There's a lot of conversation about how to make schools better.
Unfortunately, the nature of those conversations often makes things
worse. Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at
a Time maps out a way to change that. By taking a teacher-centered,
no-fault, strengths-based approach to performance improvement, the
Evocative Coaching model generates the motivation and movement that
enables teachers and schools to achieve desired outcomes and
enhance quality of life. Viewed as a dynamic dance, the model is
choreographed in four steps Story, Empathy, Inquiry, Design which
are each laid out in its own chapter with powerful illustrative
materials and end-of-chapter discussion questions to prompt further
reflection. Bringing together the best research and wisdom in
educational leadership and professional coaching, authors Bob and
Megan Tschannen-Moran have developed a simple yet profound way of
facilitating new conversations in schools through Story Listening,
Expressing Empathy, Appreciative Inquiry, and Design Thinking. It's
an iterative process that moves beyond old ways of thinking, doing,
and being. It's an inspirational process that reinvigorates the
passion for making schools better, one conversation at a time. This
happens when coaches: give teachers our full, undivided attention;
accept and meet teachers where they are right now, without making
them wrong; ask and trust teachers to take charge of their own
learning and growth; make sure teachers are talking more than we
are; enable teachers to appreciate the positive value of their own
experiences; harness the strengths teachers have to meet challenges
and overcome obstacles; reframe difficulties and challenges as
opportunities to learn and grow; invite teachers to discover
possibilities and find answers for themselves; dialogue with
teachers regarding their higher purpose for teaching; uncover
teachers' natural impulse to engage with colleagues and students;
assist teachers to draw up a personal blueprint for professional
mastery; support teachers in brainstorming and trying new ways of
doing things; maintain an upbeat, energetic, and positive attitude
at all times; collaborate with teachers to design and conduct
appropriate learning experiments; enable teachers to build
supportive environments and teams; use humor to lighten the load;
and inspire and challenge teachers to go beyond what they would do
alone. Each chapter provides a research-based theory to support the
strategies presented, and includes specific suggestions and
anecdotes. The Evocative Coaching model makes coaching enjoyable by
getting people to focus on what they do best, and it invites
larger, more integral conversations so that people talk about their
work in the context of other things they care about. Resting on
strong, evidence-based practices, the Evocative Coaching model
offers educators the help they need to meet the challenges of
increased accountability and expectations. This model can also be
used effectively by coaches and leaders in other organizational
contexts. Table of Contents: Chapter 1: What Is Evocative Coaching?
Chapter 2: Coaching Presence Loop I: The No-Fault Turn Chapter 3:
Story Listening Chapter 4: Expressing Empathy Loop II: The
Strengths-Building Turn Chapter 5: Appreciative Inquiry Chapter 6:
Design Thinking Chapter 7: Aligning Environments Chapter 8:
Coaching Conversations Chapter 9: The Reflective Coach To learn
more about Evocative Coaching and to sign up for the Evocative
Coach Training Program, visit www.SchoolTransformation.com .
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