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The Art of Coaching Workbook: Tools to Make Every Conversation Count Paperback – Oct. 20 2020

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We're so glad you're here. We know that you are a committed educator, and we're excited that you've taken the leap into a coaching role—or perhaps you've been thrown into one! Well, here you are: eager to coach and wondering what exactly you are supposed to do.

We want to help you feel confident in this wonderful world of coaching—and help you build your skills as a coach. We wish that all coaches had coaches, so imagine us as your coaches, sitting by your side as you embark on, or continue, this journey. We'll provide maps and a compass, we'll share tips for getting through rough waters, we'll offer exercises that'll build your coaching muscles quickly, and we'll encourage you. In addition, we'll help you figure out who you want to be as a coach and how you can find joy and fulfillment in this work.

At their essence, coaching strategies are exceptionally refined communication skills. Coaching is all about listening and speaking—and everyone can benefit from further developing their communication. When our communication skills are refined, we can make every conversation count toward creating a more just and equitable world.

An educator's strengths could be categorized into three areas: head-based, heart-based, and hand-based. Most of us have strengths in all of these areas, although we can also have one area in which we're stronger than the others. The ability to see someone's strengths is key when coaching—your clients will trust you and be more receptive to your coaching if they know that you see their potential strengths.

Do this activity so that you can appreciate yourself and gain insight into how to play to your strengths as a coach.

  • Read through the description and examples of each type of educator strength
  • Think about people you know who have these strengths and what makes them good coaches
  • Take some time to think about yourself as a coach, teacher, and educator and jot down your strengths to see in which category you already excel or you have room to grow

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"Every aspect of The Art of Coaching Workbook demonstrates meticulous attention to the goal of yielding quantifiable results; Elena Aguilar has truly found a way to decode the often elusive process of becoming an effective, inspiring coach."
—Chiara Kupiec, Instructional Coach, Bernards Township Public School District, Basking Ridge, NJ

"This companion to
The Art of Coaching Workbook is the book coaches have been clamoring for! Elena skillfully translates complex coaching skills into bite-sized exercises that make it possible for coaches to hone their craft."
—Raiza Cruz Lisboa, Trainer of Coaches, Washington, D.C.

"Elena has done it again! This workbook is an amazing addition to
The Art of Coaching and will deepen coaching relationships, strengthen coaching conversations, and make some serious changes in education."
—Lizzie Fortin, Instructional Coach and Visual Art Educator, Worcester, MA, Public Schools

The Art of Coaching Workbook will be an essential resource for anyone in coaching or leadership in schools who wants to refine their coaching skills. It provides real-life examples of coaching conversations and explicit guidance on how to be a transformational coach—it's going to support my coaching on a whole new level!"
—Jill Ayabei, Coach, Nampa, ID

"A coach's dream come true! Wherever you may be on the continuum of your coaching journey,
The Art of Coaching Workbook serves as the premium Swiss Army knife providing all the tools necessary to help prepare, navigate, and troubleshoot any coaching session with purpose and success!"
—Kathrina Mendez, California Reading & Literature Project

"This workbook is for anyone who wants to move transformational coaching from 'theory on the page' to 'practical daily application.' I highly recommend this workbook for any coach's toolkit."
—Nicholas Cains, Instructional Leadership Coach, Tulsa, OK

The Art of Coaching Workbook is an exceptional coaching toolset to ensure competence and confidence as a coach! This is a must-have accompaniment to The Art of Coaching. I am eager to share this workbook with colleagues across the country!"
—Tonia Holmes-Sutton, EDD, NBCT, Executive Director, National Board of Network of Accomplished Minoritized Educators

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The Art of Coaching WORKBOOK

Step-by-Step Coaching Tips, Techniques, and Activities to Renew Your Confidence and Build on Your Strengths

Elena Aguilar's bestselling guide The Art of Coaching has helped thousands of coaches and teacher leaders rise to their full potential and inspire others to work for student success and educational equity. The Art of Coaching Workbook is a just-in-time companion manual—which also works wonderfully as a standalone resource guide—providing 400 pages of practical activities and walkthroughs to help you implement better coaching in any environment.

This workbook covers the central elements of educational coaching, with a focus on developing equity and understanding the role of beliefs and biases. These activities will take you on a journey of self-discovery and empower you to:

  • Understand your own coaching style, develop your personal coaching mantras, and celebrate your strengths
  • Build trust in any educational setting by developing a deep knowledge of the school culture and teachers' strengths
  • Become a better listener, deal with difficult emotions or resistant teachers, and know what to do when the going gets rough
  • Provide effective coaching in any setting, including video-based coaching
  • Refine your coaching skills and facilitate professional development for coaches

"This companion to The Art of Coaching is the book coaches have been clamoring for!"
Raiza Cruz Lisboa, Trainer of coaches, Washington, D.C.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (Oct. 20 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 560 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1119758998
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1119758990
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 kg
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 3.05 x 27.43 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Elena has trained thousands of educators across the United States and abroad in transformational coaching and team development. She is a regular contributor for Edutopia and EdWeek Teacher and has published two highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams (2016) with an upcoming book titled Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators anticipated to release in May 2018.

Elena’s expertise derives from twenty years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. In her role as a consultant, she has partnered with leaders in public and private organizations across the United States and abroad. She holds a B.A. in history and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her teaching credential from California State University, Hayward, and she also holds an administrative services credential. Elena lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, son, and two cats. When she’s not coaching or writing she enjoys traveling abroad, photographing birds, hiking, drinking coffee and reading fiction.

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