Coaching Series 3

COMMUNICATING – CONNECTING – RELATING

Coaching Series 3 takes a closer look at the importance of positive communication patterns and building collaborative relationships. The manner in which adults interact impacts students achievement is a central theme to this series. The series consists of four modules focusing on climate and culture, collaboration, professional conversations, and reaching consensus.

 

The IL MTSS-N is a project of the Illinois State Board of Education, with funding from the State Personnel Development Grant. Due to federal funding requirements and to provide feedback for internal development, please complete the pre-post test at the bottom of this page after viewing all of the following modules.

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INTRODUCTORY MODULE

Coaching in an MTSS Framework: Communicating-Connecting-Relating provides a brief overview of the series' modules; the most effective way to use/view the modules; and how to access and use handouts.

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MODULE 1: CLIMATE AND CULTURE

The words climate and culture are so frequently used together that often people consider them synonymous. This module explores the differences between climate and culture and why this difference is significant as districts implement a systemic coaching model. Also, content will focus on why both are important for positively impacting student outcomes, and how positive climate and culture expands the capacity for success. Learners will be provided a variety of interactive strategies throughout this module to support skill development and to reinforce coaching ability.

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MODULE 2: PARTNERSHIP COMMUNICATION

Coaching is a collaborative relationship. As in any relationship where collaboration is the expectation, it is about how each person in the pair is connecting with the other person. How are they able to establish and build rapport and trust? How do they communicate? How do the partners relate to one another? Module 2 in this series focuses on the essential areas of effective communication and how developing these skills support coaching endeavors. Learners will be able to identify five areas of partnership communication and at least one strategy for each of the five areas.

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MODULE 3: DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION

Developing a staff's capacity for professional conversation is not easy, but it can represent one of the single most significant investments that faculties can make for student learning. Module 3 of this series explores the nuances of professional talk and makes a clear distinction between two ways of talking: dialogue & discussion. Learners will be able to identify the purpose of dialogue and discussion and select the appropriate use of each.

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MODULE 4: COMING TO CONSENSUS

Collaboration and conflict are two sides of the same coin. When we ask individuals to work collaboratively, conflict will inevitably arise. Effective teams understand

the necessity of problem-solving and using a conflict-resolution process. The final module of this series explores consensus building and answers the questions:

  • Why should we be concerned with consensus?

  • What are some strategies that support consensus?

  • What does a successful consensus look like? Learners will be able to identify the benefits of a group coming to consensus, identify at least three strategies to support coming to consensus, and identify characteristics of a successful consensus.

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The IL MTSS-N is a project of the Illinois State Board of Education, with funding from the State Personnel Development Grant. Due to federal funding requirements and to provide feedback for internal development, we kindly request you complete this short pre-post survey after viewing each series.

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