Differentiated Coaching deepens the toolkit of coaches, whether their initial training was in cognitive coaching, content-focused coaching or other models by providing a strengths-based framework through which they tailor their delivery of coaching services. The practices echo what we expect teachers to do for each student: adjust instruction so that all students learn.
The Differentiated Coaching Model (which came out of my doctoral research on improving instructional coaching in particular) incorporates four key polarities, or interdependent sets of values, to ensure that teachers move from complying with new practices to expertise that maximizes student learning. These polarities help coaches leverage:
- Teacher strengths and beliefs AND School vision and best practices
- Problems the teacher wishes to solve AND School initiatives
- Needs of the teacher during change AND Coach strengths, resources and tools
- Evidence to influence teacher beliefs/motivations AND Evidence of student learning
The framework of Jungian, or psychological, type helps coaches to adjust their style to meet the needs of the teacher who is engaged in the hard work of changing classroom practices.
“Dr. Kise worked closely with the conference organizers, making sure the main points and format of her presentation aligned closely with the goals of the conference. Her presentation captured and held the interest of the audience during the two-day presentation. Comments taken from the evaluation forms include:
- ‘I was pleasantly surprised at the validity of the information presented and how much it applied to my everyday life. I am looking forward to reading through both books to assist in my teaching, coaching, and supervision of paraprofessional staff.’
- ‘This presenter was wonderful! She has the right mix of knowledge, real-life examples, and activities to help really begin to understand this complex concept. This information is so very valuable for my role as coach. I will approach others with a whole new appreciation for their differences, talents, and approaches to education!’
I highly recommend Dr. Kise as a presenter. Her intelligence, knowledge base, professionalism, and personality make her an ideal facilitator.” —Nancy Neusbaum, Curriculum Specialist, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Pennsylvania
As with many skills-based services, the most straightforward way to talk about price is with that hated phrase, “it depends.”
For instructional coaching, it depends on the extent to which I tailor consulting or professional development, the number of coaches or teachers involved, and the cost of books, assessment tools or other resources.
The bottom line, though, is meeting your needs. Let’s talk to discern the kind of engagement that will match your goals, make the most of available resources, and foster impactful learning for sustainable change.
Meaningful change is most likely to occur when coaches take into consideration the differences in teachers’ beliefs, cognitive processing styles, needs during change, and personalities. Workshop participants will learn to access the framework of personality type, popularized through the MBTI, to understand teacher strengths, beliefs that can block change, how to “translate” information and communication to meet teacher needs, adopt different coaching roles to fit a teacher’s learning style, and relate instructional strategies and other initiatives to staff interests or concerns.
Creating a Coaching Culture for Professional Learning Communities
Professional learning communities (PLC) are meant to be teams that provide professional development to educators so that they can help all students reach mastery. In truth, not all groups of educators become teams where this can happen. Learn how to use one common framework, personality type, as a coaching framework that your PLC can use to improve communication, collaboration, and peer coaching in your PLCs.
Strengthening your toolkit for long-term success
By becoming a certified Jungian Type Practitioner trained to use the Type Coach report, you will strengthen your toolkit to sustain and scale the work we will start together. I have seen the best results from teams that have at least one leader with this certification.
To make this as easy as possible, I’ve partnered with Type Pro, an online, interactive learning experience that includes personal tutoring. They have tailored their certification to school leaders and instructional coaches and will offer it at a discount. I will be the primary instructor.
Books about instructional coaching
Change is hard work, even when we are convinced it’s worth the effort. Teachers are expected to change without clear explanations or evidence of how the changes will benefit them or their students. Meaningful change is most likely to occur when teachers’ beliefs, feelings, and personality are taken into consideration. Differentiated Coaching applies the latest research and theory of personality type, multiple intelligences, experiential learning models, and mind styles models to create a differentiated approach for staff development.
Creating a Coaching Culture for Professional Learning Communities “Learning by doing” is a great slogan for PLCs–and this book helps teachers learn to collaborate as they focus on meeting student needs. You’ll find exercises for examining student work, creating assessments, observing each other’s classrooms, and listening to each other’s ideas to understand differences in how adults and children learn.