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Coaching experienced educators: Critical support in changing contexts

Presenters: Chris Bryan, Julie Donohue-Kpolugbo, Misty Miller, & Violet Christensen

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Instructional coaching, especially for experienced educators, can offer support to adjust and adapt instruction and engage all students. Educators have greater or lesser levels of consciousness about their ability. Experienced educators are often consciously skilled, deliberate in their actions, or possibly unconsciously skilled, so experienced that most of their actions are habitual and they may not recognize what they do or why. The major changes during the past year shifted all educators to a position of consciously unskilled—knowing that you don’t know, but unsure what to do. The webinar is intended to highlight instructional coaches working with experienced educators. Panelists will share strategies, tools, and resources to support experienced teachers to strengthen their practice and discuss the value of self-examination and a commitment to collective

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Senior Consultant and Professional Development Director | + posts

Chris Bryan is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. She is also the professional development director for the organization One to One Women Coaching Women. Bryan draws on deep instructional experience to serve her clients and learning partners—from classroom teacher, learning specialist, mentor, and staff developer, to instructional coach and coach of coaches. Currently, she coaches school executives, school-based coaches, and other leaders of organizations.

District Literacy Consultant and Instructional Coach Coordinator at Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council | + posts

Julie Donohue-Kpolugbo currently serves as the district literacy consultant and instructional coach coordinator for the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council, although small in population, serves a geographic area similar in size to New Zealand with multiple fly-in only communities. This unique context is a major factor in designing coaching practice that generates impact on student achievement.

K-5 Instructional Coach (Student Performance Strategist) at Fargo School District | + posts

Misty Miller serves as the student performance strategist at Centennial Elementary in the Fargo Public School district, providing support for teachers through instructional coaching and professional development. She has been involved in elementary education for the past sixteen years as a teacher, instructional coach, consultant, and a mentor for new teachers. Her teaching and coaching experience spans grades K-8 and includes all subjects. Miller serves on school and district leadership teams and has a passion for breaking down complex ideas and organizing information in more accessible ways.

Learning Coach at St. Vrain Valley School District | + posts

Violet Christensen currently serves as an instructional learning coach with St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, CO. She has over 13 years of experience teaching, coaching, and consulting. She serves coaches, school leaders, educators, and others throughout St. Vrain. Christensen is part of the Office of Professional Development, creating dynamic blended professional development to meet the learning needs of educators. She is also co-host of C3: Connecting Coaches’ Cognition Podcast (@C3Coaches) which is centered around supporting instructional coaches and educators. Christensen also co-created the Inter-District Coaching Collaborative, to connect instructional coaches to help them reflect, refine, and elevate their practices.

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