(1) Offers an original, person-centered, no-fault, strengths-based coaching model that is grounded in research on adult learning and positive psychology. (2) Complements a range of existing coaching models by emphasizing the cultivation of emotional intelligence that is needed to establish trust and eliminate barriers to teacher success. (3) Although the book is grounded in an impressive research base, it is designed as a hands-on guide for practitioners. (4) Real life vignettes and sample coaching dialogues bring important principles to life. (5) Includes a range of tools that are designed to invite reflection on the part of coaches to continuously improve their own coaching practice.
Before describing the how to of evocative coaching, expressing the dynamic dance of listening, empathizing, appreciating, and designing, we turn first to our intentions and way of being in coaching. That is because evocative coaching cannot be reduced to a tool or technique. Without the right intention and presence, coaches fail to be evocative, and teachers fail to realize their full potential, no matter what approaches are used or strategies tried. Our definition of evocative coaching as calling forth motivation and movement in people, through conversation and a way of being, so they achieve desired outcomes and enhance their quality of life highlights two key dimensions of how coaching supports growth and change: what coaches do (having conversations) and who coaches ...