(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.

Empathize for Connection

Empathize for connection

If schools are to become more life-giving places, where not only students but also educators learn and grow, then honing our capacity for empathy is essential. Schools without empathy may evidence compliance and orderly conduct, and there may even be measurable signs of achievement, but power- and fear-based organizations do not facilitate the connection, passion, openness, resilience, and initiative that real learning requires. Empathy facilitates communication, which facilitates change. In the absence of empathy, schools become places where people are watching their backs, doing the minimum, defending their territory, digging in their heels, and resisting change. That is true all the way down the line: from superintendents to principals to teachers to parents and students. In the presence of ...

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