(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.

Listen for Stories

Listen for stories

Once upon a time, a first-year special educator named Naomi, fresh from finishing her master’s degree, joined the faculty of an elementary school. Her assistant principal, Lydia, shared the story of that first year:

Naomi was quickly overwhelmed by the stress of the job. She complained that she had not been prepared for the multiple demands on her time—the amount of paperwork, the need to collaborate with general education teachers, the meetings with parents. It’s a tough job. One afternoon she shared her story with me. She had lost her mother when she was young, and she was thrust into the role of mothering her younger brothers. I could see where her sense of overwhelm and of being unprepared for ...

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