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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!
Presenters and facilitators from the Center for School Transformation generally make handouts available in time for participants to download at the meeting. Although our Workshops & Presentations are always customized to the needs and specifications of each group, these handouts will give you a good idea of our message and method in the service of transforming schools, one conversation at a time. Contact Us Today! to learn more about our topics, availability, and rates.
- (October 29-29, 2013) Ohio Race to the Top Conference (Columbus OH) Evocative Coaching and Evoking Greatness
- (November 7-10, 2012) NAEYC Conference (Atlanta, GA) Strength Based Coaching: Transforming Conversations, Evoking Change!
- (July 1, 2012) ASCD Summer Conference (St. Louis, MO) Six Keys for Creating a Culture in Schools and Three Principles for Enhancing Teacher Collaboration
- (June 29, 2012) Battelle for Kids Conference (Columbus, OH) Beyond the Deficit Frame: Changing Conversations for School Success
- (May 1-April 30, 2012) National SmartStart Conference (Greensboro, NC) Strengths Based Coaching: The Key to Teacher Success and Building Relationships to Support Change
- (April 27, 2012) Rock Hill Schools (Rock Hill, NC) Cultivating Trust: A Key Resource for School Success
- (April 5-4, 2012) International Coaching Conference (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Coaching Mastery: A Commitment that Matters, The Principles & Practice of Empathy in Coaching, and Building Self-Efficacy: The Key to Successful Performance
- (March 30, 2012) SMG Strategic Management Group (Singapore) Performance Management and Coaching in Driving Performance
- (March 22, 2012) OAASFEP Spring Conference (Columbus, OH) Celebrate the Best!, Observing Vitality: Building on Teacher Strengths, and Redesigning Classrooms for Learning: Innovation in Action
- (December 12, 2011) VASCD Conference (Williamsburg, VA) Evoking Teacher Professionalism through Coaching
- (November 2, 2011) University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway) Evocative Coaching Workshop
- (October 18, 2011) Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Richmond, VA) Better Coaching for Better Schools
- (October 10, 2011) Instructional Coaching Conference (Lawrence, KS) Raising the Bar of Coaching Effectiveness in Schools
- (July 13, 2011) PAEC Annual Leadership Conference (Panama City Beach, FL) Teacher Valuation: Better Conversations for Better Schools and Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time
- (July 11, 2011) Chula Vista ESD (Chula Vista, CA) Trust Matters: A Key Resource for School Success
- (April 16, 2007) NSBA 2007 Annual Conference (San Francisco, CA) Revitalizing Schools through Appreciative Inquiry
- (June 8-10, 2006) Fostoria City Schools Summit (Fostoria, OH) Fostoria Appreciative Inquiry Summit. Watch the Promotional and Summit videos of this process (Get RealPlayer to watch videos).