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"The beauty of Student-Focused Coaching is the versatility of the model, tools, and strategies that are applicable as both an instructional coach and campus administrator. As I was learning and utilizing the Student-Focused Coaching model, I transitioned to an assistant principal position and found that I continued to use the model seamlessly. What was most impactful for me was the 4-week online course along with the interactive book that allowed me to dig deeper and reflect on my practice. The book contains application exercises, virtual coaching tips, and reflection points that provided multiple opportunities for me to engage with the model, practice, and refine the process. Student-Focused Coaching truly places the most important beneficiary of learning at the forefront of instruction - our students!" Beatrice Cruz (Texas)

“The learning from the SFC course will impact student learning. The discussions related to the phases, listening, and nonverbal communication were helpful and insightful. I looked forward to learning from Dr. Michel and all of the participants from multiple states every Tuesday evening. It’s an essential course for coaches.” Tanesha Yusuf (Texas)

"What National Board Certification did for me as a teacher—refinement, reflection, results—Student-Focused Coaching does for me as an instructional coach." Anthony Rosenberger (Arizona)

"Student-Focused Coaching is an amazing resource for individuals, schools, and districts who are developing or "resetting" their design for instructional coaching. The tools, reflection questions, and practice examples provide support and learning opportunities for those new to coaching, as well as for those who have many years of experience! Additionally, the organization of the book allows for frequent and easy reference of information and tools!" Jamie Larson (Iowa)

"Student-Focused Coaching provides tools to meet individual teachers where they are while also informing the coach or would-be coach on how to build a culture of collaborative problem solving. I found the chapters full of pragmatic guidance for coaching in a variety of scenarios, and there are a number of communication tools for everyone in the process (coaches, administrators, and teachers) to employ to make sure that messaging is clear and continues to focus time, energy, and attention on supporting student learning and growth." Alicia Ross (Pennsylvania)

Upcoming Events

New Mexico Public Education Department 

Structured Literacy Conference

June 7, 2023: Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo, NM 

Metacognitive Conversations: Making the Invisible Visible and Learning Together: A Focus on Academic Vocabulary.

Big Sky Literacy Summit

August 21-23, 2023: Big Sky, MT 

Celebrating Diversity Perspectives through Metacognitive Conversations: Surfacing Individual Thinking when Engaging with Text

Instruction Coaching Group

Teaching Learning Coaching Conference

October 16-18, 2023: Orlando, FL

Improving Literacy Instruction to Enhance Student Learning: A Student-Focused Coaching Approach

Plain Talk

for Literacy and Learning

January 31-February 2, 2024: New Orleans, LA 

Literacy and Learning

AIM Institute

Research to Practice Symposium

March 11, 2024: Conshohocken, PA

The Reading and Writing Connection


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