The coaching institute has provided me with the opportunity to reflect on how I have worked with teachers in professional development, evaluations, and even day-to-day interactions. One of the great things I have learned is that in the coaching role, as opposed to the administrative/evaluator role, there is no preconceived answer or solution. The coach is a support and an equal partner in the learning that will occur between the two professionals. While there are times that the administrator is needed, I think leaders should emphasize the coaching aspect more often.
My current position involves looking at all of our data and making it meaningful to those who need it. There are a lot of spreadsheets, equations, and bar graphs. Luckily, I like exploring Excel.
One of the things discussed today in the workshop were the critical shifts that needs to happen within an organization in order to make the role of a data coach more effective and successful. They are as follows:
- Individual accountability needs to shift to collective responsibility
- Optional data discussions need to become essential parts of teaching and learning
- Placing blame needs to shift to inquiries in examining potential solutions
- Teaching in isolation NEEDS to shift to collaborating with colleagues
- Adults need to focus less on the teaching and more on the learning