Teachers are better together!
Nationally and internationally, educators are excited about Les Foltos' techniques for effective peer coaching. The model for Peer Coaching outlined in his 2011 TED talk has been implemented in 40 countries and counting with powerful results.
Now you have it in this concise guide to effective coaching! Train teachers to help each other refine their classroom strategies and tailor them to 21st Century needs. Foltos' insights include
How peer coaching that makes a difference involves much more than just one teacher offering another advice.
How a coaching relationship is first built on trust, and then on the willingness to take risks.
Why peer coaching should focus on adapting teaching methods to the technological future of education.
For schools to effect the changes the future demands, teachers must learn how to collaborate effectively. With this book, Les Foltos shows the way.
Chapter 10: Sustaining Coaching and Building Capacity
Sustaining Coaching and Building Capacity
Above all use collective capacity as the foundation of innovative teaching and learning work.
—Michael Fullan (2011b)
One critical element of implementing educational innovation is sustaining that innovation by providing long-term support. In an age when school principals and particularly school district leaders seem to come and go with the season, long-term support seems like a rare commodity. Those of us in education know why ongoing support for reform programs is essential. Every leader seems to have an agenda. No one seems to want to continue a predecessor's programs. We have all seen many educational initiatives start, burn brightly, [Page 170]and then burn out completely because they lack long-term support. After experiencing this cycle a few times, ...