Hi, I'm Gretchen!

I empower teacher leaders to become more effective for those they lead

From peer mentors and cooperating teachers leading in their classrooms to instructional coaches leading in their school building.

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Latest Podcast Episodes

311: Innovative Teaching Strategies

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Feb 19, 2024

Tune in and be empowered by our listeners as they share innovative teaching strategies for student engagement. Explore cutting-edge teaching methods to captivate students’ attention and foster deeper learning. From gamification to interactive technology, discover strategies that ignite curiosity and enhance engagement in the classroom.In this episode, Gretchen reminds us as educators that “…we don’t…

310: Interview with Rebekah Shoaf

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Feb 5, 2024

Tune in and be empowered by Rebekah Shoaf. Rebekah shares all about her experiences in education and the valuable lessons she has learned along the way. Rebekah shares about burnout, the different types of burnout and the best way to avoid it. This episode will truly reignite your passion so be sure to tune in…

Latest Blog Posts

Data Collection: What, How & Why

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Feb 12, 2024

Data collection is an important piece of teaching. However, it can be confusing and somewhat daunting to teachers if they are asked to collect student data without clarity on how and why to do it. This blog post will explore the what, how and why of data collection. What is data collection? Data collection refers…

Dealing with Push Back as an Instructional Coach

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Jan 29, 2024

As an instructional coach, partnering with teachers is not always easy. Many times, teachers push back on working together or implementing suggestions from the coach for improvement in their classroom instruction. Push back refers to when an individual is not in agreement with what someone else is saying, doing or requesting of them and either…

Leading PD: “Must Haves” for Instructional Coaches

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Jan 15, 2024

Leading PD can be fun, but stressful. There is a lot to plan and materials to organize. It can feel overwhelming at times. This post will share all my recommendations for leading PD successfully as an instructional coach. The PD Book: 7 Habits that Transform Professional Development by Elena Aguilar – Read as a you…

Continuing Education Tips & Advice

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Jan 1, 2024

Continuing education is one way to ensure teachers and leaders remain up-to-date on best practices for their respective roles. As a result, many educators become reinvigorated as they connect with other professionals, swap strategies, and gain new ideas. But most importantly, continuing education ensures educators renew their license and certificates. What is continuing education? It…