Coaching in a virtual space looks and feels much different than when we are physically together. Identify the characteristics of powerful conversations, including advancement of an agenda, shared learning, and a stronger relationship. Examine how the principles of great listening (i.e. focusing in a visible way, sorting and compartmentalizing needs and wants, recognizing the feeling as well as the content, and balancing inquiry, advocacy and judgment) manifest in virtual spaces. Explore the five primary types of powerful conversations. Practice facilitating conversations that actualize strategy.
Allison Rodman is the founder of The Learning Loop, an education consulting organization that provides professional learning design, facilitation, and leadership coaching services to districts, schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses internationally. Allison is an ASCD faculty member and author of Personalized Professional Learning: A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice (ASCD, 2019). Her work focuses on adult learners, and she has written for Educational Leadership on professional learning, effective teams, and educator social-emotional wellness (December 2020) as well as EdWeek Teacher and Edutopia. You can follow her on Twitter @thelearningloop.