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Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H.

5 Strategies for Supporting Teaching and Learning

By: Matthew Renwick

Written with a practical approach, this book provides new and veteran school leaders with easily adoptable ideas for supporting teachers and their teams to achieve excellence.
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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071840474
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: February 22, 2022

Price: $32.95

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Expand your leadership capacity to help your school reach its potential

All schools have the capacity for schoolwide instructional excellence. Schools with leaders who adopt a coaching stance as part of their practice are more likely to realize this success. Leaders achieve success with their teachers, their students, and their families, not alone.

Leading like a C.O.A.C.H. reframes the approach to schoolwide change from a leader acting alone to a leader working with a community in which each member contributes their strengths and ideas to improving instruction. Renwick, a well-known blogger and writer on literacy and leadership, encourages school leaders to embody five practices: 1. Create confidence through trust; 2. Organize around a priority; 3. Affirm promising practices; 4. Communicate feedback; and 5. Help teachers become leaders and learners. Throughout this practical guide, readers will find

  • Reflective questions
  • Activities
  • Indicators of success
  • Examples of leaders coaching teachers to excellence
  • Wisdom from the field     

This book provides new and veteran leaders with a practical approach and easily adoptable ideas for helping their schools realize their full potential.

Key features

  • Reflective questions
  • Activities
  • Success indicators
  • Special notes
  • Examples of leaders coaching teachers to excellence
  • Wisdom From the Field


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Matthew Renwick

Matt Renwick has served in public education for over 20 years. He started as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Matt now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District. See more of his work at

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

Foreword by Regie Routman


     The Purpose of This Book

     My Coaching Journey

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 1: Why Should I Lead Like a Coach?

     Benefits of Leading Like a Coach

     Expand on Your Current Identities

     Shifting Toward a Coaching Stance

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 2: How Instructional Walks Help Leaders Adopt a Coaching Stance

     Introducing Instructional Walks

     The Instructional Walk Process

     From Judging to Learning

     What Instructional Walks Are Not

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 3: Create Confidence Through Trust

     Defining Trust

     Four Conditions for Trust

     Condition 1: Consistency

     Condition 2: Compassion

     Condition 3: Communication

     Condition 4: Competence

     Success Indicators for Creating Confidence Through Trust

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 4: Organize Around a Priority

     Defining a Priority

     Step 1: Analyze and Understand Your Current Reality

     Step 2: Examine Your Beliefs About Instruction

     Step 3: Engage in Focused Professional Learning

     Step 4: Create Collective Commitments Around Promising Practices

     Success Indicators for Organizing Around a Priority

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 5: Affirm Promising Practices

     Four Principles for Initiating Positive Change

     Principle 1: Adopt an Instructional Framework

     Principle 2: Learn With Your Faculty

     Principle 3: Develop Collaborative Learning Communities

     Principle 4: Institutionalize Promising Practices

     Success Indicators of Affirming Promising Practices

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 6: Communicate Feedback

     Defining Feedback

     Communicating Feedback Through Engagement (vs. Bypass)

     Differentiating Feedback to Meet Teachers’ Needs

     Example 6.1: Exploring New Ideas for Classroom Management

     Example 6.2: How the Task Supports Student Engagement

     Example 6.3: A Better Way to Assess

     Success Indicators for Communicating Feedback

     Reflective Questions

Chapter 7: Help Teachers Become Leaders and Learners

     A Journey to Excellence

     Example 7.1: Teacher Self-Assessment (Wilmot Elementary School, Jefferson County Public Schools, Denver, Colorado)

     Example 7.2: Residency Model for Professional Development (Winnipeg School District, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

     Success Indicators of Helping Teachers Become Leaders and Learners

     Final Reflective Questions

Conclusion: What Will Be Your Legacy?