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Coaching Conversations

Coaching Conversations
Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time

Second Edition

Foreword by Simon T Bailey

May 2018 | 128 pages | Corwin

Focus the power of your collaborative school community with powerful coaching conversations!

Effective coaching conversations are powerful tools to rally your school-community stakeholders to work collaboratively toward transformation, and, ultimately, share in success. The Second Edition of this best-selling handbook includes new neuroscientific research that demonstrates the potential for change in schools and expands the approach to cover teacher/student interaction. In addition to learning techniques to engage and motivate, readers will discover how to:

·       Develop relational trust within the school that heightens personal growth and supports student achievement

·       Utilize the power of committed listening, intentional conversations, and nonjudgmental feedback

·       Create positive changes in how people think and interact

Being a successful school leader has become an increasingly complex role that demands not only tremendous knowledge and skills, but also highly developed interpersonal skills. Written with an easy-to-use approach, this handbook provides simple yet powerful coaching strategies to help school community members work together toward positive school transformation.

Foreword by Simon T. Bailey
About the Authors
1. Coaching Conversations: The Link to Change
What Is a Coaching Conversation?  
Why Our Brains Need Coaching  
Why Trust Matters  
Holding Difficult Conversations  
Moving Toward Coaching Conversations  
Reflections for Practice  
2. Coaching, Mentoring and the Leadership Continuum
Leadership Practices Continuum  
How the Continuum Works in Practice  
Being a Coach-Like Mentor  
The Case for Being Coach-Like  
Reflections for Practice  
3. Committed Listening
Listening Assessment  
Moving to Action  
Components of Committed Listening  
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication  
Value Silence  
Unproductive Patterns of Listening  
Listen Without Obligation to Act  
Reflections for Practice  
4. Powerful Speaking and Questioning
Expressing Positive Intent  
Avoid Advice  
Ask Powerful Questions  
Reflections for Practice  
5. Reflective Feedback
The Importance of Feedback  
Three Types of Feedback  
Options for Offering Meaningful Feedback  
Framing an Important Conversation Using Reflective Feedback  
Journal Reflection About an Important Upcoming Conversation  
Using the Reflective Feedback Frame to Support Excellence  
Reframing Resistance  
Reflections for Practice  
6. Moving to Action: A Way of Being
The Basic Framework  
Study 1: Using the Reflective Framework in a Supervisory Coaching Conversatio  
Study 2: Using the Reflective Framework for Large Scale Challenges  
Next Steps  
Reflections for Practice  
Appendix A: Powerful, Open-Ended Questions  
Appendix B: Reflective Feedback  
Appendix C: Reframing Resistance  
Appendix D: Reflective Feedback Framework for Coaching Conversations  
Key features

This book includes:

  • visuals such as the Leadership Practices Continuum
  • extensive actual examples of coaching conversations and cases
  • a short summary at the end of each chapter
  • metaphors for skill reinforcement throughout
  • specific resources, such as a listening skills checklist
  • an annotated bibliography and appendices such as lists of conversational stems

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ISBN: 9781544319711