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Posts by Gretchen Schultek Bridgers

What is a “Teacher Leader” Anyway?

For a while, I have been using the term “teacher leader” to mean anyone who supports teachers in their development. Because that is a broad term, I thought it would be important to dig deeper into what a teacher leader is, does and the impact they have in the educational field. What is a “Teacher…

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How to Implement “PD in a Box” at your School Site

“PD in a Box” has become a new, engaging way for teachers to learn at their own pace and on their own timetable. Professional Development usually occurs in-person as an onsite meeting among staff. Teaching best practices or new instructional initiatives are introduced and expectations for implementation are described. These meetings are usually jam packed…

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Making an Impact with Virtual Coaching Calls

Virtual coaching calls have become the norm during this period of remote learning and leading due to Covid-19. They are easy to implement and highly effective in improving teacher proficiency and student achievement in the classroom. A virtual coaching call is a 1:1 discussion a teacher leader has with a teacher that focuses on goals,…

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How to Become an Effective Instructional Coach

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…

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How Great Teacher Leaders Listen

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…

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Coach Focus: How to Help Teachers Engage Students

Teacher leaders can help classroom teachers engage students in authentic, meaningful ways. As a matter of fact, student interaction is not the same as student engagement. A compliant class that interacts with each other and the content of the lesson translates to limited engagement and a low rate of learning. But, when teacher leaders provide…

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What is a Mastermind?

There’s a very popular practice in the business world where movers and shakers get together to brainstorm new ideas and support each other in reaching new levels in their business. When many brilliant minds come together they create one MASTER mind. This think tank allows everyone to learn from each other’s experiences while gaining ideas,…

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