What Our Graduates Are Saying | The Breakthrough Coach
  • The Personalized Coaching was a great example of what being a coach is: listening, seeing the deficiencies, giving advice, and then letting you try to practice the strategies. There weren’t a lot of directives. It felt more like critical friends, someone who has already been there and knows where you’re headed.
    Charmaine Tourse, Principal, Dolan Middle School, Stamford, CT
  • Day 3 is a chance for you to take a breath, revisit what you're doing and how you're doing it. You spend time with your secretary to operationalize the most important elements of the Breakthrough Coach Fundamentals™. There is ample opportunity to talk with colleagues, share winning strategies and work through the challenges we all face.
    Dan Snowberger, Superintendent, Durango School District 9-R, Durango, CO
  • Day 3 is the next level. At Day 3 you’re able to take the time to make changes and hear from other colleagues. You get advice on steps they’ve taken you haven’t tried yet. It’s truly beneficial because when one of your peers has been successful, you’re more willing to try it.
    Heidi Gryniewski, Teaching and Learning Secretary, Owatonna Public Schools, Owatonna, MN
  • It’s absolutely been life changing. I'm home for family. I'm a better administrator. I finally can talk about vision, start implementing things and work on the culture of the building. It's absolutely related to The Breakthrough Coach because I'm out in the classroom three days a week. That is a huge turnaround. It's almost incomprehensible.
    Aisha Thomas, Principal, Fort Collins, CO
  • For the first time ever all my teacher evaluations are done two weeks early and it's because of the Breakthrough Coach. It's because I leveraged my secretary in scheduling all the conferences I needed to do with individual teachers about their evaluations. It saved me tons of time.
    A principal’s note to Jeff Holm, Former Assistant Superintendent, Minot Public School District, Minot, ND
  • We're seeing major progress in closing the achievement gap because our principals have spent the time in classrooms, recognizing that's their job. Having a focus on instructional leadership and providing principals tools to do that without burning them out I think has been a critical reason why we're finding the success in our district.
    Dan Snowberger, Superintendent, Durango School District 9-R, Durango, CO
  • I loved the opportunity to sit down and really reflect on our Breakthrough Coach practices. It was so valuable to be able to deepen the habits and the foundation that we built from the 2-Day course.
    Melodee Hoffner, Principal, Owatonna Alternative Learning Center, Owatonna MN
  • Implementing the Breakthrough Coach successfully in a district means continuous involvement and coaching. Day 1 and Day 2 sets the practices in motion. Day 3 reveals where we all are on the “continuum” of implementation. It’s essential. It’s also important to remember the Breakthrough Coach is ongoing professional growth that not only improves your professional life, it improves your personal life.
    Eric Prater, Superintendent, San Luis Coastal USD, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • The Breakthrough Coach gave our principals permission to have a personal life. They were healthier, happier and doing a better job. The secretaries felt much more valued and much more a part of what the mission of the district was. It was not only a win for me and our principals, the secretaries were finally feeling validated and valued.
    Jeff Holm, Former Assistant Superintendent, Minot Public School District, Minot, ND
  • If you're looking to do capacity-building within your building, to distribute leadership responsibility, The Breakthrough Coach is a way to train and create a relationship with your secretary. Doing that allows you to do the educational leadership things the state is evaluating you on as a school leader.
    Everett Lyons, Association Associate Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Schools, Cheshire, CT