Coaching Cycle and Skills

Coaching Cycle Process

1. Identify

  • Identify a need. Data guides the desire for changes to be made.
  • Set goal. All instructional coaching involves setting a goal.

2. Learn

  • Implement changes. Design an action plan with listed results.
  • Observe new behaviors. List observations, make revisions for what is/is not working.

3. Improve

  • Evaluate/Reflect.

Strategies for Implementation

  • Creation of learning and implementation strategies. Collaborate to set a goal and select applicable teaching strategy to ensure attainment.
  • Election of leaders who exhibit desired skills to facilitate.
  • Continually monitor progress.
  • Refine progress based on results.

Refocus organizational objectives to remove barriers

  • Promote open communication.
  • Provide consistent feedback in a timely manner.
  • Set measurable goals with realistic outcomes.
  • Provide precise and clear explanations.

Change agent skills needed for successful leadership

1. Trustworthy. Makes good on spoken promises.

2. Conflict Management Skills. Negotiation skills able to defuse high stress situations.

3. Communication. Open communicator and receptive to new ideas.

4. Leadership. Accountable takes ownership of does not skirt issues.

5. Competent. Shows discernment.


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