Last month I found out that I had been selected by the Friday Institute to participate in their NC Digital Leaders Coaching Network (NCDLCN). Through this program I will have the opportunity collaborate and learn from some of the best coaches in NC and I will have the opportunity to fine-tune my own coaching skills. This past Monday and Tuesday we had our first two sessions, and they were intense and amazing. I came home with some great strategies and professional development to try with my staff and students. In fact, this Thursday I will be using several of the activities to teach my AIG students.
The expectations for NCDLCN are that every participant will Grow, Connect, and Lead. They made this a very achievable goal, as I was blessed to have been placed on an amazing team, who share my same passion for enhancing the educational experience for students, and helping young leaders grow and develop. I highly recommend that you follow @KyleHamstra, @AlwaysScience1, and @tifftr1 on Twitter.
Some of the different coaching hats a school administrator wears:
When talking to another colleague about my experience this past week, they asked me why I was attending training for coaches. “Are you looking to become an instructional coach?” they asked. Although I knew they were joking, I was still perplexed by their question as they were also a principal. Don't all principals consider themselves coaches? Don’t all administrators want to sharpen their own skills at providing feedback, and helping those they serve reach new levels in their performance? Isn’t every school leader looking for new ways to inspire their staff, and provide them with new ideas that will engage and excite their students about what they are learning? In my opinion, understanding what it is to be a coach and improving your coaching skills, could have a direct impact on your effectiveness as a school leader.
So what makes a coach great? Here are the 4 things that every educational coach should do to have a positive impact on those they serve:
I feel that it is imperative for all school leaders take time to invest in their own growth, so that they can ensure that those they serve will continue to grow and succeed. I am grateful for this opportunity to grow as a coach, and to fill up my toolbox as school administrator.
If you want to know more about the Friday Institute click here.
(Check out the images below to see some of the great stuff we experienced during our two days)