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Responsive Coaching Interview with Josh Goodrich and Kat Howard Part 1
Responsive Coaching Interview with Josh Goodrich and Kat Howard Part 1
Essay • 11 Jun '24
Rachel Ball
Josh Goodrich

Kat Howard, Executive Director of School Improvement at Windsor Academy Trust, interviewed Josh Goodrich about his recently published book Responsive Coaching to dig into the question:

What is responsive coaching and why is it so important?

Kat: Josh, can you tell us a little about your background and experience of coaching in schools?

Josh: I’v...

Responsive Coaching Interview with Josh Goodrich and Kat Howard Part 2
Responsive Coaching Interview with Josh Goodrich and Kat Howard Part 2
Essay • 11 Jun '24
Rachel Ball
Josh Goodrich

In Part 2 of this interview, Josh and Kat delve into the structure of Josh's book and some common questions about implementing a coaching programme across a school or trust.

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Kat: Can you tell us about why you decided to structure the book in the three sections: Theory, Practice, and Implementation?

Josh: I wanted the book to be a resp...

What's the difference between instructional coaching and responsive coaching?
What's the difference between instructional coaching and responsive coaching?
Essay • 8 May '24
Josh Goodrich

What do we mean by instructional coaching?

In an increasingly wide body of research evidence, there’s consensus that instructional coaching looks to be the most impactful way to ensure that teachers make regular, sustained progress (Sims, 2019). However, if we look deeper, we find that when people talk about instructional coaching, they can often m...

The science behind Steplab: how it includes all 14 mechanisms of effective PD
The science behind Steplab: how it includes all 14 mechanisms of effective PD
Essay • 8 May '24
Rachel Ball
Ollie Lovell

What does it take to build truly effective teacher professional development?

Given the limited time and resources that schools have to allocate to teacher continuing professional development, this is a crucial question for us to answer with both accuracy and confidence. Student learning is the core business of schools, and helping teachers to impro...

How to create expert teachers, according to Peps Mccrea
How to create expert teachers, according to Peps Mccrea
Essay • 8 May '24
Peps Mccrea
Rachel Ball

We sat down with Peps Mccrea, Director of Education at Steplab and award-winning teacher educator, designer, author, to chat about expert teaching. What is it, how to achieve it – and what all this means for professional development (PD) in schools?

Why does expert teaching matter?

“Compared to things like changing class sizes or restructuring thin...