Next Steps in Instructional Coaching Giveaway & Blog Series

When I transitioned from the classroom to instructional coaching, it took me a while to figure out what to blog about, and what product to make to support people who needed it.
I spent a while working on materials I would’ve needed if I’d still been in the classroom. After that, I worked on materials and blog posts that would support the teachers I was working with. Finally, I realized how little support is out there for instructional coaches, and I decided to write about that! 

So for the last few years, I’ve been making materials and writing about instructional coaching (among other things).

Last year, I published my Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching ebook on TpT. It complimented the Instructional Coaching Binder MegaPack that I’d already put out there. I wrote a blog series: The Start-Up series.

And the feedback was overwhelming. So many people are working hard to figure out this position, just like me. So I decided to have a go at it again.

This year, I’m blogging about the Next Steps in Instructional Coaching. You’ve organized your systems, got your room set upplanned your PD, set up an action plan for support, and set some goals for your work. Now what?

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share with you some important information about these topics:

Tuesday, August 1: Working with Data: What to collect and why to collect it
Saturday, August 5:  Facilitating a Data PLC: How to get people thinking
Tuesday, August 8: Growing Leadership in Teachers: teacher modeling
Saturday, August 12: Hosting a Teacher Conference

And on top of it, I’m going to host another BIG giveaway!

One lucky duck will win my Instructional Coaching Must-Haves Kit, an over $120 value!

Included in this kit: 

  • Desk inbox tray (gonna be full before you know it)
  • My favorite notebook (Bendable)
  • My favorite calendar (Week-at-a-glance)
  • The best erasable pens out there
  • Flair pens (for pretty colors)
  • A mug (Necessary for coaching)
  • Thank you cards (gotta appreciate your people)
  • A notepad cube (for notes)
  • A variety of post-it flags & labels (Fancy)
  • The Instructional Coaching MegaPack (sent via email)
  • The Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching (sent via email)

In addition to this, with every new post, you’ll have the chance to enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway to be one of five people to win a digital giveaway: my new ebook, The Start-Up Guide to Instructional Coaching, and my Instructional Coaching MegaPack Binder! Over $40.00 worth of products!

To enter this contest, follow the rafflecopter directions below. You can add new entries with each blog post that comes out in the Next Steps in Instructional Coaching Series!

All entries will be tabulated by Tuesday, August 15, and the big winner and 5 digital giveaway winners will be announced!

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  1. Ahh! I'm starting my new job as an instructional coach this month after eight years in kindergarten! I'm excited, but nervous, too! Winning this would be so helpful. I'm grateful for the chance! Thank you!

  2. Hi! I am so grateful for your blog as I start my journey as an instructional coach next month! After 3 years teaching 3rd grade, I am very excited for the opportunity to be both a special educator and an instructional coach!

  3. I would love to win this, This is my 1st year as a literacy coach and excited to learn as much as I can about my new role. Thank you for your blog!

  4. I have been reading your posts all summer because I am also new to coaching this year. I am so excited to begin this new adventure and I'm glad to have a resource blog like yours to get ideas from. You rock!!

  5. I am a former coach who is contemplating going back to it. I get so much from your posts. They are informative and helpful for a teacher leader still in the classroom.

  6. Starting my first year as an instructional coach. I keep coming back to your blog and your products to help me plan, make decisions, and get myself organized. Thank you for everything!

  7. Good Luck Miss Thomas. I'm doing the same coming from kindergarten and ESOL and now the Instructional Coach, looking for lots of ideas to help make this a successful year.

  8. I'm starting as a HS instructional coach (half day) this year and I can use allllll the help I can get. (Note: the rafflecopter keeps freezing ๐Ÿ˜ž)

  9. As I am an online teacher, I am always looking for new and interesting ways to help my fellow teachers. I am glad I found your blog and look forward to seeing new things.

  10. My main question is how to keep veteran teachers motivated to work on instructional coaching within an online format? We have PD but sometimes they (the vets) feel like it never seems to fit their needs. We want to move our (art) department forward.

  11. We have been using PLCs in our district for a few years, but are planning to really have them focus more on data this year – thank you SO much for knowing exactly what I needed a little extra info on:)

  12. I am so thankful that I have come across your blog! It has been very helpful in preparing for my first year as an instructional coach! I look forward to the new posts.

  13. I find that candy works well! lol When I started at my school, I made a little candy pencil treat for each teacher. I went up to school before it started to work on my room, and met several teachers that way, just working over the summer as they were working on their rooms, too. I've heard some suggest putting up a sign-up sheet for a read aloud – you can offer to do a read aloud with their class and they can sign up for a time frame. That's cute if you're working with elementary literacy, anyway.

  14. Have you sent out a survey to see what they need? I've tried that before, and gotten some surprising results. Sometimes it's hard to accommodate everyone, but maybe that would give you a starting point for differentiation!

  15. I am a Title Reading and Math teacher who wants to move towards more personalized instruction as a way to better meet the unique needs of each of my students and to be able to offer more assistance and information to my classroom teachers. You have been such a huge inspiration, and I am learning so much from you! Thank you for this opportunity to win such a wonderful give-away AND for all you do to support and encourage and inspire us all.

  16. Hi Chrissy,
    I know you started your back to school training already and I have to admit, I feel left out lol. But I wish you good luck on a successful year. I enjoy your blog and look forward to using your knowledge as a coach again in the near future. Thanks.

  17. Hi Stacey! Actually, I'm not back either! I decided to work from home and get ready for our baby on the way in November! I'm having withdrawals – I understand the left out feeling! What are you doing this year?

  18. I have so many questions about instructional coaching as I will be starting in two weeks. I am wondering how you get people to see you as non-administrative and understand you are just trying to help. I will be working very veteran teachers and I want to come across as helpful not like I am trying to tell anyone what to do.

  19. Congrats on your baby! That is so nice to have the time to get ready. I was moved into a classroom this year, one of the many coaches who were :(, so I'll be teaching 2nd grade. I am looking forward to working with kids again, but I was just getting the hang of coaching lol. But, they say things happen for a reason, so I am excited for a new school year.

  20. Stacey,

    Thank you so much!
    You know, I understand it's a tough transition, but it's probably a blessing in disguise! Honestly, there are times when I miss the classroom SO MUCH! (Right now included!) So I hope you really enjoy your time in second grade this year!

  21. That can be a challenge, especially depending on how your administrator decides to use your position. My best advice is to be a partner to the teachers; offer support where it's needed, but be a team player and listen to teachers as they share their ideas. Be genuinely interested in their ideas and plans, and look for opportunities to add value by supporting teachers in the areas they'd like support in.

  22. It can be overwhelming! Getting to know the current practices and systems on your campus can help. I recommend talking to your principal and some teachers to see how things work there already.

  23. I think I already entered by leaving a comment but I can't remember? Lol anyways my question was in addition to required PD and trainings that you give do you offer optional for teachers as well?

  24. I have offered optional trainings. It's sometimes difficult finding a day/time where teachers aren't tutoring after school, so turnout is usually kind of low. (Teachers are overwhelmed.) But when I have, it's usually an optional book club. One year we read Igniting a Passion for Reading, and another year we read Whole Brain Teaching. They both resulted in some positive outcomes for those who chose to participate.

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