HCS Leadership Mantra
High quality instruction based on Power Standards
Everyone knows their target and has a plan to hit it!
Hone in on the target and stay on track no matter how difficult
What you do everyday that moves HCS toward accreditation
Know how your work complements others'; Silo-free zone!
LEVERAGE LEADERSHIP- Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Effective Schools author Paul Bambrick-Santoyo worked with our leaders during the summer of 2016. Click to see what we learned!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL LEARNING- Check out this tab for the AP training resources that were shared at the monthly trainings
EVOCATIVE COACHING SKILLS- This tab contains the 4 components of the EC models as presented during the 2014-15 year long training. Go here to refresh your memory on critical EC skills and tips!
RESOURCES- My presentation powerpoints and handouts shared at previous professional learning sessions are located in this section. Most recently, all of the "It's Being Done" research & resources from the 2015 Summer Leadership Academy is here. Good stuff! Check it out........
IT'S BEING DONE- This is where you can find the Education Trust research on effective principals and schools
MANAGING TRANSITIONS William Bridge's research can be found by clicking this tab. Great resources for anybody who experiences change... like YOU, YOUR TEACHERS, PARENTS, STUDENTS, SPOUSE, CHILDREN, get it?
LEADERSHIP WEBSITES- I've linked some of my favorite leadership websites in this section but am thinking about using this space for something else and linking websites under RESOURCES. Anybody got an idea on this? What else do you need at your fingertips?
Leadership Coaching for 2017-18
I'm Eric Stone, HCS Leadership Coach & welcome to CoachingHCS. The site is always changing so come back often to see what's new!
During this school year, I'm looking forward to supporting administrators who are new to HCS and/or new to their position, especially assistant principals.
Title I School Improvement Specialist Trena Hatcher and I hope to continue hosting the Assistant Principal monthly trainings and will be using the site to house handouts, videos, and other resources as in the past. This plan is still tentative at this point- more details are forthcoming.
What are Leadership Coaching Conversations?
Conversations will begin with a brief energy check followed by a "what's working for you" ? question that allows you to share a positive story about an event, a staff member, a student.... and we're off! The purpose of coaching is to help administrators clarify thinking, process ideas, and generate possibilities using a strengths-based model of evocative coaching blended with other models and coaching tools. When challenges arise, coaching frames them as opportunities to explore instead of problems to solve.
Q: How long does a coaching session last?
A: 30-45 minutes is the target- sometimes a bit longer depending on the individual and the topic.
Q: Are coaching sessions confidential?
A: Absolutely. A trusting relationship is a key component of coaching. My sole purpose as a coach is to listen without judgment, ask clarifying questions, and support your thinking. Whatever we talk about is between you and me.
Q: How often does coaching occur? Where do we meet?
A: Novice administrators (0-2 years building experience) are placed on a bi- weekly schedule and typically meet face to face at school. Title I principals are given priority, but no administrator will ever be refused the opportunity to meet. Sometimes, conversations occur on the phone or a combination of both!
Q: What if I have a problem or a situation that comes up and I really don't feel comfortable discussing it with anyone in the building?
A: I am always available to listen and together, we'll be able to determine next steps. You are in the driver's seat. You are holding the map. I am there to assist you in reading it!
Q: What are the benefits of a coaching relationship?
A: Great question. As stated earlier, our conversations are confidential and my position in the HCS Org Chart is non- supervisory! I am here to SUPPORT you to be the very best you can be. Sometimes, it's just nice to have an extra ear to bounce ideas off of from time to time- without judgment.
Q: What's the difference between a coaching conversation and a mentoring conversation?
A: In a nut shell, ADVICE. When I am in a coaching role, I'll never give advice or tell you how I handled a particular situation during my 28 years of building experience as a P/AP. As a mentor, I may present some idea and give suggestions. I will always assist you in learning the ins and outs of HCS's data tools, Filemaker program , Evaluation db, etc.
By the Coaches Code of Ethics, I must tell you if I am switching from my coaches "hat" to the role of a mentor or colleague.
Leadership Coaching sessions CELEBRATE how building leaders are using the HCS Leadership Mantra to drive day-to-day practice and identify where SUPPORT may be needed.
I have had 72 hours of rigorous coach training through Coaching for Results Global, 60 training hours of Evocative Coach trininf with the Center for School Transformation, and most recently, received my Professional Coach Certification through Fowler International Academy of Coaching.