(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.

The Strengths-Building Turn
Loop 2: The strengths-building turn

An illustration of an infinity loop oriented horizontally. The upper segment on the right side of the loop is labeled Appreciate, and the lower segment on the same side is labeled Design.

After coaches have established trust and rapport with teachers, and those teachers have shared, explored, and received empathy for their stories, it is time for two more movements in the evocative coaching process: appreciate and design. Coaches listen to stories and express empathy not as ends in themselves but to facilitate teacher growth and change. When the first turn of evocative coaching has done its work generating the readiness embodied in the golden sigh, teachers are primed for a positive, action-oriented conversation. “Now what?” becomes the operative question. The new territory that coaches and teachers have to explore is the luminous realm of capacity, possibility, and fulfilment.

The strengths-building turn starts where the no-fault zone leaves off and ...

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