To coach for equity, start by looking within

By Sharron Helmke
June 2021
As coaches, we spend our days actively supporting the professional growth of others, but we’re also tasked with modeling lifelong learning through our own continued inquiry and reflection. Nowhere is this more important than when it comes to antiracism. But knowing where or how to start can feel overwhelming. In my own journey as a white educator and coach, I learned the only place I could start this work with integrity was with myself. By engaging in deep — and sometimes painful — self-inquiry and reflection, I’ve undertaken an ongoing journey of personal change. So when I contemplated what I could offer on the topic of antiracism, I realized I needed to forgo writing about how we coach others and instead focus on how I

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Sharron Helmke is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and the former coordinator of instructional coaching at Clear Creek ISD in League City, Texas. She previously served as a K-12 ELA program coordinator at Klein ISD, an ELA and social studies instructional coach at Katy ISD, and a high school English teacher. She is a lead designer of Learning Forward’s Mentor Teacher Academy and Content-Based Coaching Program, and is a lead facilitator of Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy.

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