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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 #59

Friends, I know this is a momentous day.  Most of you are involved in some kind of professional learning today, and you still have to find the time to vote, and the weather is miserable.  And I am sure I am not alone in having more on my plate than I can handle gracefully.  So if you have a quiet moment, or can make one, I thought you might like the attached quotations drawn from […]

November 6th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Reading for Leading: Thinking in Bets

Hello!  This your gentle reminder that the discussion online of Annie Duke’s Thinking in Bets opens in two weeks.  Please read the book by then!  I’m sending this email to the entire Coaching Letter list, as a lot of people have been added since we started advertising the book club, and a lot of people have read the book but didn’t sign up for the reminders.  Not too late to read it!  Then join the Google+community and […]

October 30th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #58

Good morning!  Last week was exceptionally busy, so I’m trying to catch up with my life.  Lots going on, all good, and I’d like to get back to the lovely fall weather.

Fundamental to coaching is the idea that the coach exists in service of the client; that the coach has to figure out ways in which to be helpful, to support, and to tend to the needs of the client—and that all that happens in a manner that […]

October 29th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #57

Good morning, I hope you are having a good week.  I’m writing this between days one and two of the Center’s annual Equity Institute, which is fabulous and a total emotional overload.  Yesterday morning we spent time in the galleries at the Wadsworth, where we hold the institute in partnership with the Amistad Center.  Last night we watched I Am Shakespeare, Henry Green’s story, told on film by Henry, a New Haven man who […]

October 16th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #56

Good evening, I hope you are doing well.  I love fall, it’s my favorite season, so it makes me happy to see the leaves starting to change color and know that we are in for a visual treat over the next few weeks.

Thank you for the feedback on the Coaching Letter I sent out last week about Portrait of the Graduate.  It is clear that the self-assessment that I attached has legs. Someone I […]

October 9th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #55

Good evening, I hope you’re well.  There’s a terrific storm right over my house as I write this, and the rain is bucketing down.

This Coaching Letter is about the Portrait of the Graduate work that I’ve been involved in under CAPSS’ leadership.  The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports many education projects in the Northeast, including this one.  The grant allows CAPSS to work with participating districts to support them in developing a Portrait of […]

October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #54

Hi, I hope this finds you well.  I have had a terrific few days, with the participants at the CAPSS/UCONN Women in District Office series, and the Center’s Coaching Institute.  Regarding the former, we’re starting a mailing list for current and aspiring district leaders.  We will add the names of everyone who came on Friday, and if you weren’t there but would like to be added, please click here and include your name in the body of […]

September 27th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #53

A couple of years ago, I was sitting in a high school principal’s office, and she was bemoaning the state of instruction in her school.  “The problem,” she said, “is that teachers don’t plan.”  First decision point: I did not ask her to clarify how she knew that that was the problem.  “So I’m going to start telling them to turn in their lesson plans.”  Second decision point: I chose to engage this time, and asked […]

September 18th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #52

Hello!  Thanks for all the messages about learning goals as they can be leveraged in organizations.  I have enjoyed the exchanges and I’m glad so many people found the ideas useful.

Sometime last spring I decided that we should have a summer book club, and I chose Humble Inquiry, by Ed Schein.  I had all kinds of big plans.  Then before I knew it, the end of the semester was upon me, I had no real plan for how […]

September 12th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #51

Hi, I hope you’re doing well and that school is off to a good start for you.  I know that where I am the weather has been ridiculous, and we can only hope that the worst is over.  We drove through a spectacular rainstorm this evening, and had to move a tree limb from the road to get home.  That’s a first.

Interestingly, but nothing to do with thunderstorms, I’ve had lots of conversations lately about Coaching Letter #21.  […]

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Stevenson Coaching Letter|

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