Collaborative Leadership Coaching
Professional Development Credit – Successful completion of the Micro-Credential will provide 9 hours of professional development credit for Illinois learners.
Overview – Collaborative Leadership Coaching involves collegial, partnership coaching in which the coach and educational leader are focused on jointly working together to raise and improve the level of educational leadership skills. During these two-way conversations, the coach engages the educational leader in collegial, collaborative conversations to address leadership issues or initiatives and develop a plan of action by directing and guiding the conversation. The coach provides support and works with the educational leader collaboratively to jointly develop plans to improve performance. This approach and coaching role are different from that of the Reflective, or Directive Leadership Coaching.
Essential Outcomes – Collaborative Leadership Coaching includes the following four identified essential outcomes:
1. Engage in a collegial, trusting relationship to address and analyze leadership issues or initiatives.
2. Communicate collaboratively in an outcome-based conversation.
3. Provide evidence-based communicative feedback, resources, and support to guide or direct the collaborative, collegial conversation.
4. Strategize to co-develop goals and a plan of action to improve performance.
Part 1. Overview Questions (1000 word response limit) – Create a responsive narrative that answers the following questions:
a. Describe the strategies you use during collaborative conversations with a school leader that build and further preserve trusting relationships while addressing leadership issues or initiatives.
b. What dialogue and questioning strategies do you use to ensure a collaborative outcomes-based conversation with an educational leader?
c. How have you prepared for and provided actionable, evidence-based feedback during a collaborative coaching conversation?
d. What strategies do you incorporate with an educational leader to ensure regular follow-up, so they might reflect on what worked, what could have worked better, and proposed changes?
Part 2. Work Examples/Artifacts – Develop a 10-15 minute video of you coaching an educational leader that captures the essential outcomes for Collaborative Leadership Coaching. The video should allow the assessor to see both you and the individual you are coaching so that both verbal and non-verbal language are audible and visible.
Part 3. Self-Analysis of the Skill – Complete a written analysis of your video artifact to self-assess the inclusion of the essential outcomes of collaborative leadership coaching. Use a scripting technique or narrative summary to demonstrate to the assessor how you have shown evidence of ALL essential outcomes.
Part 4. Reflection – Submit, in writing, a summary of your experience of reflective leadership coaching (500-word minimum) to highlight and provide specific examples of how you applied the four components of Collaborative Leadership Coaching. This could include topics covered and how you supported the school leader and worked collaboratively to develop a plan to improve. Include a reflection about the impact of this skill on your professional practice and how you will continue to apply it in the future.