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Professional Growth at WAB: Coaching

FLOW Target 18: Collegial Coaching & Mentoring

This page includes some resources to help get started in your own peer-coaching conversations or discussions. There are many more available, and if you need support, please ask you curriculum or edtech coaches. If you are interested in learning more about developing coaching practices at WAB, please ask your curriculum team. 

Introduction to Coaching at WAB

Coaching at WAB by Keri-Lee Beasley

Links & Resources for Coaching Conversations


How might we turn our response to a challenging situtation into a goal-oriented outcome? 

The Cognitive Coaching problem-resolving map is not a problem-solving map.

  • Identify emotion
  • Identify possible reasons
  • Identify broad goal(s)
  • "And you're looking for a way to make that happen". 

Source: Thinking Collaborative (

Tuning In Conversation

How are we framing challenges and thinking clearly?

  • What’s on your mind? 
  • What might be some causes and impacts?
  • What’s the real challenge for you here? 
  • What would be a good outcome for you?
  • What might be the next steps to make it happen?
  • What might be beyond your control that you can let go of? 
  • What was most useful to you in this conversation? 

"What makes you say that?


How are we planning for shared success? 

  • Clarify goals
  • Specify success indicators and a plan for collecting evidence
  • Anticipate approaches, strategies, decisions and how to monitor them
  • Establish personal learning focus and processes for self-assessment
  • Reflect on the coaching processand explore refinements

Source: Thinking Collaborative (

Connecting/ Supporting

How are we connecting with colleagues? 

  • What’s on your mind? 
  • And what else? 
  • What’s the real challenge for you here? 
  • What do you want? 
  • How can I help? 
  • If you are saying yes to this, what are you saying no to? 
  • What was most useful to you? 


Are we reacting appropriately to issues?

Access the Factfulness Dramatic Instincts and Rules of Thumb

  • What is the issue at hand? 
  • Who is affected and how do they perceive it?
  • What "instincts" might be at play? What makes you say that? 
  • Which "rules of thumb" might help resolve this?
  • What messages/evidence might the stakeholders need to understand the situation more clearly?
  • What actions forwards have come from this? 


How are we reflecting on action and events? 

  • Summarize impressions and recall supporting information/data
  • Analyze causal factors
  • Construct new learning(s)
  • Commit to application
  • Reflect on the coaching processand explore refinements

Source: Thinking Collaborative (

Coaching Books at WAB