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The Coaching Letter is written by Center staff member Isobel Stevenson, who has extensive experience as both a leader and a coach.  The Coaching Letter’s perspective is that leaders could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like coaches, and coaches could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like leaders.  Isobel draws on research and theory in organizational development, cognitive psychology, and behavioral economics, as well as her own experience, to suggest to leaders and coaches ways to think about their work that push them a little bit beyond their current mental models.  The Coaching Letter is rich, thoughtful, personal, and funny.

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Coaching Letter #145

Hi, I hope you’re doing well. A number of Coaching Letter readers live outside the US, but here in the USA it’s Memorial Day, when we remember those who have died in service to the Nation. Amen. And I know how this makes me sound, but I’m really glad it’s been a cold and wet weekend, because now I feel no obligation to host something or go somewhere—even the gym’s closed, so I feel no obligation to go […]

May 31st, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #144

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who celebrate it. It’s an odd holiday; as I learned from Wikepedia this morning, the woman who campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a national holiday, Anna Jarvis, was later appalled at how commercial it became, and campaigned to have it de-recognized. Plus it’s complicated for other reasons; I have several good friends who recently lost their mothers (I feel you, and I am sorry), plus there are […]

May 10th, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #143

Hello, I hope this finds you well. This Coaching Letter is about Acceleration, with a capital A, which has taken on much greater significance since we (the Center) started advocating that districts adopt a particular approach to schooling that encompassed prioritized content, challenging and scaffolded tasks, formative assessment, and self-efficacy. This Coaching Letter is both an update on our work and an extension of CL #140 on Acceleration from a month ago.

The Accelerating Learning Framework […]

April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #142

Hi, I hope you’re doing well. Richard and I had an article published in the Kappan this month and Josh Starr took that opportunity to advertise the Coaching Letter; and I also had an article published in ASCD Express; and I think many of you took the suggestion in the last Coaching Letter to pass on the link to sign up. Thank you! As a result, there are many new readers of the Coaching […]

April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #141

Hello, I hope this finds you well. It is cold, dull and rainy where I am. I don’t know why I write about the weather so much; I guess it’s because where I come from, the weather is an endless source of fascination. When I call my dad, I can rely on giving and receiving a weather report. Anyway, the weather today seems relevant—be warned that this is a heavier Coaching Letter than most.

Over twenty years ago now, […]

March 29th, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #140

We are three fourths of the way through the second Acceleration Workshop; Session 3, for which there were around 450 people registered, was on Tuesday. Our work on Acceleration has certainly garnered a lot of attention—in the last couple of weeks, we have been asked to present to several different groups, including superintendents, professional organizations, and state departments of education. So I’m sure there will be more to say in the coming weeks. And the Acceleration […]

March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #139

Friends, I hope this finds you well. I am working to get ready for two workshops in March—Acceleration and Coaching for Equity—so I wanted to publish a Coaching Letter before March starts, because I’m not sure I will have time to write much during the next few weeks. I am both excited and daunted—hundreds of people are signed up for the Acceleration Workshop, which is an audience we would never have if it wasn’t for Zoom. […]

March 1st, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #138

Hello, I hope you’re having a quiet, restful weekend. The view out my window is great right now: snow on the ground and along the branches, low winter sun, very Breughel. This Coaching Letter is ostensibly about the projects that I’m working on at the moment—because they are large and overwhelming and I can’t think about much else—but also about what they have in common, so it’s also about strategy, “an informed and intentional set of […]

February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #137

Hello, I hope you’re doing well. This Coaching Letter is about my day today. But it’s not a diary entry—honest. There are big ideas, including strategy, meaning-making, mental models, and even metaphysics. But it will probably be Thursday by the time you read it…
 
I started writing this Coaching Letter while watching Dr. Miguel Cardona being questioned by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. It is a strange and inspiring experience to […]

February 4th, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #136

Friends, I hope this finds you well. I learned this week that my dad has an appointment for his first Covid vaccination, so I’m very happy and relieved about that. Everything else pales in comparison, actually.
Appropriately, then, this Coaching Letter is a follow up to the resources from last week on taking care of self and others, since the resources I included elicited so much comment that I was sorry I hadn’t done a better job of going […]

January 25th, 2021|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

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