Compassionate Coaching: How to Help Educators Navigate Barriers to Professional Growth

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Author: Perret Kathy

Number Of Pages: 136

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When we embark on a journey, every action revolves around the destination. Of course, not all trips are smooth sailing. We inevitably hit distractions, obstacles, and detours. These challenges threaten to blow us off course, but when we stay focused on the destination rather than the barriers, we can move forward.
The same is true in education. Barriers to effective teaching are neither permanent states nor character traits. Rather, they are temporary challenges successful coaches help teachers overcome by connecting them with the right methods and keeping them focused on the destination.
In Compassionate Coaching, Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee identify the six most vexing challenges teachers face—lack of confidence, failure, overload, disruption, isolation, and school culture challenges—and the six corresponding ways that coaches can help teachers surmount them, dubbed the compassionate coaching focus areas.
Coaching with compassion is a process focused on partnership, empowerment, prioritization, routine, connection, and openness. Done well, it can result in transformational improvements to student achievement and teacher work satisfaction. In some cases, it can even shift the trajectory of whole schools.
Roadblocks and detours can get in our way when we are coaching just as they can during any journey. Instead of grumbling about the setbacks, we can open our eyes to the possibilities of a new and better route. That’s what compassionate coaching offers. Let’s go!


Using real-life scenarios, communication examples, practical strategies, and countless tools, Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee show coaches how to help teachers navigate through six common barriers that frequently interfere with professional learning and growth. A wonderfully practical book that would benefit any instructional leader.
Alisa Simeral, Author of Pursuing Greatness: Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth and Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice: Capacity-Building for Schoolwide Success.

Compassionate Coaching brings research, stories, and common sense practices together to frame an approach to coaching that is strengths-based and asset-driven. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of coaching, and each chapter surfaces strategies and language that coaches can use to not only connect with teachers but increase their impact as well.
Diane Sweeney, author of The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020) and Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (2021)

Author Fredrick Buechner describes compassion as feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. We move from empathy to compassion when we act on what we know. Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee provide pathways for understanding those we are coaching, as well as ourselves, and ways for taking action on what we know. As you read, you will reflect and plan — critical practices for coaches.
Steve Barkley, coaching and leadership consultant PLS3rdLearning and author of Instructional Coaching with the End in Mind and Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching

Compassionate Coaching: How to Help Educators Navigate Barriers to Professional Growth is one of those books I wish was available when I was a new coach. Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee carefully guide readers through a series of chapters designed to boost confidence and competence through some of the most challenging aspects of coaching. Armed with a GPS for coaching, readers will appreciate the real-life scenarios, practical advice and tangible tools for doing this work. It’s an indispensable tool for any instructional coaching toolkit.
Stephanie Affinito, Literacy Teacher Educator, author of Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools and Technology (Heinemann, 2018) and Leading Literate Lives: Habits and Mindsets for Reimagining Classroom Practice (Heinemann, 2021)

Compassionate Coaching: How to Help Educators Navigate Barriers to Profes

Release Date: 29-06-2021

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