Peer Coach as Change Agent

What does it mean to be a peer coach? What does the ISTE Coaching Standard 1 mean by Change Agent? How does a peer coach embody these desired standards and traits? How can coaches navigate difficult conversations during a tumultuous time?

ISTE Coaching Standard 1 and its elements is listed in the image below. Based on the description and the elements, a change agent is an educator who embodies the innovative processes and invites colleagues to join in the process to achieve high-quality learning thinking processes.

That’s great! So, how exactly do you do this day to day? What does this look like in action?

Have a clear purpose.
What is the purpose in coaching? How will you coach? Why? What will your daily interactions look like? As a coach, having a clear personal directive will help guide the focus and intentionality of small interactions and conversations that can build a strong foundation for future conversations.

Be open and transparent.
While this is personally terrifying, being open and transparent as an example and also in interactions is important. Being honest about improving one’s own teaching practices, incorporating technology, and seeking to improve can help other staff be willing to explore and improve themselves.

Willing to have difficult conversations.
What does learning look like? How do students demonstrate proficiency? How do teachers assess proficiency? How can teachers engage in difficult conversations around learning? To help myself improve, this webinar hosted by Jennifer Abrams and the articles she has written are a valuable resource in how to engage and navigate hard conversations.

Resources & References

“Design for Resilience Framework for the Future of Schools” Podcast with Greg Bamford and Tara Curry-Jahn & Jeff Utrect Reimagine Wa Ed

Foltos, L. (2013). Peer Coaching : Unlocking the Power of Collaboration. Corwin.

Foltos, L. (2018). Coaching Roles. Peer-Ed, Mill Creek 

ISTE Standards for Coaches | ISTE. (n.d.). Retrieved October 2, 2020, from https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches

Webinar with Jennifer Abrams “Having Hard Conversations” with Shifting Schools. 21 Sep webinar. Viewed 24 & 27 Aug 2020.

4 Comments

  1. You ask a lot of great questions! I agree that every coach should have a clear purpose, like a personal mission statement. Having a clear purpose would help keep their work grounded in what is important and prioritize different responsibilities. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Les Foltos

    I really recognized the element of personal terror in being open and transparent. And I am certain that almost every coach finds their learning partner shares those emtions. I look forward to learning the kind of coping strategies you learn about and use as you grow as a coach.

  3. Doug

    Yes, change agent, definitely! I think that is one of the main things to aspire to as a coach. It definitely requires a clear focus, trust, transparency, and the ability to navigate difficult conversations. Appreciate how succinctly you break this down, Jess. Thanks for sharing!

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