Oakland Schools Consultant Coaching

When requested, consultants from the Literacy Team will support educators’ growth by working in an instructional coaching capacity.  Coaching is a growth and empowerment model built on a positive coaching relationship, clear expectations between the coach and coachee,  and focused conversations. During coaching sessions, consultants are also able to demonstrate pedagogical moves and provide additional support.  If you would like  explore the possibility of working with an Oakland Schools consultant in a coaching relationship, please contact a member of the Literacy Team.

Coaching for MiExcel Schools

The Oakland Schools Literacy Team also provides coordination and support for contracted coaching services in schools part of the MiExcel Statewide System of Support.  This work is carried out in partnership with consultants from Oakland Schools’ School Quality Department.  Educators who serve as contracted coaches are required to complete the Coaching 101 course offered at the state level.  Our consultants then help coaches interface with school personnel and plan and carry out their work.

Coaching Training for Educators

Oakland Schools works to develop coaching and leadership capacity among educators across the county.  Our coaching approach is based on the Ontological Coaching Model.  Les Howard, the literacy consultant who conducts the Oakland Schools Coaching Program, trained under Julio Olalla.  Olalla established the Newfield Network and is one of the creators of Ontological Coaching.

A fundamental concept of this model of coaching is that of the “observer.”  What we observe indicates what is possible for us.  More specifically, we observe and interpret with our body, behavior (moods and emotions), and language.  Helping people see and understand what they are observing and its implications opens them to other possibilities.  Oakland Schools’ Ontological coaches work with teachers to help them notice what they are observing about themselves as educators and support them as they deepen their understanding of teaching and learning.

Participants in the Oakland Schools Coaching Program learn what coaching is and how it differs from similar supports, such as mentoring and consultancy.  The program covers

  • coaching relationships,
  • coaching sessions,
  • coaching conversations,
  • and provides strategies and skills that coaches can use when appropriate.

There is no cost for Oakland County educators to participate the Oakland Schools’ Coaching program.  If you would like to know more, please contact Les Howard.