At the Center, we see coaching as a core skill for anyone who has responsibility for the professional development of educators—in other words, for leaders as well as coaches. We have a coaching model that focuses on:

  • Listening and asking questions that prompt thinking, problem-solving, and reflection;
  • Helping teachers and leaders think through problems of practice and develop strategy;
  • Providing feedback appropriate to the developmental stage of the client;
  • Challenging assumptions and opening up possibilities;
  • Gathering data and distilling lessons learned.

At the same time, we do not see coaching as a narrowly defined, highly prescribed activity, and we encourage the use of coaching conversations outside formal coaching relationships.To that end, we offer the following coaching-related services:

  • Individual coaching for district and building leaders provided by Center staff;
  • A three-day coach-training and development course, working with a tested and successful coaching model that focuses on the fundamental skills of coaching, listening, questioning, feedback, collaboration, and problem solving;
  • Support for districts that wish to incorporate coaching into their strategic plan, to help them think through how coaching will support capacity-building, will be implemented, and will be measured.

In addition, we publish articles, papers, and case studies on coaching, including the Coaching Letter, a regular email subscription service. Email if you’d like to sign up.

I am not sure I can accurately express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for my executive coach from CCSC. As a first year principal my coach was an invaluable resource for me and I would absolutely recommend every new principal taking advantage of having a coach.  She helped me with everything from daily school management issues to strategic planning for school improvement. While my coach supported me with many technical and adaptive issues that every first year principal is bound to face, it was her warm and reassuring style which meant the world to me.  She has been a critical thought partner for me this year and a coach who listened, guided and supported me through my first year as a school principal.

Michelle Zawawi, Rockville High School Principal, CAS 2018 HS Principal of the Year

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