Leading in a Crisis: Embracing Transformation, Part Two

As I mentioned in Part One of this blog post, I have spoken with dozens of (mostly) school leaders over the last six weeks. These campus and district/system leaders have, within a very short time, accomplished the heavy lift of moving all instruction on-line, of ensuring connectivity and nutrition to thousands of students and their families. And, they’ve created a sense of security in uncertain … Continue reading Leading in a Crisis: Embracing Transformation, Part Two

Leading in a Crisis : Embracing Transformation

  I have spoken with dozens of leaders over the last several weeks, most of them school—both campus and district/system—leaders. These leaders, in a very short period of time, have accomplished the heavy lift of moving all instruction on-line, of distributing laptops, tablets and hot spots in order to ensure that students have access and connectivity, of making sure that students receive food and nutrition, … Continue reading Leading in a Crisis : Embracing Transformation

Dr. Jennifer Parvin and Dr. Donna Micheaux are presenting at the Learning Forward Annual Conference in St. Louis.

Presenting at Learning Forward National Conference 2019

Session Title:  What Is the Power of Leading With Questions? Our Half-Day Session is for:  District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents In Our Engaging and Interactive Session, We Will: Explore the role and power of asking questions to build instructional leadership and organizational capacity. Reflect on the use of questions in your leadership practice. Learn how other senior district leaders … Continue reading Presenting at Learning Forward National Conference 2019

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Rising to the Occasion: Discovering the Real-life Power in Virtual Coaching

Three weeks after our final session coaching in the Virtual Reality Lab, my students were still animated and engaged as we discussed their experience coaching Linda, the avatar. Why was this virtual coaching experience such a powerful learning experience for these learners? Experiential learning through role-playing has always been a consistent part of the coaching classes that I teach. Students practice coaching one another around … Continue reading Rising to the Occasion: Discovering the Real-life Power in Virtual Coaching

Unlocking the Transformational Power of Instructional Coaching: Five Ways to Ensure a Positive and Powerful Impact Part Two

In Part One of my series on how to unlock the potential of transformational coaching, I described an eye-opening conversation I had with Principal Navarro, a former instructional coach, now a rock star middle-school principal North Texas school district. Principal Navarro (not her real name) was frustrated that the instructional coaches on her campus—trained and assigned by the district—were not making the kind of positive … Continue reading Unlocking the Transformational Power of Instructional Coaching: Five Ways to Ensure a Positive and Powerful Impact Part Two

Unlocking the Transformational Potential of Instructional Coaching: Five Ways to Ensure a Positive and Powerful Impact Part One

Every good coach understands that we all have our own unique meaning-making mental maps. So, when a client says, “I want more student engagement, high-quality collaboration, or job fulfillment,” our first response as a coach is, “When you say ‘engagement,’ ‘collaboration,’ ‘fulfillment,’ what exactly do you mean?” “What are the pictures in your mind when you say this?” To unlock the potential of transformational coaching, … Continue reading Unlocking the Transformational Potential of Instructional Coaching: Five Ways to Ensure a Positive and Powerful Impact Part One

Unlocking the Potential of Transformational Coaching: Five Ways to Ensure a Positive and Powerful Impact Part One

Had an eye-opening conversation with a middle-school principal this week. A highly effective and innovative leader, this principal had been a rock-star instructional coach in a well-regarded Texas charter system prior to moving into the principalship in a North Texas school district at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Principal Navarro (not her real name) became frustrated that the instructional coaches on her campus—trained … Continue reading Unlocking the Potential of Transformational Coaching: Five Ways to Ensure a Positive and Powerful Impact Part One

Published in The Learning Professional

Jennifer Parvin and Donna Micheaux have an article in the April 2018 issue of the Learning Forward magazine.  Excerpt below: How can we use principal evaluation as a tool for growth? We grappled with this question as we worked with principals and principal supervisors who were implementing new principal evaluation systems across the United States. As we progressed, one thing became clear: Principal evaluation systems … Continue reading Published in The Learning Professional

Twelve Books That Influenced Me in 2017

I love to read. It is a low-cost and highly pleasurable conduit for professional development and personal reflection and insight. I like challenging and thought-provoking fiction (The Goldfinch and Lincoln in the Bardo are two recent faves), as well as an intense thriller (Bluebird, Bluebird) and a good British mystery. High on my 2018 list is the book that Bill Gates called “the most inspiring … Continue reading Twelve Books That Influenced Me in 2017

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Achieving Your Goals in 2017

Are you with me and 40% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions each year?  Are you in the 8% who actually achieve these goals?  Here are some ways that we can be a part of the group of people who make real progress toward envisioning and achieving goals this year.

First, focus on actions that move  you toward your goal.  I came across an article several months ago pointing out that exactly 100 days remained in 2016.  I realized that to come close to achieving the goals I had set for myself in 2016, I needed to take some concrete steps… Continue reading Achieving Your Goals in 2017