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How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity [Paperback]

Nina J. Morel , Carla S. Cushman

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April 24 2012 1452202893 978-1452202891 0
"How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity" is a comprehensive start-to-finish guide for developing and sustaining a coaching program. The book guides readers through the following process: align the program with the mission and goals of the school or district; use data to continuously evaluate and refine the program; design appropriate professional development for coaches, principals, and other school administrators; and build an organizational culture that supports the coaching endeavor. Throughout the book, the authors incorporate the classic metaphor of a sea journey to describe the process, perils, and celebrations of program design, implementation, evaluation, and refinement.

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"This insightful and impressive book stresses that taking the difficult path with grace and wit is the hallmark of a great coach. In addition, the authors accurately describe what coaches should and should not do for their clients." -- Gail A. Epps, Program Manager, New Teacher Induction 20111128 "This is a much needed book. I found great value in its framework for planning a drastic change in school culture through collaboration among administrators and campus-level stakeholders." -- Vanessa Nieto-Gomez, Training and Professional Development Administrator 20111128

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Nina Jones Morel is an associate professor of education and director of masters programs at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a 2005 winner of the Milken Foundation National Educator Award and has taught at the middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. She has served as a school district administrator and a coaching champion.

Carla Staton Cushman, Ed.S. is the director of the Sumner County Teacher Center in Gallatin, Tennessee, and a coaching champion. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher and has served as a middle school assistant principal and principal. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Union University in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Carla is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional guide for school administrators Nov. 18 2012
By Albert and Dana Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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As a professor of educational administration, I highly recommend this book to be used in instructing potential school leaders to the benefits of instructional coaching to build the capacities of school faculties in the context of school change. While Morel and Cushman provide extensive practical strategies to build an instructional coaching program, they state explicitly that instructional coaches are, by design, agents of school change. This awareness that instructional coaching should be perceived by school leaders as an essential element in any school change initiative grounds this book not only in instructional leadership literature, but also in the school change literature. I also found the use of the sailing metaphor used in the book to be very appropriate to the journey a school and district must take to implement a functional instructional coaching program that is based in a school change process. Once again, I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for leadership teams of Instructional Coaching Programs! Dec 24 2013
By Evelyn Thornthwaite - Published on Amazon.com
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With this book, Morel and Cushman have done an outstanding job in providing clear and succinct steps for establishing a strong and effective coaching program with a focus on the instructional needs of students. The expertise of the authors in this area is obvious. Well-designed instructional coaching programs have been shown to make substantial strides in improving both teacher effectiveness and principal leadership for individual schools, as well as entire school districts. As an educator with over thirty years of experience, I found this book to be invaluable. This is a must-read for any administration or district that is planning to initiate or to refurbish an instructional coaching program. I sincerely applaud the authors in providing such a valuable resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Journey" to Collaboration Feb. 18 2013
By C.C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Basically, a step-by step guide on removing teachers from
"isolation to collaboration" --thereby enhancing student
learning with fully engaged teachers and administrators.
The authors set out easy to implement steps in achieving
this goal.

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