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The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

ISBN: 978-1-118-20653-9
360 pages
March 2013, Jossey-Bass
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July 01, 2013
San Francisco, CA

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

"To produce drastic gains in the academic achievement levels of our students we need the strongest, most prepared teachers. The Art of Coaching provides concrete, actionable steps to move teachers along the continuum of excellence to meet this challenge head on." —Heather Lechner, turnaround school leader, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Art of Coaching

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation

By Elena Aguilar

San Francisco, CA - Currently, coaching is a vague and undefined practice, which can vary from school site to site.  There are few training courses, no required certification and no nationally accepted standards for assessing a coach’s work.  Additionally, the great majority of coaches in our public schools were strong teachers who were encouraged to take up coaching.  This presents a challenge because coaches need to be more than strong teachers.  Exceptional coaches require an understanding of adult learners, change management theories and systems thinking, as well as organization, facilitation and communication skills.

The Art of Coaching (March 2013, Jossey-Bass, also available in ebook format), by Elena Aguilar, fills the tremendous un-met need for coaching resources.  It is the guidebook to for coaches, principals, district leaders and other administrators to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill the potential of coaching.  It offers the foundational skills and tools needed by new coaching educators and offers established coaches’ ways to deepen and refine their coaching practice.  It presents an overview of the knowledge and theory base behind the practice. 

The book demystifies the process of coaching with easy-to-apply, immediately actionable ideas.  Aguilar offers a model for transformational coaching that can be implemented as professional development in schools or districts anywhere.  Although she addresses the needs of adult learners, her model maintains a student-centered focus, with a specific lens on addressing equity issues in schools.

This comprehensive research and practice-based guide covers:

  • How to create a coaching vision
  • How to build trust and listen well
  •  How to ask powerful questions
  •  How to develop a work plan 

The Art of Coaching also addresses coaching conversations and describes dozens of coaching activities to develop an educator's practice.  It highlights common challenges followed by creative solutions and is filled with numerous practical tools: rubrics, cheat sheets, and coaching sentence stems. The concluding section on professional development is geared for coaches and those who supervise them.

It’s the hand-on resource for new and established coaches.  For more information, readers can go to The website, www.elenaaguilar.com, provides a wealth of additional tools and tips.