Fists in Solidarity

Better Together 2.0: Ensuring Action in the Partnerships Between Coaches and Principals

Beyond Collaboration into Powerful Partnerships 

January 18, 2022

9:00 am - 2:00 pm  Central

This Workshop Take Place on Zoom

$150 per person

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Whether you joined us in June for "Better Together: Productive Partnerships Between Coaches and Principals" or not, you do not want to miss this action-oriented workshop!

When coaches and principals commit to regular, ongoing collaboration, the result is improved communication and a cohesive, consistent message for the teachers of the school. This is an important first step. The next step, is ensuring that this partnership is action-oriented and tied to outcomes. 

During this workshop, principals and coaches will take their understanding of their partnership to the next level. The day begins with Diane Sweeney providing guidance and tools that teams can use to assess the impact of their coaching. In the afternoon, principal and coach teams will examine the observable outcomes of their partnership thus far during the 2021-2022 school year. They will then determine how to orient their actions, and leverage their partnership, to ensure their goals are met by the end of the year.

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9:00 - 11:00 Central

Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Coaching

With Diane Sweeney

Would you like to know how coaching is impacting student and teacher learning? Is it time to assess the impact of Student-Centered Coaching in your school or district? What about understanding how the teachers’ perceptions about coaching have shifted with the implementation of Student-Centered Coaching? This session will dig into the processes and strategies for doing just that.
Participants will:

  • Work as a principal and coach team to assess the levels of engagement in the coaching program.

  • Understand the continuous  nature of messaging why coaching matters and how to get involved.

  • Revisit strategies for scheduling coaching cycles with an eye on increasing engagement as the year progresses

  • Receive tools such as surveys and logs to use in your school or district

Three Coworkers

12:00 - 2:00 Central

Examining and Ensuring Observable Outcomes in the Coach and Principal Partnership

With Danica Lewis and Amy Lubben

Teams who were with us in June of 2021 will have the opportunity to revisit their vision and priorities that were established during that work session. They will focus this review on the observable outcomes for which they have evidence from the first half of the school year. With these outcomes identified, they will determine what more needs to occur in order to ensure their goals are met by the end of the school year.

Teams who were not with us in June of 2021 will also review the observable impact of their coach/principal partnership and will determine how they will be intentional within this partnership for the remainder of the year and beyond.


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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.