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Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coach Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.


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Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coach Hands-on resources for new and seasoned school coaches This practical resource offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators, as well as presenting an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. Established coaches will find numerous ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice. Principals and others who incorporate coaching strategies into their work will also find a wealth of resources. Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching which could be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere. Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools. Offers a practical resource for school coaches, principals, district leaders, and other administrators Presents a transformational coaching model which addresses systems change Pays explicit attention to surfacing and interrupting inequities in schools The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation offers a compendium of school coaching ideas, the book's explicit, user-friendly structure enhances the ability to access the information.

30 review for The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

  1. 4 out of 5

    N.D.

    I just attended The Art of Coaching conference with Elena Aguilar, which was great. This book is an excellent tool for educators and transformational coaching is a very good approach and addition to the field of coaching.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I don't think I can say enough good things about this book. I wish I'd had it in my hands when I began my work as a coach last year. This will definitely be a book I refer to again and again. I don't think I can say enough good things about this book. I wish I'd had it in my hands when I began my work as a coach last year. This will definitely be a book I refer to again and again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaeley Santiago

    Definitely a must-read (and re-read) for coaches. Focus on Emotional Intelligence, transformative, equitable approach such as the SMART-e goals where e=equity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Skylar Primm

    Where do I even begin with reviewing this book? I've been reading it slowly over the past four months, in concert with a training course on coaching and leadership. Simply put, the experience has been revelatory. First off, Elena Aguilar is an excellent writer, which I haven't found to be the norm in professional development books. Her prose makes the book a lot more engaging and, dare I say it, enjoyable to read. Second, her book (along with the class) has inspired me to take a more active leader Where do I even begin with reviewing this book? I've been reading it slowly over the past four months, in concert with a training course on coaching and leadership. Simply put, the experience has been revelatory. First off, Elena Aguilar is an excellent writer, which I haven't found to be the norm in professional development books. Her prose makes the book a lot more engaging and, dare I say it, enjoyable to read. Second, her book (along with the class) has inspired me to take a more active leadership role in my district and state--not for my own self-aggrandizement, but because it's the right thing to do for students. Change is coming to our education system, but it won't be for the better if those of us who yearn for a more equitable system don't step up and fight for our beliefs. Third, Aguilar recognizes that the best opportunities for change are found in "high-leverage areas" within the system. I kept thinking of this concept in terms of keeping my efforts within my sphere of influence, and it's inspiring to know that changes at the individual teacher and school level can--and will--result in systemic change. Finally, her book is also a fabulous reference for coaches (and educators in general), and I am sure that I will be referring back to it in times of need for years to come. What greater praise could one give to a professional development book?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Awesome read - her beliefs are very aligned to TFA/eliminating educational equity and her practice is logical and replicable. Love this and plan to share it with my team!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    One of the best professional development books I've ever read. Even if you're not an instructional coach, it has a plethora of strategies for leaders and teachers as well. One of the best professional development books I've ever read. Even if you're not an instructional coach, it has a plethora of strategies for leaders and teachers as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Seán Mchugh

    Maybe because I’m a tech coach, I found this book of little relevance once if read through the first part of the book. The author opens the introduction with a description of an amazing experience she had of being coached herself and then goes on to assume that somehow she can distil this entire complex process down to its fundamental elements in a way that can then be replicated/reproduced by other would be coaches...? “I found it hard to identify what Leslie “did” as a coach. I couldn’t identi Maybe because I’m a tech coach, I found this book of little relevance once if read through the first part of the book. The author opens the introduction with a description of an amazing experience she had of being coached herself and then goes on to assume that somehow she can distil this entire complex process down to its fundamental elements in a way that can then be replicated/reproduced by other would be coaches...? “I found it hard to identify what Leslie “did” as a coach. I couldn’t identify the specific “coaching moves“ she made, I couldn’t figure out how she was thinking or how she made decisions about what to ask me. She was an amazing coach, and I wanted to be just like her.” While this is a noble sentiment, the assumption behind it appears to be fundamentally flawed; in much the same way as you can’t replicate a great teacher’s practice by analysing the fundamental elements, with the intention to rebuild it in any other classroom with any other teacher, I can’t see how the same approach could be assumed to work with coaching either. “In the following years, as my coaching practice developed, I explored the complicated processes that result in effective coaching and learned how to see the elements that made up Leslie’s coaching. This book is an attempt to make what goes on in an effective coach’s mind visible—to make a coach’s thoughts, beliefs, knowledge, core values, and feelings explicit so that they can be replicated by others. Coaching is an art, and just as the process of producing a piece of art can be broken down, so can coaching.“ As a former artist I also know that this is a very dubious assumption, you cannot take a great piece of art and break it down into its “ingredients“, based on the notion that somehow anyone can then follow these instructions to recreate any great piece of art. The key to a great piece of art lies in the artist and the complexity and uniqueness of their life skills and experiences—not in the fundamental processes and procedures that they use to construct their artwork. The author appears to presume that any great piece of artwork is fundamentally at its core no more of an undertaking than an elaborate ‘join the dots’ approach to creation and creativity. To me, coaching, like teaching (and art) is as much about gifting as it is about processes and procedures, if not more so.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo Shumway

