Rebecca Frazier, PhD, has centered her professional career around learning and sharing how to become an effective coach in a variety of situations. When teachers feel encouragement and love as well as being supported by a technically skilled and com¬petent coach, both the positive energy to persevere and the skills needed to meet difficult challenges are produced. This holistic way of delivering coaching, that includes a focus on personal development, benefits all involved in the process: students, teachers, coaches, and leaders. Rebecca’s doctoral research included a qualitative and quantitative study dedicated to answering the question, “What makes an effective instructional coach?” which became the foundation for her book, The Joy of Coaching: Characteristics of Effective Instructional Coaches.
Her years as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, trainer of instructional coaches, district facilitator for coaching program development, and a K–8 principal have provided her with a multi-tiered perspective of the coaching process. Rebecca sees coaching as the “go to” professional development strategy that, when delivered with caring and competence, inspires joy and professional success.
Title: Finding Joy in your Coaching Role
Coaches face unique challenges as they strive to empower others. They typically begin coaching after successful classroom experiences where they were respected and appreciated not only by many children, but by parents and colleagues as well. Moving into a coaching role can be quite a transition. Working with adults instead of children or teens presents its own set of challenges. Learning how to effectively support and help teachers choose and implement positive instructional strategies and solutions to problems while resisting the urge to take over and fix everything is not only necessary in order to be a productive and happy coach, but is an incredibly helpful life skill. Coaching expands our influence and for that influence to be a happy and effective one, we want to enjoy our daily coaching work. This keynote addresses challenges coaches face and provides specific ways to find more purpose and joy as a coach.