The NIUSI-LeadScape Principal Coaching Guide Elaine Mulligan January 21, 2009 Systemic Change Framework How do we get high quality practice – at the leadership level and at the practitioner level? Essential Variables for Leading Inclusive Schools Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = CHANGE ______ + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = CONFUSION Vision + ______ + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = ANXIETY Vision + Skills + _________ + Vision + Skills + Incentives + __________ + Action Plan = Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + ___________ = TREADMILL Resources + Action Plan = RESISTANCE FRUSTRATION Processes for developing high quality, inclusive practices • Your vision for inclusive practices • The ways you establish for working together Vision Technical Assistance • You provide or connect staff to resources to build their repertoire of skills (how to) Frameworks for Acting Mediated Experience • You help develop the internal scripts to interpret, reflect, and continuously improve practice Mediated Experience Coaching: An Integral Part of the School Improvement Process Ways of Doing Ways of Being Scripts Mental models Problem Solving Coaching Cognitive Coach ThirdSpace ThirdSpace Coachee Inclusive Outcomes NIUSI-LeadScape Coaching Process Cognitive Coaching Coaching Culturally Responsive Coaching NIUSILeadScape Coaching for Inclusive Practices How is this like what I’m already doing? Cognitive Cultural Inclusive How is this different from what I’m currently doing? NOT Just Problem Solving! Vision Technical Assistance Frameworks for Acting Mediated Experience Assess through Observation Mediate Experience and Knowledgebuilding The Coaching Process Coaching for Reflection, Insight, Developing Scripts and Change in Practice Establish Improvement Goals Set frequent and consistent times for Coaching Thirdspace – What it looks like Assess through Observation Coaching for Reflection, Insight, Developing Scripts and Change in Practice Establish Improvemen t Goals Set frequent and consistent times for Coaching Coach ThirdSpace Mediate Experience and Knowledgebuilding Coachee Components of a Coaching Conversation Assess through Observation Mediate Experience and Knowledgebuilding Coaching for Reflection, Insight, Developing Scripts and Change in Practice Establish Improvemen t Goals Set frequent and consistent times for Coaching Engage Create ThirdSpace Develop Insights Reframe Practice Scripts Set Goals NIUSI-LeadScape Strategic Coaching Questions • To what degree and in what ways are we ensuring that selected assessment and instructional materials, procedures, activities & strategies reflect the diverse languages, values, beliefs and behaviors that define the identities of the students involved? • To what degree and in what ways do materials, procedures, activities and strategies – as well as our own interpretations – support the notion of “spectrum” rather than “continuum” (i.e., disallow an “either-or” perspective)? • To what degree and in what ways are we seeking information on the contexts that sustain and give meaning to students’ values, beliefs and behaviors as compared to the contexts within which we are assessing/teaching? • How are we dealing with contradictions between students’ values, beliefs and behaviors and the values, beliefs and behaviors underlying the materials, procedures, strategies and activities we are using to assess/teach? • To what degree and in what ways are we being responsive rather than reactive; that is, using assessment/instructional materials that reflect shared understandings generated through deep empathy, attention and curiosity rather than familiar prescribed scripts and answers? • To what degree and in what ways are we creating ThirdSpace in our daily practice (i.e., developing assessment and/or instructional options that integrate students’ perspectives and strengths with desired academic goals and outcomes)? What Will It Look Like for You? Engage Create ThirdSpace Develop Insights Reframe Practice Scripts Set Goals Regroup! • In what ways did you have to change your language to be able to do this? • In what ways did you have to challenge your own thinking? • What would help you to be able to suspend your own perspective with the other person? Some questions about application: Is everyone coachable? What are the conditions for coaching that need to be established? In what ways can teachers coach each other? Why is this notion of MEDIATED experience so important? How does it support knowledge building? Why is it critical to establish a culturally responsive coaching approach? What expectations should we have of changes in the coach? How will you include the NIUSI-LeadScape coaching process in your school? Who When Where What How NIUSI-LeadScape Coaching is . . . Coach ThirdSpace Establishing cognitive, reflective frameworks for action . . . Coachee to develop a culturally responsive “ThirdSpace” . . . where you can work together to target inclusive outcomes!