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

By Sharron Helmke
December 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 are not alone. You can get through this period with some straightforward strategies and support from your peers. As schools grapple with teacher and substitute shortages, coaches are being called on to make up the difference between staffing needs and available educators. Many coaches are taking on duties from covering classes to serving as the class’s teacher of record, from extra bus and recess duty to new committee assignments. As

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Acting Vice President for Professional Services at Learning Forward | + posts

Sharron Helmke is a Gestalt and ICF certified professional coach. She’s a senior consultant for Learning Forward, facilitator of the Mentor and Coaching Academies, and co-facilitator of Learning Forward’s virtual coaching class Powerful Communication Skills for Coaches.


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