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February 5, 2020
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Common barriers to effective coaching
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Instructional coaches can have a powerful influence on teaching practice, but certain issues can get in the way, writes author and consultant Peter DeWitt. In this blog post, DeWitt outlines six challenges instructional coaches face and what they can do to overcome them.
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Understand cultural nuance to improve teaching
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Teachers who make an effort to learn about their students' cultural backgrounds can be more effective at their jobs, writes education consultant Nikki Williams Rucker. She outlines several tips for culturally responsive teaching, starting with an examination of their own implicit biases, then looking for ways those biases might be present in their curricula.
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Ideas for school leaders on supporting teachers
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Teaching needs to become "a more sustainable, humane profession," writes Katy Farber, professional development coordinator and former teacher. In this article, Farber describes seven strategies that school leaders could take to better support teachers, including focusing on basic needs and building trust.
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Video: 8 Ways to Supercharge Instructional Coaching Programs
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Discover a blueprint for creating and scaling instructional coaching. Learn about evidence-based strategies to increase the effectiveness of coaches and multiply their impact.
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As schools shift towards examining equity both in classrooms and in schools, it is essential that we teachers develop reflective practices where we can critically examine our own language, instructional decisions, and curriculum. This blog post offers five steps that any educator can take to begin this equity work.
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