The Coaching Letter2023-03-17T11:54:04+00:00

The Coaching Letter

The Coaching Letter is written by Partners’ staff member Isobel Stevenson, who has extensive experience as both a leader and a coach. The Coaching Letter’s perspective is that leaders could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like coaches, and coaches could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like leaders.

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602, 2024

Coaching Letter #193

February 6, 2024|

February 2, 2024 The theory of action description and strategy framework from Systems for Instructional Improvement   On strategy, equity, and reducing variation Hello, I hope you are well. Thank you for subscribing to the Coaching Letter, I am so glad you do. I get emails from Substack every time someone subscribes, and there has been a spate of folks subscribing from all over the globe lately—welcome! I would love to know how you came to find me—please drop me
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1701, 2024

Coaching Letter #192

January 17, 2024|

January 17, 2024   On redefining what we mean by instructional leadership Friends, I hope this finds you well. Here in Connecticut it has been really cold and icy, with school in most places canceled yesterday and delayed today. And Monday was a holiday in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. So it has been a strange week—I had to think about what day it is. I had planned to write a Coaching Letter to celebrate MLK Day,
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801, 2024

Coaching Letter #191

January 8, 2024|

January 5, 2024 On why you should read Systems for Instructional Improvement Happy New Year! I’m writing this from my dad’s place in Edinburgh, where at this time of year the sun doesn’t rise until 8:45 and it starts getting dark around 3:30. New Year is a big deal in Scotland, a great time to be here. I particularly love running along the canal and back through the city, and going to the National Galleries, where a bequest of Turner watercolors
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2612, 2023

Coaching Letter #190

December 26, 2023|

December 22, 2023 Me, Nikki, and Elena. Sorry, I don’t know who took the picture. On standard work and recipe testing Hi, how are you? I hope you’re well and that the upcoming holiday season gives you the opportunity to rest and recharge, as well as have fun and eat lots. According to Substack, I now have subscribers in 37 states and 27 countries. That was a little mind-blowing. Holy cow. Thank you for reading my work, you rock, please
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2711, 2023

Coaching Letter #188

November 27, 2023|

November 22, 2023 Photo by Ann O'Doherty On the need for, and benefits of, gratitude Hello, and thank you for reading The Coaching Letter, I am grateful to you for investing your time in reading what I write, and I am extra special super grateful when you have the time to respond. I try to write something appropriate at Thanksgiving, and some years it’s harder than others. The situation in Israel and Gaza is so upsetting, and conflict continues in
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2610, 2023

Coaching Letter #187

October 26, 2023|

October 25, 2023 Screenshot of part of a data collection sheet created by Andrew Volkert for use in “implementing many small, frequent tests.” On organizational culture and intelligent failure Hello, I hope you are doing well. This Coaching Letter is about two things: culture and failure. I started writing this on my way home from a weekend in the DC area; I went to co-teach a class with my friend and colleague David Eddy-Spicer, which was very fun, not least
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