We empower teachers to bring the District C experience back to their school.
The Coaching Institute Is For You, If...
You are a high school teacher or administrator. Your job is to prepare the next generation of thinkers, doers, and collaborators.
You are a progressive thinker. You are open to new ideas and approaches, especially ones that will push your thinking.
You are a self-improver. You are always looking for ways to get better at your craft.
Most important, you are committed to your students. You understand the urgency of preparing them with the flexible mindsets needed to succeed in the future of work.
-- District C Coaching Fellow
How It Works
What You Will Learn
The "DO it" and "SEE it" phases will focus on:
1. How to work in diverse teams to solve complex problems. Building on your professional experience, you will further develop the mindsets and tools needed to do the work of collective problem solving. Including:
Design Thinking principles to develop creative and user-centered solutions to complex problems
Intentional questioning to leverage the strengths and unique perspectives of each team member
The Ladder of Inference to keep the team's conclusions and inferences grounded in observable data
Modeling techniques to break down complex systems and processes into their simpler, component parts
Meeting planning and facilitation protocols to optimize the productivity of your collective work
Tools and protocols to support self-reflection, self-direction, and self-management
2. How to coach students to work in diverse teams to solve complex problems. Building on your teaching experience, you will further develop the mindsets and tools needed to coach teams of beginner students through the work of collective problem solving. Including:
District C's coaching approach which aims to provide a productive balance of support, challenge, and autonomy
Coaching students to fish (versus giving fish), where "fishing" is the work of solving complex problems in diverse teams
Giving productive feedback -- when, where (through which mode), and how
Effective practices for tracking student work and coaching online student meetings using Google's suite of collaboration tools
How We Support Your Implementation
During the "COACH it" phase, District C supports your initial implementation of the program through:
Resources: Providing you access to all of our program resources (slides, templates, processes, and documentation)
Problem sourcing: Sourcing and defining real-world business problems that provide the right level of challenge for teams of high school students
Business partnerships: Establishing partnership agreements with business partners so they know exactly what is required of them, when, and for how long (this is the key to enlisting committed business partners)
School partnerships: Facilitating cross-registration for your District C implementation in partnership with other schools and coaches (this is the key to forming diverse Squads of students)
Technology: Helping you set up the technology tools needed -- Google collaboration suite and Slack messaging -- to support online collaboration across students from different schools
Coaching support: Conducting observations, debriefs, and office hours with coaches to continue refining coaching practices
Event space: When and where possible, booking space for your Launch Day and Pitch Night events through our innovation hub partners (this is the key to connecting this work to the local innovation community, and exposing your students to the places where innovation happens)
How We Support Your Long-Term Growth
During the "GROW it" phase, District C provides:
Continued access to Resources and Logistical Support (see above for definitions) so that you can focus on coaching your students.
An invitation for your next wave of teachers to enroll in our annual Coaching Institute so that you can build school capacity to provide access to more students.