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.
For me, having a personal coach was two pronged. 1) I wanted to do a better job and spend more time in the classrooms. 2) I also wanted to have tools in my toolbox to support my building principals who were implementing the FundamentalsTM as well.
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.
The Breakthrough Coach has enabled me to engage in activities designed to empower everyone in the educational community to reach their full potential. I have the time, the energy and the intentional focus to empower every stakeholder to focus on the learner.
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.
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.
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.
I have never encountered something that in two days has the power to change both personally and professionally how you operate, live your life, the results you get and the impact it has on you and others. You will develop your team and you'll bring balance to your life.
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.
We're hitting a perfect storm right now – Common Core, a new assessment system and a new teacher evaluation system – but because of the structure of the Breakthrough principles and the support I get from my Coach, we're weathering the storm. I honestly believe we are on the track to a significant breakthrough in student performance because of how we're managing all these things.