ABPC’s Cognitive Coaching Institute held the first of four two-day workshops in November. Cathy Gassenheimer, who joined 40 instructional coaches and other Alabama educators for the training, shares three cognitive coaching skills that anyone can put to immediate use.
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Since Emily Strickland began her new job at ABPC a few months ago, “I’ve learned to just smile and tell people there are plenty of positive things going on in Alabama schools they just don’t hear about – especially in schools where faculties have achieved collective efficacy.”
After Isabella School introduced student data notebooks as part of a “leaders of their own learning” initiative, the time came for student-led conferences with parents and teachers. Read how the K-12 school transformed the prospect of dreary formal meetings into a happy learning event for everyone!
Guiding students to write every day not only improves their writing skills, it can deepen their thinking and ultimately their understanding of content in ALL subject areas, including ELA, history, math, and science. These teaching resources can help make that happen.
How do Networked Improvement Communities differ from typical PLCs, including ABPC’s networks of school and teacher leaders? Cathy Gassenheimer reflects on the NIC concept and its focus on specific measurable aims determined by careful listening and shared accountability.
Listening to conversations at ABPC’s Skillful Team Leader Institute, Cathy Gassenheimer overheard principals and instructional partners discuss the need to better engage parents in their children’s education. She’s discovered a timely resource that addresses this challenge.
Geniuses like Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and others intentionally reserved a block of time—1-2 hours per week—for thinking and reflection. How about that for a stretch goal? writes Cathy Gassenheimer. A 2014 study says the effort can have a big payoff.
Cathy and colleagues had an opportunity “something akin to time travel” when they decided to reboot the curriculum for one of ABPC’s Powerful Conversations Networks. Using all the feedback from the past five years, they redesigned the experience and held their breath. (Co-written with Emily Strickland)
Consultant Marlene Chism suggests 7 signs that could serve as good indicators of whether people in leadership roles are pursuing the continuous learning that leads to growth and success. Cathy Gassenheimer adds reflection questions to help readers check their own progress.
Cathy Gassenheimer reports on a windy start to the 2017-18 professional learning season at ABPC. “Through wind and rain and other challenging weather, our opportunities to collaborate will push forward. We love gathering to dive deep! We are truly better together.”