The COVID-19 pandemic caused a sudden shift to distanced teaching and learning that upheaved education as we knew it. Newly-virtual teachers had to learn new technologies, processes, and instructional strategies on the fly. While at the same time, newly-virtual coaches had to figure out how to best support these educators in this new reality.

Just like the need for teachers to connect with students, how can coaches connect with teachers in meaningful ways when they are not physically together? How can they facilitate effective and ongoing professional learning? And how can technology assist in the process?

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I recently had a video conversation with Elena Aguilar, transformational coaching expert and the author of multiple books including The Art of Coaching, about these important and timely topics. During our discussion, she shared valuable insights and practical advice for education leaders.

In this time of uncertainty and as we look toward next school year, do districts need coaches?

Yes, yes, yes! Coaches are needed more than ever because teaching is harder than ever right now. Teachers have been under more stress and pressure as they’ve had to make changes to the way they think about instruction and curriculum. A coach is a thought partner for a teacher – it’s somebody who can help teachers think about alternatives and other approaches, and who can support them emotionally during this time and beyond.

About the Author:

Adam Geller is the author of “Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning” and founder of Edthena, a video analysis and online collaboration platform for educators. Elena Aguilar is the author of multiple books on coaching and is the founder of the international coaching and consulting firm Bright Morning Consulting.

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