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Learning from coaches: Supporting teams and individuals

Presenters: Heather Clifton, Angela Batson, Jackie Zimmerman, & Malikah Gregory

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As the new school year begins with multiple teaching and learning environments – virtual, hybrid, and in-person – the critical role of instructional coaches has never been more important. From instructional strategies, just-in-time resources, and making connections with teachers and students, coaches are making a positive impact. They are fostering the best of professional learning to ensure success for their learning teams and their students. What does professional learning look like in a distance environment and how do you ensure it is impactful? How do you stay connected to your colleagues? Join us for this webinar as coaches share the strategies, resources, and tips that they are using to make this school year successful. Participants of this webinar will: Access and share resources, strategies, and

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Senior Consultant at Learning Forward | + posts

Heather Clifton is a professional learning consultant, offering services to schools, districts, municipal agencies, and non-profit organizations in various aspects of professional development and organizational reform. In addition, she provides executive coaching to school principals, assistant principals, and central office personnel. As a senior consultant for Learning Forward, she assisted in the development of the training modules for the Learning Forward Coaches Academy and has supported leadership development for instructional coaches and principals for more than a decade. She has facilitated the work of district executive leadership teams and school leadership teams and supports teams with conflict resolution and restorative conversations. Her professional experience in schools and districts includes positions as a teacher, an elementary school principal, and central office curriculum and staff development specialist. She is a past president of Learning Forward Colorado.

Lead Teaching & Learning Coach at Lakewood Montessori Middle School | + posts

Angela Batson is beginning her 19th year in education and her 4th year as a teaching and learning coach with Durham Public Schools. As a teacher, Angela taught 6th-8th grade English Language Arts and Social studies. In her role as a teaching and learning coach, she works to ensure high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-teaching, co-planning, and providing feedback to teachers. She works to build teacher capacity and their understanding of instructional practices, supports teachers in using data to improve instruction on all levels, provides targeted professional development, and develops coaching plans to ensure teacher and student growth. Batson is a believer that all students can learn and is very passionate about shifting mindsets in order to create equitable environments for all students.

Secondary Instructional Coach Facilitator at Katy ISD | + posts

Jackie Zimmerman coordinates and plans professional learning and ongoing support for the 92 secondary instructional coaches in Katy ISD. She supports coaches across twenty-seven campuses through one-on-one visits, phone calls and Zooms, small group learning, large group trainings, differentiated sessions, cohorts, interactive coaching portfolios, and online video reflections. During Learning Forward’s 2019 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Zimmerman co-presented a session, Tools for Creating a System of Personalized Learning. The session focused on creating a culture of continuous improvement for coaches of varying skills and experience levels that can be sustained over time, while personalizing learning. Zimmerman enjoys learning in community with instructional coaches and colleagues to meet the needs of students and teachers.

Instructional Coach, Math Steering Chair, and IC Math Focus Group Leader at Lansing School District | + posts

Malikah Gregory has a B.A. in Education/Mathematics from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Middle School Mathematics Education from Walden University. She has worked in education for 25 + years in Michigan and North Carolina, in both suburban and urban school districts. She has spent 15 years as a classroom teacher and about 10 years as a math interventionist and instructional coach. Currently, Gregory is an instructional coach, math steering chair, and the IC math focus group leader for Lansing School District in Lansing, Michigan.

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