Making Coaching Matter:
Leading Continuous Improvement in Schools
Making Coaching Matter is a guide to how schools and districts can maximize their investment in coaching by better understanding:
What coaching is;
What the research says about the effectiveness of coaching;
How coaching supports equity;
How coaching can support a school or district strategy for improving teaching and learning;
How to increase a school or district capacity for coaching;
How to create the conditions for coaching to be effective;
How to connect coaching with continuous improvement;
How to measure the effectiveness of coaching.
The authors of Making Coaching Matter have decades of combined experience in the research and practice of coaching.
Dr. Sarah Woulfin is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied instructional coaching across multiple states and, in the early 2000s, served as a Reading First coach in California. With a focus on creating more just schools, Sarah views coaching as a strategy to promote and sustain adult learning and organizational improvement.
I have been interested & invested in coaching since I was a first year principal looking for better ways to interact with my colleagues. When I realized that coaching skills were extremely helpful in becoming a better leader, I was all in. Since then I have coached scores of clients, facilitated coaching workshops with Kerry, helped many districts with their coaching models, and written about coaching for several publications and in a Substack newsletter called The Coaching Letter. Making Coaching Matter is my second book; the first, The Strategy Playbook, was written with Jennie Weiner.
When I'm being coached I am amazed by the possibilities that emerge--the thinking and breathing space that opens up as a result of pausing and musing. Coaching invites transformation, unfolds potential and demands our honesty. It's our way forward so that we can be better. At everything.