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Leader as Coach

Facilitator(s): Sandra Herbst
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Nov 04, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Mar 16, 2020 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 20-AS-022

About this learning opportunity

Alberta's Leadership Quality Standards identify six areas that, when applied, result in "...collaboration, engagement and empowerment of all partners in the education system to enable all students to achieve their potential."

Admittedly, as a school leader, you serve many roles.  In these times, you are often pulled in many competing directions.  However, research is clear that your instructional leadership makes a difference, not only to teacher efficacy, but to student achievement, as well.  This two part series will further examine the important role that leader as coach fulfills.  Whether the coaching is non-directive or directive, it supports the development of reflective practitioners and assists teachers in navigating the ever-changing world of education.

  • What communication tools might best serve me as a coach?
  • How can I create the conditions to coach?
  • How do I decide if it is best to offer advice or suggestions in a coaching conversation?

These are questions that leaders regularly ask themselves.  As we gather to learn together, we will consider these questions, along with practicing the art and skill of coaching.  Come prepared to push your coaching practice to the next level, to reflect deeply, and to engage fully.

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Sandra Herbst, CEO for connect2learning, is a noted system leader, author, speaker, coach, consultant, and educator with extensive experience in assessment, leadership, and adult learning.

Sandra’s expertise, informed by wide-ranging practice and research, is enhanced by her compassion and humour. She has worked in both elementary and secondary schools as a classroom and specialty teacher, school administrator, and program consultant. Sandra is the former assistant superintendent of the second-largest school district in Manitoba and a past President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and the Manitoba ASCD Affiliate.

As a facilitator of workshops, web conferences, and Institutes across North America and internationally, Sandra provides teachers and leaders with strategies and methods to help meet the diverse needs of learners. She engages in long-term projects with school systems including co-teaching and co-planning with teachers. Sandra models strategies through demonstration lessons with students in their classrooms. Through these events and interactions, Sandra has conveyed her vision, humour, and passion to thousands of teachers and has followed up with many of them to assess and learn from their experiences.

Sandra is co-author (with Anne Davies) of the newly published book, A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools (2014). She is a co-editor (with Kathy Busick and Anne Davies) of Quality Assessment in High Schools: Accounts from Teachers (2013). In 2012, Sandra co-authored the Leaders’ Series: Transforming Schools and Systems Using Assessment: A Practical Guide and Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide with Anne Davies and Beth Parrott Reynolds. She has several more works in progress in the areas of leadership and assessment.

As Sandra works with schools, systems, and organizations, whether in person or online, she tailors her work to meet the learners’ needs. She is a charismatic and highly energetic speaker and leader who is deeply committed to seeing the educational system contribute to the success of all learners.