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Although I have had a lot of instruction and practice in listening techniques, I believe Evocative Coaching has clarified the importance of listening and the value of being totally present; not solving problems but building on the positive.
Everything that I have learned is influencing and impacting my work with students as a teacher, as a PLC facilitator with my colleagues, and with the building and district leadership as I drop “pebbles” of the Evocative Coaching model along the pathway to our school and district’s transformation.
Each week in the Evocative Coaching Training Program I learn more and more that will impact my job. I am becoming more comfortable in using the strategies and have become much more reflective in my discussions with teachers.
Through this training program I have become a better listener; I give less advice and instead practice giving empathy. I think about how the skills I am learning can impact my students and my work environment. It has helped me detach in a good way from stressors in my environment.
The consistent focus on positive feedback really supports the self-efficacy of my staff. Being reminded of the Möbius strip with story, empathy, inquiry and design thinking has really effected how I communicate / coach my staff.
I joined this course because I wanted to transform schools; I have found instead that I have been transformed.
Through this course, I have started to really feel myself on the cusp of something quite tremendous as a professional and also as a person.
Imaginative listening is a game changer in that it allows teachers to tell their stories with full engagement. The more teachers understand their stories as stories, rather than as settled facts over which they have no control, the more teachers are cultivating a willingness to change and become lifelong learners.
By listening mindfully, quietly and reflectively when teachers tell their stories, coaches disarm resistance and evoke open dialogue which sets the stage for change. It is seldom that a person is listened to without judgment and with no agenda. This alone may be why evocative coaching is refreshing and powerful enough to transform an entire school.
When I meet with a teacher or walk into his or her class, I finally feel as if I have the tools to help them reach their potential. I took this job because I like the coaching aspect but after my first year, I was not sure if I had the “it” that caused teacher to see me as more than just a helper. I feel empowered!
Board Certified Coach Training Provider
The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) has certified the Center for School Transformation to be a Coach Training Provider for its Evocative Coaching Training Program. The CCE created the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential as a means to independently verify that applicants have met professional coaching competency standards and subject matter experts. These standards reflect the common knowledge, skills and abilities of a professional coach. The BCC is a mark of quality. It demonstrates to the public that a professional coach has:
- Met educational and training requirements
- Passed a psychometrically sound coach specific examination
- Obtained experience in the field of coaching
- Professional peer references
- Accountability of an enforceable ethics code
- Commitment to continuing education
The achievement of the Board Certified Coach credential solidifies the professional identity of the coach. The BCC credential is attractive to professionals who would like to provide independent third party verification that they have achieved certain coaching competency standards.
International Association of Coaching Authorized Licensee
The International Association of Coaching (IAC) has authorized the Center for School Transformation (CST) to be a Master Licensee under the terms and conditions of its licensing program. This program grants CST the right to include the IAC Coaching Masteries™, unaltered and with copyright notice, as part of its Evocative Coaching Training Program. With this access to the Masteries, CST can better assist its trainees to become IAC Certified and IAC Master Certified Coaches.
The standards used by the IAC® to certify coaches, the IAC Coaching Masteries™, reinforce leading-edge communication skills and time-honored philosophical archetypes. IAC Certified Coaches demonstrate an astute understanding of both their coachees and the coaching process so as to evoke consummate success. This is the hallmark of the IAC certified coach.
The IAC certification process requires accomplished skill and a thorough comprehension of that skill. Although no one particular coach training method is required, it’s essential that knowledge and application of these skill sets are mastered. As an IAC Authorized Master Licensee, CST is well equipped support those coaches who may seek IAC Coach Certification.