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Twitter Education Chat Summary

Friday, April 20, 2018

On April 19, 2018, Manitoba ASCD hosted it's first ever Twitter education chat.  The topic was improving teacher instructional practice.  Check out the link below for a summary of what was said:

MB ASCD Twitter Chat

ASCD Tweet


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Jim Knight on...Seven Success Factors for Instructional Coaching Programs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This article was previously published by Jim Knight in the March 2015 edition of Principal Leadership

Teach to Win

Over the past decade, my colleagues and I at the Instructional Coaching Group and the Kansas Coaching Group at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning have collaborated with more than 20,000 instructional coaches from all continents except Antarctica. We've learned from our partnerships and research studies that instructional coaches will have a socially significant impact on how teachers teach and students learn when their coaching programs are built around seven success factors. We have also learned that coaches will struggle to have a positive impact on teachers and students when their coaching programs fail to address even one of the success factors. In order to have an impact, coaches in successful instructional coaching programs should:

  1. Understand the complexities of working with adults
  2. Use an effective coaching cycle
  3. Know effective teaching practices
  4. Gather data
  5. Employ effective communication strategies
  6. Be effective leaders
  7. Be supported by their schools and districts

Interested? Click on the link below to access the rest of the article.

Teach to Win

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Jim Knight on...The Instructional Coaching Cycle

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This article was previously published by Jim Knight on

Instructional Coaching Cycle

“Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance.” — Atul Gawande (2011)

Atul Gawande’s comment is often used to justify coaching. What people overlook in his comment, however, are the words “done well.” Coaching “done well” can and should dramatically improve human performance. However, coaching done poorly can be, and often is, ineffective, wasteful, and sometimes even destructive.

What, then, is coaching done well? For the past five years, researchers at the Kansas Coaching Project at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and at the Instructional Coaching Group in Lawrence, Kansas, have been trying to answer that question by studying what coaches do. The result of that research is an instructional coaching cycle that fosters the kind of improvement Gawande describes.

Interested? Click on the link below to access the rest of the article.

Instructional Coaching Cycle


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Nadine's notes on...Spirals of Inquiry for Equity & Quality ~ Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert ~

Sunday, February 11, 2018

 Workshop notes graciously provided by Nadine Trumbley, MB ASCD Professional Learning Committee member

Summary – Take-Aways – Learnings

  • 3 Key Goals of BC’s Network of Inquiry and Innovation – p. 18 Playbook
  • HARD Goals – Heartfelt, Animated, Required, Difficult - framing goals in terms of moral purpose

  • SMART Goals – hard to be “in love” with SMART goals

  • Teachers need to be curious too - Build curiosity – Smile, Talk in an encouraging manner, Demonstrate curiosity by sharing your own interests & passions

  • How can we use the pull of curiosity as well as the push of policy? Be comfortable with uncertainty, more familiar with the power of story, and more connected with each other and with a sense of place

  • 7 Principles of Learning – p. 13 Playbook *Technology is not listed as a Principle – it’s an enhancement and accelerator of learning – not in place of Teaching Effectiveness

  • Growth mindset – teach growth mindset 1st to the community – teach it directly

  • Grading practices – can be very fixed so they need to align with growth mindset

  • Helen Timperley – inquiry is not an initiative - it’s a way of being – a metacognitive process

  • First Peoples Principles of Learning – p. 15 in Spiral Playbook – Land, Family, Learners

  • Key Questions – What are you learning and why is this important? How is it going? What’s your next step? Can you name 2 adults in this learning setting who believe you will be a success in life?” *discuss what success in life looks like before asking students

  • Other Questions – What have you learned from another student? What did you learn that will affect you for life?

  • Learning involves patience & time (must slow down to speed up), requires exploration of one’s identity, involves recognizing the consequences, involves generational roles and responsibilities

  • Phases in the Spiral of Inquiry

  • Scanning - doesn’t mean avoiding data sets/scores, its just not all about quantitative data

  • Focusing - don’t have to focus on something that is a problem, but you can take a strength/ emerging strength and focus on that (eg. student story-telling – opportunities & strategies to get better)

  • Developing a Hunch - bring your intuition to the table

  • Engaging in a new professional learning

  • Taking new professional action

  • Checking that you’ve made a big enough difference

Extra Take-Aways

  • Indigenous Perspectives – learn TRUTH then RECONCILIATION (rep from Laura Secord School spoke to group about Indigenous learning in their school)

  • Learning Maps (video of teacher)

  • Do field studies, not field trips 

  • Learning Partners – everyone who helps student succeed

  • Consider one thing you will stop doing

  • How about students assigning the teacher something to learn?

  • Create a simple school mission statement that the whole school community knows and is driven by

  • Be intentional in the use of the Spiral of Inquiry – if you change outcomes for learners in your setting, the more coherent and innovative the whole system will become


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