Connected Coaching Model

“Great questions elicit what is on the teacher’s mind rather than what is on the coach’s mind.”--Tschannen-Moran
“By playing with the wording of a wondering, teachers often fine-tune and discover more detail about the subject they are really passionate about understanding.”--Dana & Yendol-Hoppey

The Connected Coaching model draws strongly from the works of Evocative Coaching (Tschannen-Moran & Tschannen-Moran, 2010), Cognitive Coaching (Costa & Garmston, 2002), Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2005), and The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities (Dana & Yendol-Hoppey, 2010), as well as Instructional Coaching (Knight, 2007).

Evocative Coaching
Cognitive Coaching
Instructional Coaching
Appreciative Inquiry
Connected Coaching
  • calling forth potential
  • getting people excited about learning again
  • strength based
  • identify and assist with
    implementation of
    proven teaching
  • strength based
  • bring forward the best of what is
  • calling forth potential
  • getting people excited about learning again
  • mediating thinking
  • helping folks become self directed
  • strength based
  • bring forward the best of what is
Mindset, Dispositions

5 states of mind necessary to become self directed
  • efficacy-- belief in capability to produce given attainments
  • flexibility-- move beyond egocentricity open to multiple perspectives
  • consciousness-- self awareness
  • craftsmanship-- excellence
  • interdependence-- that we need each other mutuality and reciprocity
principles of
  • equality
  • choice
  • voice
  • reflection
  • dialogue
  • praxis
  • reciprocity

5 paradoxes
  • Top-down & bottom-up
  • Easy & powerful
  • Self-organizing and highly organized
  • Getting commitment by not demanding it
  • Personally model and professionally strong willed

Connected coach dispositions
  • Propensity for and understanding of strengths based, appreciative approaches
  • Tendency for mindfulness (paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally)
  • Commitment to understanding gained through listening and asking good questions related to practice
  • Perseverance toward deep thought by exploring ideas and concepts, rethinking, revising, and continual repacking and unpacking, resisting urges to finish prematurely
  • Courage and initiative to engage in discussions on difficult or messy topics
  • Willingness to leave one's comfort zone to experiment with new strategies
  • Commitment to deep reflection and growth over time
  • Inclination toward being open-minded, integritous, and professional
  • Dedication to the ongoing development of expertise
  • Ardor for a culture of collegiality- that "None of us is as good as all of us" and that the contributions of all can lead to improved coaching practice
  • stories, empathy, inquiry, design,
  • coaching dance
  • paraphrasing, questions, planning
  • 3 coaching conversation maps
  • model, observe, collaborate
  • remove any barrier that
    might stand in the way of
  • discover, dream, design, destiny
  • trust building
    • Establishing rapport
    • Examining climate and culture
    • Setting ground rules
    • Establishing norms
    • Exploring hopes and fears
  • questioning
    • Seeking stories/wonderings
    • Doing active listening
    • Paraphrasing/mindfulness
    • Making observations
    • Mediating Thinking
    • Affirming potential
    • Asking appreciative questions
    • Discovering strengths
    • Clarifying focus
    • Making requests
  • facilitating design thinking
    • Framing aspirations
    • Brainstorming ideas
    • Inviting possibilities
    • Designing experiments
  • possibilities
  • brainstorming
  • experimenting
  • problem solving
  • planning maps
  • checklists
  • in-class demonstrations
  • feedback
  • positive image
  • positive action
  • generative
  • appreciative
  • positive
  • possibilities
  • brainstorming
  • protocols and activities adapted from Dana & Yendol-Hoppey and the NSRF
  • face to face
  • face to face
  • face to face
  • face to face
  • face to face
  • in online spaces--leveraging images, audio, and video; blurring boundaries of time and space