    Never again I did not like this book. I struggled with the way it was written, and after watching a supplemental video of Aguilar, I realize that she writes exactly the same way as she talks. Her style of communication is much too rambling for me. She uses so many words to say so little, and the little she is saying had no value to me. As a new instructional coach, I can guarantee that I will steer clear of any resources from Aguilar in the future. I regret ever reading this book and sincerely wi Never again I did not like this book. I struggled with the way it was written, and after watching a supplemental video of Aguilar, I realize that she writes exactly the same way as she talks. Her style of communication is much too rambling for me. She uses so many words to say so little, and the little she is saying had no value to me. As a new instructional coach, I can guarantee that I will steer clear of any resources from Aguilar in the future. I regret ever reading this book and sincerely wish I could have my time and money back.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauri

    Excellent book that distills the complex coaching process, provides examples, and offers up lists of resources, strategies and questions for a coach or administrator to use in supporting teachers and educational leaders. It helps to provide various coaching lenses, cautions the coach about various pitfalls along the way, and focuses on transforming schools to establish equity and make sure all students are thriving.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I was given this book at a professional development event for teachers who mentor student teachers in their classroom. The book has an extremely specific target audience--full-time coaches of teachers and administrators. It seems like a good book for that, but I found most of it hard to apply in the context of being a full-time teacher hosting a student teacher in your own classroom.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    This book presented knowledge, theory, and research backing the coaching practice in education organizations. I feel like I was able to deepen my learning through the strategies presented in this text. I've definitely added to my teacher tool belt! Coaches, administrators, and teachers would benefit from this book. This book presented knowledge, theory, and research backing the coaching practice in education organizations. I feel like I was able to deepen my learning through the strategies presented in this text. I've definitely added to my teacher tool belt! Coaches, administrators, and teachers would benefit from this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    There are so many things that are relevant in this book for anyone who works with education professionals at any level. I should have taken Ms. Aguilar's advice and selected the portions of the book relevant to my practice, instead of reading front to back. Still, I learned a lot about the different lenses coaches need to use as they are helping individuals transform their practice. There are so many things that are relevant in this book for anyone who works with education professionals at any level. I should have taken Ms. Aguilar's advice and selected the portions of the book relevant to my practice, instead of reading front to back. Still, I learned a lot about the different lenses coaches need to use as they are helping individuals transform their practice.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan Smith

    I read this book for class but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The book walks through many practical skills in order to be an effrite instructional coach. I have wondered how people become good coaching and this book is a great one to read for anyone who is interested in school leadership.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison Rini

    Coaching could be the best way to help address seemingly intractable problems in education - allowing us to see beyond our current status and access infinite possibility. As a school leader, this book gives me so much hope that we can truly help teachers grow through what they go through. (Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Elena...)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is an excellent book with a lot of great advice for planning instructional coaching. I read it to prep for interviews and there is a page in the book where it lists questions that could be asked during interviews and also provides the interviewee with questions to ask their prospective employer. I will definitely return to this as a resource.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Excellent book that has been tremendously helpful in my literacy coach role. Have referred to it often all school year. Practical, informative and at times completely validating. Highly recommend this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I think the biggest take away for me as I coach student teachers is to not get attached to an outcome. The second biggest was the importance of always working on being a better listener and to prepare for debriefings thoughtfully.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Renee Doucette

    There's a lot to unpack in this book. I appreciate the specific examples and resources Aguilar provides to illustrate coaching for school transformation. Because this book covers all sorts of coaching situations, not everything is applicable to teacher mentoring. But overall, well worth the read. There's a lot to unpack in this book. I appreciate the specific examples and resources Aguilar provides to illustrate coaching for school transformation. Because this book covers all sorts of coaching situations, not everything is applicable to teacher mentoring. But overall, well worth the read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Baker

    This coaching book was a little based on butterflies and rainbows. The anecdotes and stories of working with teachers/administrators did not reflect my own experiences as a Literacy Coach so the book didn't resonate with me. This coaching book was a little based on butterflies and rainbows. The anecdotes and stories of working with teachers/administrators did not reflect my own experiences as a Literacy Coach so the book didn't resonate with me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Amazing coach and transformative ideas and approach. Only thing that kept it from 5 stars is that there are passages that need editing incredibly badly--just poorly or unclearly constructed. However, I am a huge fan of the book and its approach.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna (bibliophiles_bookstagram)

    Elena Aguilar's honest and straightforward writing style makes her writing not only readable but extremely inviting. The resources, case study examples, and mock coaching sessions helped me immensely see how I can channel her planning and coaching strategies in my own professional life. Elena Aguilar's honest and straightforward writing style makes her writing not only readable but extremely inviting. The resources, case study examples, and mock coaching sessions helped me immensely see how I can channel her planning and coaching strategies in my own professional life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    A very helpful book for educational leaders. The holistic approach to coaching was as one and this book helped me be successful in my first year of coaching.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christina Hagmann

    Great resource for anyone in education, even if you are not an instructional coach.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    Exceptional resource. Well laid out and engaging.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Full of a lot of useful strategies. I'll definitely be revisiting this one from time to time as a reference. Full of a lot of useful strategies. I'll definitely be revisiting this one from time to time as a reference.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Winkler

    EXCELLENT book to help one improve as a coach.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    The book was good but the training that goes with it was amazing. I was able to attend with Jesse Cordova (colleague to he author) and it was wonderful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carl Burke

    Brilliant book!!!! It taught me to listen and talk appropriately when working with colleagues.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I wouldn't recommend reading this book cover to cover but use it more as a reference. There is a lot of great information that I will use. I wouldn't recommend reading this book cover to cover but use it more as a reference. There is a lot of great information that I will use.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Plenty of practical resources for teacher coaches both for mindset and supporting teacher needs as well as the practical side of coaching to meet student needs!

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