Making the move to an instructional coaching position is very exciting!
You get the opportunity to work with so many different teachers and classrooms, and be part of big picture conversations around teaching and learning to support professional growth in your community.
But… it’s a role that has a steep learning curve.
You’re expected to:
lead without being a formal leader;
see the big picture, often without having all the puzzle pieces;
inspire your colleagues without having a class of your own; and
be the connection between teachers and leaders, without really being part of either team.
In international schools, this can be even more challenging because of frequent staff turnover and lack of clarity and consistency in vision.
Being a coach can feel like you’re in the “messy middle” because you’re no longer in the classroom with really clearly defined expectations, but you’re also not a school leader, with clearly defined authority.
You are learning and building new leadership skills that stem from your expertise as a classroom teacher, and can definitely be the bridge to a leadership position, but you’re in a gray area as a coach.
It’s not always easy to make this transition, and there are some key strategies you can apply to feel confident, calm and capable - even in your first year as an instructional coach!
I'm the founder and CEO of Eduro Learning, host of the #coachbetter podcast & creator of Women Who Lead, The Coach and The Certificate of Educational Technology & Information Literacy (COETAIL).
After 15+ years coaching in international schools, followed by 5 years working 1:1 with educators in schools on every continent (except Antarctica) inside The Coach Certificate and Mentorship Program, I know that the transition from the classroom to a coaching role can be overwhelming. The number 1 question I get asked is "how do I get started?"
That's why I'm excited to share this workshop with you today. I'm sharing my top tips from 20 years of experience, plus all the amazing stories from our guests on the #coachbetter podcast, and the experiences of our clients inside The Coach so you can jump straight to success in your coaching practice!
There will be lots of opportunities to connect and interact following the workshop to get additional support, as you need it.