Coaching the Whole Educator

Coaching the Whole Educator

This podcast helps instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school leaders improve their educators’ effectiveness and resilience, especially the ones who need it most by focusing on the mindsets and motivations that are at the source of unproductive behaviors. Each week, we’ll cover quick tips, strategies and coaching mindsets so that you can be on top of your coaching game.

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July 20, 2024 8 mins

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In this episode, I share my favorite ways to kick off adult learning in my professional developments. Learn how to create opportunities for meaningful reflection and connection without cheesy, on-the-surface ice breakers. Look below for a FREE downloadable activity!

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As leaders, we are faced with problems the generations before us did not experience and we are joined again by Dr. Jody Carrington to explore the crucial role of human connection in our schools and how it impacts our educators.  They share why striving for a perfect work-life balance is a myth.

In schools, we often preach the need for authentic leadership, but are we neglecting our own emotion...
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Feeling like a broken record? Your clients keep hitting the same wall, and you're not sure why? This episode will shed some light on those frustrating roadblocks.
Science reveals there are two types of challenges: the straight forward kind (like how to load the dishwasher the "right" way) and those that require us to adapt to different sutations (like how to improve engagement in a multitud...

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School leaders and coaches are drowning in data. Yet, you play a crucial role in helping teachers leverage data to improve student learning. From test scores to attendance records, information floods in from various sources, often incompatible with each other. While all of this data is a powerful tool, teachers experiencing resistance can hinder its effectiveness. Here is where you come in! Listen to this epi...

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Let's talk about the concept of willpower, its limitations, and how to strengthen it. We begin by looking at how willpower is defined by researcher Kelly McGonigal. According to McGonigal, it's the ability to resist temptation and make choices that align with our long-term goals, even when faced with resistance. Interestingly, research shows willpower is a finite resource that depletes throughout th...

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Does it ever feel like an uphill battle when you are asked to implement a new change in your building or district? In this episode, James Fester and Becca discuss the Change Adoption Curve and how to use it to navigate successful school improvement. The curve gives you the order in which teachers will adopt change: innovators (eager early adopters), early adopters (enthusiastic supporters), early majority (ne...

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As instructional coaches and school leaders, we sometimes struggle to understand why teachers resist change or exhibit unproductive behaviors. In this episode we explore the research behind Choice Theory! Developed by psychiatrist William Glasser, Choice Theory emphasizes that people's behavior is driven by their desire to fulfill five basic needs. These needs include: survival, love and belonging, power...

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This podcast episode confronts the epidemic of isolation plaguing educators, instructional coaches and school leaders. Dr. Jody Carrington, a child psychologist turned best-selling author and public speaker, joins me with her sass and boldness to discuss the root cause of this isolation- a system that most times prioritizes cold efficiency over human connection...

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Hey coaches and leaders! Feeling the weight of teacher burnout pressing down on your school? While we all are looking forward to that summer break, the question is- how helpful is taking time away really helpful?

This episode looks at the science behind burnout and the tools to reduce it. Believe it or not, it’s actually all about completing your stress cycles, and guess...

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Do your teacher teams sometimes struggle with miscommunication and confusion?

The Enneagram offers a powerful tool for instructional coaches to help your educators understand themselves and their colleagues better. In this episode, we explore how the Enneagram's nine motivation types can be used to:

  • Identify sources of confusion in team dynamics.
  • Improve communication by understanding different communic...
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This is our VERY FIRST Research Rundown! These episodes will be bi-weekly mini-episodes sharing about research studies Becca uses within her own coaching and professional development.

This podcast episode cracks the code on how our brains ACTUALLY handle challenges, and the secret weapon might surprise you. This episode reveals a groundbreaking study that shows how our brains LIGHT UP during challeng...

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This podcast episode dives into the concept of appreciating teachers beyond the typical gestures and explores how a 6 Pillar Framework can create a school environment where teachers truly feel valued. Allyson Apsey, author of "Leading the Whole Teacher," emphasizes that feeling seen and heard is crucial for teachers. Her six pillars from the boo...

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Our school culture (whether it's intentional or accidental) impacts so many vital aspects impacting the success of our schools. And building a thriving school culture can feel like herding cats... on roller skates... blindfolded (you get the picture). Especially when your great teachers keep leaving for greener pastures?  You're not alone...

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April 14, 2024 20 mins

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Let's ditch the sugar coating and learn to have those tough conversations that really make a difference.

Scott Robley brings some down to earth, real talk about Crucial Conversations. You know, those conversations that make your stomach churn a little – the ones about tough topics where emotions run high.  We've all been there, right?

Let's face it, in our schools, so many of our conversations fe...

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Have you ever found yourself perplexed by the repetitive conversations with teachers or staff?  Alongside Angela Kelly and Becca, explore the key factors driving this issue. They explore elements such as awareness levels, resistance to change, fear of failure and the desire for control. Gain insights into self-reflection questions and str...

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March 31, 2024 23 mins

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This conversation between Mia Pumo, coach of coaches, and Becca discusses how to give and receive feedback more effectively. Here are the key takeaways:
People resist feedback for three reasons:
*Truth triggers: they believe the feedback is untrue or unhelpful.
*Relationship triggers: they don't trust the person giving the feedback.
*I...

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In this episode, Allison Rodman and Becca dive into the messy, beautiful world of adult learning. In Allison's book "Still Learning," she shares about the adult social and emotional journey and the real, raw stuff that fuels our capacity to learn and grow.

Here's the thing: we spend so much time worrying about curriculum and perfect fa...

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Are you looking for the ultimate list for what makes a great leader? You won't find that here. This episode dives into the surprising truth: the best leaders are the ones who can comfortably straddle contradictions. 

This podcast episode is about the book  "The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership" by Tim Elmore. The main idea is that...

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Research shows that schools with strong collective teacher efficacy have higher student achievement (even having a higher impact than socio-economic status).

The episode discusses the following:

  • What collective teacher efficacy is and why it is important
  • Non-examples of collective teacher efficacy
  • Examples of how collective teacher efficacy can be built in schools
  • The importance of setting mastery goals instea...
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Do you ever struggle to get your ideas across? In today's episode, we'll be diving into the world of visual leadership with expert Todd Cherches. He'll share practical tips and frameworks to help you leverage the power of visuals to become a more effective communicator and leader. Tune in and gain valuable insights on how to make your me...

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