferriby Thomas (January 2018)

Amplify Your Impact presents K-12 educators and school leadership with a framework for improving collaboration and teambuilding for teachers in their PLCs. The authors share best practices and processes teams can rely on to ensure they are doing the right work in a cycle of continuous improvement. Discover concrete action steps your school can take to adopt proven collaborative coaching methods, fortify teacher teams, and ultimately improve student learning in classrooms.

Adopt a team-teaching approach to coaching using this book:

  • • Gain insights from teachers and empirical evidence from schools that confirm the benefits of how coaching and refining collaborative teams can strengthen PLCs.
  • • Use the Pathways Tool for Coaching Collaborative Teams to guide your team's conversations and team-based learning.
  • • Learn how to develop and use the strategy implementation guide (SIG) to map out your collaborative team success.
  • • Analyze coaching scenarios that illustrate how to turn ineffective team meetings into positive collaborative learning experiences.
  • • Increase instructional leadership development that promotes reflective coaching and a collaborative approach.

Educational Coaching: A Partnership for Problem Solving by Cathy A. Toll (March 2018)

Educational coaches—whether math, literacy, instructional, or curriculum coaches—vary in the content of the work they do and in the grade range of the teachers with whom they work. But "good coaching is good coaching," as coaching expert Cathy A. Toll affirms in this, her newest book. All coaches seek to help solve problems and increase teacher success, and they all depend on effective collaboration to do so.

This practical guide shows readers how to get the most out of educational coaching. It details

  • • Models of coaching that enhance teachers' thinking, help them overcome obstacles to success, and lead to lasting change.
  • • Three phases of the problem-solving cycle.
  • • Characteristics of effective coaching conversations.
  • • Components of CAT—connectedness, acceptance, and trustworthiness—that are essential to the partnership.
  • • Practices that support teamwork.

Toll also tackles the obstacles that hinder a coach's success—administrators who don't understand coaching and teachers who don't want to engage. Full of insights and answers, Educational Coaching is for all coaches and those who lead them.

Everyday Instructional Coaching: Seven Daily Drivers to Support Teacher Effectiveness (Instructional Leadership and Coaching Strategies for Teacher Support) by Dr. Nathan D. Lang (April 2018)

Instructional coaches play a crucial role in helping educators meet the ever-changing demands of effective teaching and learning. With this practical guide, coaches will discover seven drivers they can use to best support teachers in their daily work: (1) collaboration, (2) transparency, (3) inquiry, (4) discourse, (5) reverberation, (6) sincerity, and (7) influence. Each chapter offers instructional coaching strategies, daily practices, research, and examples to help readers evaluate, refine, and implement these drivers in their educational coaching and teacher support.

Learn daily practices for instructional coaching that supports teachers and effective teaching methods:

  • • Explore the seven daily drivers necessary to become a more effective instructional coach.
  • • Gain strategies to strengthen relationships with teachers and teacher teams to improve outcomes and understanding of effective teaching methods.
  • • Access tools to help self-assess and adjust daily coaching practices.
  • • Understand the sociocultural psychology and education research that support the seven daily practices.
  • • Learn approaches you can use to keep pace with current effective teaching methods and the demands on today's educators, coaches, and instructional leaders.

Everything You Need for Mathematics Coaching: Tools, Plans, and a Process That Works for Any Instructional Leader, Grades K-12 by Maggie B. McGatha, Jennifer M. Bay-Williams, Beth McCord Kobet, and Jon A. Wray (April 2018)

Plan, focus, and lead: Your toolkit for inspiring math teachers 

What’s your go-to resource for guiding teachers to grow mathematics proficiency in their classrooms? This comprehensive toolkit for busy math coaches positions student learning as the focus of all work, and connects the Eight Mathematical Practices for students with NCTM’s Eight Effective Teaching Practices to deliver coaching strategies that work.  

  • • Use the coaching cycle―plan, gather data, reflect―to build trust and rapport with teachers.
  • • Navigate coaching conversations.
  • • Plan, focus, and facilitate professional learning communities.  

Includes examples from the field, resources, and a plethora of tools to download and share. Create a professional learning plan that empowers you to lead with clarity and purpose.

Leading Student-Centered Coaching: Building Principal and Coach Partnerships by Diane Sweeney & Ann Mausbach (June 2018)

Essential leadership moves for supporting instructional coaching in your school

Strong leadership is essential in any successful instructional coaching effort. This action-oriented guide provides principals and district leaders with the background, practices, and tools required for leading coaching efforts that have a measurable impact on student and teacher learning. Filled with ideas that school leaders can easily apply, this book includes: 

  • • Tools and techniques for preparing a school for coaching, launching a coaching culture, and supporting coaches
  • • Leadership moves and lessons from the field that provide strategies for building principal and coach partnerships 
  • • Recommendations for coaches to use as they strive to increase their impact

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar (May 2018) 

A practical framework to avoid burnout and keep great teachers teaching

Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching. Stress is part of the job, but when 70 percent of teachers quit within their first five years because the stress is making them physically and mentally ill, things have gone too far. Unsurprisingly, these effects are highest in difficult-to-fill positions such as math, science, and foreign languages, and in urban areas and secondary classrooms—places where we need our teachers to be especially motivated and engaged. This book offers a path to resiliency to help teachers weather the storms and bounce back—and work toward banishing the rain for good.

This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching. You’ll learn how a simple shift in mindset can affect your outlook, and how taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is one of the most important things you can do. The companion workbook helps you put the framework into action, streamlining your way toward renewal and strength.

  • • Cultivate resilience with a four-part framework based on 12 key habits
  • • Uncover your true self, understand emotions, and use your energy where it counts
  • • Adopt a mindful, story-telling approach to communication and community building
  • • Keep learning, playing, and creating to create an environment of collective celebration

By cultivating resilience in schools, we help ensure that we are working in, teaching in, and leading organizations where every child thrives, and where the potential of every child is recognized and nurtured. Onward provides a step-by-step plan for reigniting that spark.

Make It Happen: Coaching With the Four Critical Questions of PLCs at Work® (Professional Learning Community Strategies for Instructional Coaches) by Kim Bailey & Chris Jakicic (December 2018 – available for pre-order)

Ensure every educator is engaged in the right work with a collective focus on improved student learning. Aligned to the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work® model, this resource includes coaching tools, processes, protocols, templates, tips, and strategies designed to support the multidimensional work of instructional coaches. Each chapter includes action steps and reflective coaching activities, as well as suggestions for navigating some of the most common issues coaches face.

Use this book to understand the unique requirements of instructional coaches in building a school that answers the four critical questions of a PLC at Work:

  • • Learn how to provide PLC training and professional development for collaborative teacher teams.
  • • Study three major variables that will affect instructional coaching (capacity, culture, and context) and four major actions that will act as guiding principles.
  • • Explore issues that can arise in PLC schools, as well as teacher coaching strategies to help resolve these issues.
  • • Deepen your understanding of instructional coaching in a PLC with helpful online reproducibles and coaching tools.
  • • Acquire capacity-building strategies aligned to the four PLC questions.

Happy Reading! Let’s keep our eye on new books in 2019! 

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