The Teaming Edge Podcast

Student-Centered Coaching with Diane Sweeney

October 31, 2022 John Willis Season 1 Episode 5
The Teaming Edge Podcast
Student-Centered Coaching with Diane Sweeney
Show Notes

What does student-centered coaching look like in your school? Diane Sweeney breaks down student-centered coaching to support your teachers and teams.

Diane Sweeney has been an author and educational consultant since 1999.  The author of Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Corwin, 2021), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching  (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), et al., Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.


  • Joyce & Showers Research  [01:56] 
  • The importance of instructional coaching [03:15]
  • What is student-centered coaching? [05:21]
  • Coaching continuum [07:29]
  • Visible Learning [10:53]
  • Defining the roles of a coach and a principal [13:39]
  • Equity and coaching [17:16]
  • How to coaches can appropriately communicate teacher progress with their principal [20:28]
  • Providing choice around task, time, technique, and team [23:38]
  • Build collective efficacy by letting coaches do their job [26:20]
  • Push and pull of a coaching culture [29:30]
  • Student centered coaching moves [30:54]
  • What does a student-centered coaching cycle look like? [32:09]
  • The duration of coaching cycles [36:01]
  • Outcomes for a coaching cycle: primary vs secondary levels [38:07]
  • Checklists vs Look-Fors [41:23]
  • Team coaching [43:29]
  • Diane’s challenge [47:09]

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