Why are Faculty Meetings the Key to Setting Up Meaningful Coaching Cycles?

The Professional Development Funnel

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In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Susan discuss how important it is to create a funnel system from your faculty meetings that help you land meaningful collaborations in the classroom.

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This week’s question is:

Question Topic: How do I make the most out of my faculty meeting opportunities so that I can get traction in the classroom with my teachers?

Weekly Topic

  • What is the purpose of the Faculty meeting?
  • Creating a Funnel System out of your Faculty Meetings
    • What is a Funnel System?
    • How does a Funnel work?
  • Understanding the three types of building-based Professional Development
    • Large Group
      • Faculty Meetings
    • Medium Group
      • Department / Grade Level Meetings
    • Small Group
      • 1:1 Planning Sessions
    • Bonus Round
      • In-Class Support
  • How does the funnel work?
    • Principal Role (Before the PD)
      • Set the stage and provide a direction
        • I am asking the coach the share this topic because it is a goal of our school
    • Coaches Role (During the PD)
      • Create a dynamic learning experience that involves everyone in the school
    • Generals Role (During the PD)
      • Pick up the ball and run with it to inspire others
    • Principal Role (After the PD)
      • “I am asking the Coach to meet with each of you as a department/grade level to make sure you are comfortable planning for this new skill.
    • Follow up Communication (After the PD)
      • Email to Teachers with Follow up links / booking form
    • Next Steps – Department/Grade Level meetings – 1:1 Meetings – In-Classroom Pop-ins
  • How do you create a funnel of your own?
    • Work with your principal and share the vision for getting into classrooms by first meeting with all teachers.
    • Have your meeting dates set up with the principal before the PD session
    • Have your follow up email and resources ready to go
    • End the PD session by telling the teachers that they will be seeing you in their classrooms to support on this new skill that is being requested by the principal.

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