During my time in the Digital Education Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University, I have been able to focus on what it means to be a coach. This indicator specific calls on coaches to be able to encourage others to create a shared vision and goals. To me this all happens through the coaching relationship that is formed between the coach and those that they are working with.
I have been able to demonstrate my understanding of this indicator through some of the blog posts that I have written during this program. Many of them are centered around coaching relationships and the roles of a coach. One specific blog post, Learning to Navigate the Many Roles of a Peer Coach, shares about the many different roles that a coach has to play. Through this blog post though I came to understand that even though a coach plays many different roles the thing that matters the most and has the biggest impact is the relationship that is built. “If I continue to build relationships with my coaching partners then the movement between roles will come naturally as it will be built around our shared vision and the community we have created” (Heineman, 2020). When relationships are formed then coaches are able to work with educators and leaders toward shared goals and vision. I have been able to use my relationships with those that I work with in order to have conversations around shared goals. I have been working with the other STEM Facilitators and my supervisor in order to establish shared goals this year as a team which has led to other conversations around how to evaluate if we are meeting our goals and what to do when we don’t. I have also established standing bi-weekly meetings with a building principal in order to talk about their building’s vision for learning and goals for the school community and how I as a facilitator can support them. These meetings and conversations have led to additional meetings and conversations around equity and access specifically when it comes to how students are enrolled in particular programs at their school.
Another blog post that demonstrates evidence of this indicator is, Connecting 21st Century Learning and Effective Learning Practices. This blog post showcases the need for coaches to intentionally and explicitly build opportunities for educators to create goals for learning. Meaning as a coach how am I encouraging educators to think about their goals and how they connect to the learning experiences that students are having in the classroom. Making sure that coaches and educators are on the same page when it comes to goals and vision is important and therefore starting with norms can help. I have been using this idea of norms to start the department head meetings that I lead. We always begin with our shared norms for the group and then the goals for the meeting. This allows all of us to start on the same page in order to have conversations around learning and teaching practices that align to our vision and outcomes for students. This has helped the meetings to run more smoothly and for discussion and conversation to be focused on the shared goals.
Continuing to develop a supportive coaching relationship is important to me. I am continuing to participate in book studies specific to coaching and plan on continuing to attend the BEST Mentor Roundtable meetings that are held monthly in my district. I am also committed to continuing to work with others in order to encourage and support the use of shared vision and goals across classrooms, school buildings, and the district.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches