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Coaches inspiring change during difficult times

Presenters: Amanda Bellas, Ayana Etienne, Michelle Robellard, & Nadira Singh

Teachers need coaches more than ever. However, they have less time than ever for consistent coaching cycles. With challenges like school reform, filling vacancies, lack of substitutes, and teacher burnout, coaches are looking for ways to inspire and impact teachers without overloading them. What creative coaching opportunities have encouraged teachers to develop their capacity and efficacy?

Join us for this webinar to gain skills and strategies for building teacher efficacy during times of extreme stress and urgency.

Presenters
District Resource Teacher for Professional Development at Hillsborough County School District | + posts

Amanda Bellas is a district resource teacher for professional development in Hillsborough County School District. With 15 years of teaching and coaching experience, Bellas currently partners with schools that are persistently low performing to identify professional development needs and strategically develops job-embedded opportunities for teachers and leadership staff. She believes collaborative and reflective practices are the accelerator for transforming coaching and teaching practices.

Reading Coach at Sulphur Springs K - 8 Community School | + posts

Ayana Etienne is a reading coach at Sulphur Springs K - 8 Community School in Tampa, FL. This is her 11th year as a reading coach in Hillsborough County. Prior to taking on the challenge as a reading coach, she was a third- and fourth-grade classroom teacher. Education is a second career for Ayana, therefore, she obtained her education course work from Hillsborough Community College's Educator Preparation Institute, a program for students who have degrees in other areas but need education credits to fulfill state certification teaching requirements. One of Ayana's most valuable experiences as a coach was being able to work as a reading coach facilitator at the Hillsborough County Reading Coach Summer Institute - training classroom teachers to become reading coaches for ten summers in a row.

Director of Program and Partnerships at New Teacher Center | + posts

Michelle Robellard is a director of program and partnerships for New Teacher Center and has worked at New Teacher Center for the past eight years. She has over 20 years of educational experience and is currently consulting with district and school leaders focused on the work of developing district-wide support systems for accelerating teacher effectiveness through instructional coaching and mentoring in order to provide equitable access and success of rigorous content for all students. Robellard has had the opportunity to do this work in a variety of districts and settings giving her a wide perspective of coaching practices. Her favorite part of her job is being in classrooms with teachers and students.

Professional Learning and Coaching Coordinator at Gwinnett County Public schools | + posts

Nadira Singh serves as a professional learning and coaching coordinator in the Office of Staff Development for Gwinnett County Public schools (GA). As coordinator, she leads a team that supports teacher leaders seeking professional growth in the areas of instructional coaching. She recently started an assistant principal coach endorsement program for assistant principals who want to grow their skills in coaching best practices to support teacher and collaborative learning team growth. Singh's work also extends to providing professional learning to local schools and leadership teams to improve collaboration and managing complex change. Before working at the central office, Singh served as a high school science teacher and local school instructional coach for seven years in Georgia and a middle school science teacher for five years in New York City.

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