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Bloom, G., Castagna, C., Moir, E., & Warren, B. (2005). Blended coaching: Skills and strategies to support principal development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Author: Bloom, G., Castagna, C., Moir, E., & Warren, B.

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This book both advocates for and describes the coaching support necessary to provide job-embedded professional development for use by principals, administrators, coaches, mentors, supervisors, teacher leaders, and anyone concerned with school improvement. Specifically, the book discusses how to provide effective side-by-side coaching support to principals. However, the authors' advice would also be informative for a principal working with his or her own building-level literacy coach(es).

One interesting feature of this book occurs throughout. The authors periodically interrupt their narrative with prompts for reader reflection. Each prompt asks the reader to think like a coach. This feature helps the authors urge readers to apply the book's concepts to their own coaching context, and thus creates reader-text dialogue.

After an in-depth discussion about what effective coaching is, and is not, the authors discuss their title term, Blended Coaching: "If we have made a unique contribution to the community of coaching practice, it is in acknowledging that effective coaches apply and meld a variety of strategies. We suggest that all coaching can be discussed within the context of Blended Coaching Strategies and that this framework is helpful in planning, implementing, and evaluating leadership coaching" (p. 54). According to these authors, Blended Coaching is the model that describes the repertoire of practices used by any effective leadership coach. The Blended Coaching book details those effective practices, and emphasizes the importance of trust-based relationship building as foundation for all coaching ventures.

Date Added: 01/02/2008

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