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Sharron Helmke

sharronhelmke@learningforward.org

Sharron Helmke is the Acting Vice President for Professional Services at Learning Forward. She is a professional certified coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Gestalt Professional Coach. She is the author of the recurring “Coaches Corner” feature in The Learning Professional. Sharron formerly served as senior consultant for Learning Forward, leading our Coaches’ Academies and supporting schools, districts, and regional organizations in the implementation of instructional coaching programs, mentoring, and teacher leadership development. She also serves as a content development consultant, supporting the design of Learning Forward’s virtual offerings and customized professional learning, including the ELA Mentor Coaching and the Content Coaching programs.

 

 

Previously, Sharron served as a classroom teacher, campus based instructional coach, ELA program coordinator, and coordinator of instructional coaching. She holds a doctorate in transformational change for societal impact and her published research focuses on shared leadership for instructional improvement.

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Why now is exactly the time you should be hiring instructional coaches

By Sharron Helmke | April 28, 2022

During this time of teacher shortages, it is tempting to leave instructional coaching vacancies unfilled in favor of placing—or keeping—those promising experienced candidates in classrooms. Especially now, when pulling teachers out of their classrooms for professional learning is no longer a viable option, instructional coaching is even more critical to meeting the learning needs of […]

Where to start when everything feels urgent

By Sharron Helmke | April 5, 2022

The effort-to-impact matrix is a simple but valuable tool for setting priorities and taking action.

How to coach while performing ‘other duties as assigned’

By Sharron Helmke | December 10, 2021

I’m hearing from coaches everywhere that they are feeling especially stressed and overwhelmed right now. It’s not because of their coaching roles per se, but because of the “other duties as assigned” that are included in many coaches’ job descriptions. If you are overloaded and questioning how much longer you can continue like this, you […]

How to coach while performing ‘other duties as assigned.’

By Sharron Helmke | December 1, 2021

I’m hearing from coaches everywhere that they are feeling especially stressed and overwhelmed right now. It’s not because of their coaching roles per se, but because of the “other duties as assigned” that are included in many coaches’ job descriptions. If you are overloaded and questioning how much longer you can continue like this, you […]

No more random acts of professional learning

By Frederick Brown and Sharron Helmke | October 1, 2021

As schools seek to heal their communities after more than a year of disruption, professional learning is key to ensuring that educators at every level have the knowledge and capacity to meet students’ and staff members’ needs. It may be tempting to address the list of needs one at a time, from academic catch-up to […]

A coach’s task is to plant the seeds of change

By Sharron Helmke | October 1, 2021

As this issue’s articles make clear, these are highly stressful times for schools. Of course, education is always a stressful profession. Even without a pandemic, educators navigate ever-evolving expectations in the form of shifting learning standards, student needs, governmental and societal expectations, and performance evaluations. Instructional coaches play an important role as schools navigate those […]