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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!
Articles & Publications
Learn more about how coaching works and other strengths-based processes for school transformation. We invite you to download and read the articles and publications today!
Newsletters (School Provisions)
- School Provision #101 – Angela – Generate High School Performance
- School Provision #102 – Kim – Take Your School to Higher Levels
- School Provision #103 – Kathleen – Follow Your Passion in Education
- School Provision #104 – Ashley – Take Your School to Higher Levels
- School Provision #105 – Nancy – Beyond Problem-Centered Coaching
- School Provision #106 – Christina – New Understandings and Approaches for School Success
- School Provision #107 – Jodell – Exciting Approaches for Evoking Greatness in Schools
- School Provision #108 – Kelly – I Want More of the Good Stuff
Coaching Articles & Publications
- In Conversation (Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada). Healthy Relationships: The Foundation of a Positive School Climate. An interview with Dr. Megan Tschannen-Moran. Featured as the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 Ontario Leadership Congress held in April 2013, Dr. Tschannen-Moran was interviewed for In Conversation, a publication of the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada).
- In Conversation (Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada). Healthy Relationships: The Foundation of a Positive School Climate. An interview with Dr. Megan Tschannen-Moran. The same article as above, published in French.
- Appreciative Empathy: New Frameworks for New Conversations by Bob Tschannen-Moran, in the February 2012 edition of the AI Practitioner journal, proposes new ways of understanding the role of empathy in coaching. Knowing how to fully appreciate the feelings and needs of others holds the key to coaching leadership success.
- The Coach and the Evaluator by Bob & Megan Tschannen-Moran, the lead article in the October 2011 issue of Educational Leadership magazine, clarifies the role of coaching and evaluation in schools, showing how they can work at cross-purposes or work together for good depending upon how they are positioned and conducted.
- Five-Principle Coaching by Bob Tschannen-Moran, in the May 2007 edition of the AI Practitioner journal, explores the five principles of appreciative inquiry as they relate to coaching effectiveness.
Strengths-Based Change Processes
- Using Appreciative Inquiry to Foster Intergenerational Collaboration for Positive Change in a Struggling School System. By Megan Tschannen-Moran (College of William and Mary), Bob Tschannen-Moran (Center for School Transformation) and Cynthia A. Lemmerman (Lorain City Schools).
- Appreciative Inquiry: A Transformative Paradigm, by Jane Magruder Watkins and David Cooperrider, provides a brief and general overview as to the history, philosophy, and practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI).
- Positive Image, Positive Action: The Affirmative Basis of Organizing by David Cooperrider is must reading for anyone interested in the organizing principles of AI.
- Taking a Strengths-Based Focus Improves School Climate, by Bob & Megan Tschannen-Moran, explains how the transformation process works in schools with the help of a case study including pre- and post-initiative data.
- From Problem to Possibility: Leadership for Implementing and Deepening the Processes of Effective Schools, by Alan J. Daly and Janet Chrispeels, sets Appreciative Inquiry in the context of increased school accountability.
- Fostoria Appreciative Inquiry Summit documents how the Center for School Transformation used Appreciative Inquiry with all segments of a school community. See the related Appreciative Inquiry Summit Stories in the Fostoria Review Times and NSBA presentation handouts, Revitalizing Schools through Appreciative Inquiry. Watch the Promotional and Summit videos of the process (Get RealPlayer to watch videos).