Coaching Letter #126

Hello, I hope the weather is good wherever you are, and that you are getting some time to rest and recover after what was, for almost all of you, a very tiring week. But I’m also aware that a sizeable number of readers of the Coaching Letter are on the West Coast, and badly [...]

2020-09-14T09:04:10+00:00September 14th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #125

Hi, I hope this finds you well. This Coaching Letter is mostly a follow-up to Coaching Letter #122, about encouragement. But first I get to promote my own book! The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders, by Isobel Stevenson and Jennie Weiner, is now available for pre-order; Routledge has a back-to-school sale on at the [...]

2020-08-24T15:32:29+00:00August 24th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #124

Hello, I hope you’re well. The weather here in Connecticut has been glorious the last couple of days—I was going to say it was very far from the dog days of summer, thinking that that phrase meant something about ridiculous heat. But I looked it up and it turns out it has to do [...]

2020-08-19T08:16:19+00:00August 19th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #123

Hello, I hope you are well, and I hope you have power and internet. Last week was challenging, because Isaias was deceptive—it didn’t seem like a big storm, so I wasn’t really prepared to be without internet for several days. To be fair, I’m not sure what more I could have done to prepare [...]

2020-08-10T16:36:21+00:00August 10th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #122

It’s been a grueling few months, hasn’t it? I hope you are doing OK. Many of the people reading this Coaching Letter have really had no break at all since we shuttered the schools in March. And now we have to gear up for whatever happens next, and that too will be a ton [...]

2020-07-30T10:34:00+00:00July 30th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #121

Hello, I hope you’re well. This Coaching Letter is about planning for the fall the right way—by paying attention to the research and by not getting trapped in a deficit mindset. As part of my principal preparation program—I mean, the one I took as a student myself—I had to take two courses in the [...]

2020-07-13T07:30:12+00:00July 13th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #120

Hi there. I hope you're doing well. I don't know if the end of the school year has provided you any respite or not--I know things are still very busy. I hope you do get to breathe a bt. Here in Connecticut it's been ridiculously hot and muggy, and I am grateful that we [...]

2020-06-29T07:44:19+00:00June 29th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #119

Friends, I had a Coaching Letter almost ready to go on Tuesday night. I can’t remember why I decided to send it on Wednesday morning instead, but on Wednesday morning it was nowhere to be found. Apparently I wrote the whole thing without saving? Stupid mistake. I was too annoyed and frustrated to try [...]

2020-06-15T08:59:14+00:00June 15th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #118

Friends, I hope this finds you well. My colleague Kerry Lord ran a Zoom session on wellness for 300 people today which expanded my thinking about what we mean by wellness—that it is not just about our emotional and physical health—we should also be talking about intellectual and social wellness. That all seems exactly [...]

2020-06-04T08:48:28+00:00June 4th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #117

Despite the fact that I have a book manuscript due on June 1, and a module for the Center’s re-opening school workshop to design, and other district projects I’m working on, I have found myself having to fight the urge to work on an article for the Kappan’s April 2021 issue: “Research, meet practice.” [...]

2020-05-27T08:30:30+00:00May 27th, 2020|Stevenson Coaching Letter|