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Teacher-Based Coaching


According to The National Education Association (NEA) website, "The National Education Association believes that the education profession consists of one education workforce serving the needs of all students and that the term ‘educator’ includes education support professionals" (NEA, 2014, p. 431). Hence, in the name of integrity, the NEA strongly admonishes all administrators, instructors, paraprofessionals, and support staff to adhere to its stringent code of ethics.

Professional Conduct at Large

"4) I will, at all times, strive to recognize personal issues that may impair, conflict or interfere with my coaching performance or my professional coaching relationships. Whenever the facts and circumstances necessitate, I will promptly seek professional assistance and determine the action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate my coaching relationship(s)" (ICF, 2008)

It is imperative that all professionals maintain a sense of balance by establishing clear boundaries that separate their personal and professional lives. At no point should the lines cross whereby personal situations and circumstances interfere with the professional duties, roles, or responsibilities of the teacher coach.

Professional Conduct with Clients

Moral conduct is a must in any profession. Intimacy may cloud one's judgment, decision-making and give the appearance of preferential treatment. Teachers, instructors, and facilitators must honor such a moral compass; otherwise, there are professional and legal ramifications. Hence, ICF coaches pledge to "not become sexually intimate with any of my current clients or sponsors" (ICF, 2008, Professional Conduct with Clients, no. 18).


DuBrin (2005) states "Establishing trust by being trustworthy is an important part of being an effective coach or mentor" (p. 7). That is, a successful mentor/mentee relationship is built upon trust. Additionally, such a trusting relationship is built upon honesty, integrity, credibility, and by trusting each other (DuBrin, 2005). Educators and coaches are privy to, have access to, and handle information of all kinds. Each must manage such information with confidentiality and honor others' privacy. Accordingly, the ICF declares, I will maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client and sponsor information. I will have a clear agreement or contract before releasing information to another person, unless required by law" (ICF, 2008, Confidentiality/Privacy, no. 22).


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Yvonne Holland

EDL/531 Coaching and Mentoring

Monday, February 17, 2014

Dr. Antoinette Gravely, Instructor

Conflicts of Interest

"I will seek to avoid conflicts of interest and potential conflicts of interest and openly disclose any such conflicts. I will offer to remove myself when such a conflict arises" (ICF, 2008, Conflicts of Interest, no. 9). It takes a very strong individual to admit to being overwhelmed or that he has encountered a task that is far beyond his scope and or ability to manage. A good, strong, responsible teacher coach will not hesitate to seek assistance, especially when know that doing so is in the best interest of the mentee.