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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!
Change is not optional. Every organization and every leader faces the responsibility to navigate the continually rushing waters of change. Do we ride those waters with confidence and excitement, trusting in the capabilities of our people and processes to generate positive, life-giving transformations? Or do we find ourselves discouraged and beaten down by the increasing pressures of accountability and resource limitations? Everyone is riding the same waters but not everyone is taking the same journey. The difference has a lot to do with the skills we develop and the approaches we take. If you’re ready to buff up your skills and take more person-centered, no-fault, and strengths-based approaches, then the Center for School Transformation can assist you to meet your needs.
In addition to our acclaimed Evocative Coaching Training Program, which equips school leaders to have better one-on-one conversations, the Center for School Transformation also assists schools and other organizations to develop more collaborative and productive cultures through Strengths-Based Planning Processes, Leadership Coaching, Trust Building Initiatives, as well as inspiring Workshops & Presentations for conferences, convocations, and other site-based events. By celebrating the best of what is, these processes bring about change at the speed of imagination. Contact us today for a consultation!