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21 11, 2022

Coaching Letter #173

2022-11-21T23:24:58+00:00November 21, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #173

Hello, I hope this finds you well and looking forward, if you are in the US, to getting some time off later this week. I always feel a huge amount of pressure to deliver a profound Thanksgiving message, which is silly really, because if I were my own coaching client I would ask myself about the egocentricity of that pressure… what makes me think that my Thanksgiving message is so material to others that I should stress about it? My
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9 11, 2022

Coaching Letter #172

2022-11-09T13:15:47+00:00November 9, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #172

Hello, I hope you’re well. Forgive me, but first of all a bit of advertising: We run several networks that you can read about here, and right now we are soliciting districts to join our Acceleration virtual CoP: 4 sessions, first one December 7, learn more here. We facilitate a Coaching Institute every September that regularly sells out; this year, encouraged by our friends in Torrington, we are hosting an additional summer institute, solely for school and district leaders, July
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27 10, 2022

Coaching Letter #171

2022-10-27T10:52:02+00:00October 27, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #171

Hello, I hope you are doing well. I’ve been thinking a lot about mindsets recently, so this Coaching Letter, and maybe the next one or two, are about that. In education it seems like the notion of mindset is dominated by the work of Carol Dweck, who is a psychologist at Stanford. And she indeed has done amazing work. She is best known for the concepts of fixed and growth mindset: a fixed mindset is the belief that your abilities
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3 10, 2022

Coaching Letter #170

2022-10-03T01:17:20+00:00October 3, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #170

Happy October! Long-term readers of the Coaching Letter will know that I try and write something about goals every year at around this time. Goal-setting is, I think, one of the most poorly understood constructs in education. So this Coaching Letter is a re-hash of several previous CLs, especially Coaching Letter #91. Goals are not an unmitigated good. There is an article in HBR that is about the danger of confusing metrics with strategy—that paying too much attention to the target
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27 09, 2022

Celebrating 20 years of professional development, camaraderie and personal growth

2022-09-28T17:21:28+00:00September 27, 2022|Partners Matter|Comments Off on Celebrating 20 years of professional development, camaraderie and personal growth

The Superintendents' Network, established in 2002 by Connecticut Center for School Change (now Partners for Educational Leadership), is celebrating 20 years of providing leadership guidance, support, mentoring, coaching, fellowship and extraordinary professional development opportunities for superintendents across Connecticut. Still going strongly, the Network continues to attract new superintendents while retaining experienced leaders. Though its focus has evolved to meet today’s educational challenges and current realities, its foundation and core mission remain steadfast and unchanged. Originally founded with support from the
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27 09, 2022

Accelerated Learning Framework, buffer and buffet

2022-09-27T16:07:18+00:00September 27, 2022|Partners Matter|Comments Off on Accelerated Learning Framework, buffer and buffet

One of our goals at Partners for Educational Leadership (PEL) is to provide districts with conceptual frameworks for strategizing and planning – educators who have been involved with us for any length of time will recognize that as one of our hallmarks. When schools were shut down in 2020 to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, we started thinking about how to support schools in planning instructional support for students who had missed several weeks of school – we
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27 09, 2022

Embracing our transformative roles

2022-09-27T15:53:38+00:00September 27, 2022|Partners Matter|Comments Off on Embracing our transformative roles

Kerry Lord believes you can’t ask people to do something and not give them the tools and the chance to do it – or do it well.  Serving as director of Programs for Partners for Educational Leadership (PEL), she works with district leaders to address systemic inequities, coaches and mentors school leaders, and facilitates communities of practice designed to support school leaders. Kerry has spent the past 28 years as a public educator, working in San Francisco first as a
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13 09, 2022

Coaching Letter #169

2022-09-13T18:39:51+00:00September 13, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #169

Hello, I hope this finds you well. Thank you for subscribing to The Coaching Letter. You rock. This is a great time of year to be in New England, my family is happier and healthier than we have been since the start of the pandemic and maybe even before, and I have fascinating work with terrific people, so my life is good. Thank you to everyone who responded to my last Coaching Letter—some of those emails were quite unexpected and
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12 09, 2022

Bringing a Coaching Stance To the Design of Your Meetings

2022-09-12T16:06:59+00:00September 12, 2022|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Bringing a Coaching Stance To the Design of Your Meetings

In an article published in the MIT Sloan Management Review, Steven Rogelberg, Cliff Scott, and John Kello analyzed how much time American workers spend in meetings and how valuable they find such meetings. According to their research, the average American worker spends six hours weekly in meetings. These same studies suggest that managers and senior managers spend far more, participating in as many as 23 hours of meetings per week.   There is limited research on how much time educators spend
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29 08, 2022

Coaching Letter #168

2022-08-29T11:02:11+00:00August 29, 2022|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #168

Good morning, I hope this finds you well. I know many of you just started the new school year, and many are just about to start. I know exactly that particular combination of anxiety, nervous energy, optimism and joy that accompanies the beginning of school. May all your best hopes transpire. I am writing this in the dining car of an Amtrak just south of Jacksonville, and the guy two booths down is singing along, loudly and stereotypically off-key, to
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