About Thania

Thania J. Oller, Ed.D, is a vibrant and engaging educator, and the author of Coaching by Design, is a vibrant engaging educator. Her expertise in education and instructional coaching derives from over twenty years in the field.

Dr. Oller has served as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and instructional coach. She has experience working in diverse school environments, including Title One schools, and close to ten years in the virtual school environment. She has been facilitating professional development for teachers and instructional coaches for the past ten years at the local and state level. Dr. Oller holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, a Master’s Degree in school leadership, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She is certified in English as a Second Language, Spanish K-12, School Leadership, Elementary Education, English 6-12, and Reading/Literacy. She is an Adjunct Professor for Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Oller is an active instructional coach in Florida and has trained instructional coaches in other states. She has served as the Board Secretary for the Florida Literacy Association since 2018.

Session Presentation

Title: Positioning: Why Your Coaching Stance Matters

Positioning implies a location. In marketing, positioning refers to product placement to reach a target consumer. Positioning in instructional coaching refers to our approach as coaches. It’s about the actions we take and how these influence the perception teachers have towards our work. As an instructional coach, we make conscious and unconscious positioning choices each day that affect the impact of our work as coaches. Our ability to build trust with teachers, to impactfully share our expertise, and to become an embedded part of a school culture that fosters coaching relies plenty on how we position ourselves.

This session will discuss several approaches to positioning yourself as a coach. We will discuss when to be experts and when to share expertise, placing yourself as a facilitator or colleague, and when bandage coaching and disruptive coaching come into play.

What to expect?

This session will provide actionable steps to positioning yourself as a coach depending on the coaching task, coaching scenario, or the group of teachers. You will also get keys to determining your positioning and how to switch your coaching approach as you work within the coaching continuum.