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As a teacher, teacher leader and now teacher trainer, there are many lessons I have learned about what makes teachers effective. Through the content I share on my website, I empower you to reach your potential. Click to listen --->

"I am an educator of a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom."


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Latest Podcast Episodes

207: From Crisis to Calm

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Mar 23, 2020

This podcast episode was previously recorded as a free webinar for teachers after they received the news that schools would be closing for multiple weeks due to the COVID-19 virus precaution. Teachers will be able to: Create a success plan for e-learning during the Covid-19 precaution period Achieve calm, efficient work-life balance Develop a workflow that maximizes time Reserve…

206: Are you Dying, Pruning or Growing?

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Mar 9, 2020

We are all learners, honing our craft so we can better serve those we impact. Brian Mendler says, “Every plant has their own requirements in order to grow…and so do people.”  We can get caught up in seasons that leave us dying instead of thriving, or pruning instead of moving forward, or growing to greater…

Latest Blog Posts

How to Become an Effective Instructional Coach

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Mar 16, 2020

Becoming an effective instructional coach is not as daunting of a task as one might think. It is true that instructional coaching is one of the newer additions into the educational realm of teacher leadership. Luckily though, each year more supports are created to help nurture the growth of instructional coaches. What is an Instructional…

PLC: Making A Professional Learning Community Productive & Effective

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Mar 2, 2020

The acronym PLC refers to Professional Learning Communities, which are organized collaborative structures among educators. Many schools have PLC’s, but how they are set up and run vary greatly. A discussion recently came up in the Instructional Coaching Connection Facebook group where a coach was looking for advice from other coaches on how PLC’s are…

How Great Teacher Leaders Listen

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Feb 17, 2020

One of the most underused superpowers for leaders is the act of listening. Focusing on instruction and pedagogy are a great foundation for successfully leading teachers. However, the simple response of listening while leading can immensely impact student achievement and teacher proficiency in the classroom. Let’s dig into what it is (and isn’t), why it…

Tips for Making the Most out of Teacher Mentorship

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Feb 3, 2020

Mentorship is the key to success. Every person that has achieved big dreams has been mentored by someone who came before them. The partnership between one person who is ahead with the person who is coming up behind is powerful. Mentorship allows for guidance, insight and warning for someone facing those very same obstacles for…