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Getting Smart Podcast

Mar 7, 2018

Adam Kulaas and Emily Liebtag from The Getting Smart team sit down to chat about school coaching. As more and more schools work to shift their models of teaching and learning, coaching is becoming the key component to driving that change. When coaching is done right it can be really transformative for educators alike.


Listen in to hear Emily and Adam unpack school coaching and discuss what Adam has learned in both the past and present in the school coaching space — and what he hopes will come in the future. Adam and Emily further discuss what he has seen unfold in schools with good teaching models, how he believes schools can transform to make their learning become more student-centered, what motivated him to get into school coaching, to begin with, and what effective coaching looks like to him.


Key Takeaways:

[1:30] What school coaching looked like back when Adam started coaching (two decades ago).

[4:47] What motivated Adam to get into school coaching and what the sorts of change he wanted to see were.

[5:42] What Adam has seen unfold and evolve in school coaching that has led to good teaching models today.

[6:38] The importance of instructional coaches being able to build strong, transparent relationships.

[9:14] What effective coaching looks like to Adam and Emily.

[13:00] Adam unpacks how schools can transform their learning to become more student-centered.

[16:02] One of Emily’s favorite leaders that she finds most inspiring.

[17:13] How does Adam customize coaching to each new school or educator.

[20:18] Where Adam sees learning and education headed with tech in the coaching space.

[24:24] Where Adam sees coaching headed and what he thinks leaders need to know next.

[28:26] The four lessons about coaching Emily learned from Adam during the duration of the podcast!

[29:30] Where to find out more about the work Adam is currently up to.


Mentioned in This Episode:

S2:E55 Coaching for High-Quality Project-Based Learning

Daniel Pink

@AdamKulaas on Twitter

The Getting Smart Team Page


Want to Learn More About Coaching and its Effects on Education?

Listen in to S2:E55 Coaching for High-Quality Project-Based Learning to hear from New Tech Network coach, Andrew Biros on coaching for PBL.


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