English 5133 Coaching as/for Reflective Practice: Learning from Writing (Workshop)
Participants engage perspectives on and approaches to instructional coaching, with particular emphasis on reflective practice and what can be learned through writing and sharing in a collaborative relationship and an inquiry approach. Expect to: read and discuss; reflect and share; plan and apply.
(2 hrs. graduate credit; $150 per hr.)
Instructors: Brad Weidenaar (Marshalltown CSD) & Jim Davis, Director, IWP (UNI)
Schedule: 5 days – July 31-Aug.1 (UNI campus) & 3 Saturdays fall semester (TBD).
Learning goals: Participants will –
- Explore emerging scholarship on instructional coaching as teacher leadership;
- Deepen experience with and understanding of reflection through writing;
- Explore personal experiences as instructional coaches/teacher leaders;
- Engage collaboratively with issues and practices inherent in instructional coaching and teacher leadership;
- Plan, conduct and share reflective inquiries into personal practices as instructional coaches/teacher leaders;
- Build/refine a professional support network of practitioner colleagues.
- Self-introduction as a developing, experienced professional;
- Interpretations and discussion facilitation for selected readings;
- PAR cycle discoveries/reflections;
- Individual workshop synthesis..
Writing expectations (some of what will be asked, with adjustments as workshop unfolds):
- Reflective “memoirs” of specific coaching/leadership experiences;
- Interpretations and syntheses of reading experiences;
- Supported positions statements on issues and practices in coaching/leadership;
- “In progress” reflections on discussions, activities, etc.;
- PAR (Plan, Act, Reflect) Inquiry Plans for implementation/application pilots;
- Summative report on personal experience/use of the workshop.