Learner FIRST Literacy and Coaching Center
Better Together - Productive Partnerships Between Coaches and Principals

June 14, 2021

College Classroom
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June 14, 2021

9:00 - 2:30 pm CST

This Session Takes Place on Zoom

$150 per person

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The value of a strong partnership between coach and principal cannot be overstated. This relationship has the potential to ensure student learning and teacher success. The most powerful collaborations do not happen by mistake; they happen by design. 


During this unique event, principals and coaches will learn together and then have the opportunity to plan their pathway to excellence. In the morning, Diane Sweeney will teach us about the value of the principal and coach relationship in a school focused on student learning. In the afternoon, coaches and principals will be guided through a process to define their relationship and plan for the year ahead.

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9:00 - 11:00 CST

Resetting Coaching after Covid: Building Strong Principal and Coach Partnerships

With Diane Sweeney

The role of the instructional coach was dramatically impacted by Covid-19. With the sudden shift to remote learning, many coaches initially spent their time serving as resource providers. At the time, this made sense given what teachers were facing. The issue arises when this is the only role that a coach plays. This may diminish the impact of the coaching program since these forms of support are not anchored in student learning. Now that we are moving beyond the pandemic, it’s time to reset the coaching role by building strong principal and coach partnerships. 


Participants will learn:

  • How to frame what Student-Centered Coaching is and isn’t throughout the school community

  • Strategies for defining the expectations for participation in coaching cycles

  • An agenda for making the most out of principal and coach meetings

  • How to separate coaching from supervision so that teachers trust the process

12:00 - 2:30 CST

Defining Systems of Coaching and Planning for a Successful Year

With Danica Lewis and Amy Lubben

Working through a guided process, principal and coach teams will bring clarity to the purpose of coaching in their school or district. 

With that clarity in mind, teams will plan for the year ahead, considering the instructional goals of the school and how the principal and coach will work together to ensure teacher and student success.

Principal and Coach teams will leave the session with a vision and an action plan for the 2021-2022 school year.


Diane Sweeney

DIANE SWEENEY has been an author and educational consultant since 1999.  The author of The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching  (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), et al., Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.

Danica Lewis has over 20 years of experience in schools, serving as an elementary teacher, an instructional coach and later as a school and district administrator, including school building leadership, early childhood leadership, special education leadership, and curriculum & assessment leadership in urban and suburban schools. Danica led the implementation of standards-aligned instruction, assessment, and grading as both a district-level and building-level administrator. Danica facilitates powerful professional learning around literacy, standards-aligned instruction and assessment, rigorous teaching, data analysis, and professional learning community leadership. In 2017, the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development recognized Danica as the “Instructional Leader of the Year” for the State of Wisconsin


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Amy Lubben

Amy Lubben has worked in education for 20 years.  She taught Special Education (K-5), was a 5th grade classroom teacher, and a 4th/5th grade multi-age classroom.  Amy is a Math Recovery Specialist.  Amy has instructional coaching experience supporting teachers K-12 to implement best practices in literacy education and disciplinary literacy, along with analyzing data for student growth and success.  Amy enjoys collaborating with teachers to cultivate teacher leadership and create positive learning experiences for all students.