Educators deserve life coaching.
I don’t mean educators should beg for life coaching from their institutions.
I mean educators should have life coaching as part of their contracts. As a benefit of employment. As an option of services they can use for their own personal growth and well-being.
And I mean all educators – teachers, administrators, staff – anyone who bears some responsibility for educating learners is an educator.
Education leaders (because every educator is a leader) at every level, pk teachers to university presidents, are burned out. Educating the nation under normal circumstances is herculean. Doing so during a pandemic becomes nearly impossible. Most districts and institutions offer a variety of development opportunities for educators. These opportunities largely provide training on how to develop protocols and pedagogies, but focus less on how to see students as people or how to develop personally. Many education leaders feel they must spend their time managing processes and meeting mandates more than developing people and themselves, which leaves them discouraged. These feelings lead to burnout and a vicious cycle of throwing solutions at the wrong problems.
Coaching can help.
According to the Institute of Coaching (n.d.), the benefits of coaching in organizations include the following: increased employee engagement and performance, development of personal responsibility, and demonstrated organizational commitment to employee growth. Van Oosten (2013) adds that coaching “amplifies leader work engagement and career satisfaction,” (Conclusions) honing in, specifically, on the benefit coaching relationships have for leaders. Furthermore, the occurrence of a coaching ripple effect explains that people connected to leaders who receive coaching also experience “positive increases in wellbeing” (O’Connor & Cavanagh, 2014). Coaching provides benefits for both the educators receiving coaching and the people who interact with them, like students, colleagues, family members, and beyond.
Educators understand the benefit in coaching. We coach our students all the time. We even coach each other.
But who is there when the educators need a coach?
Are you an educator seeking to do the following?
- learn strategies to move beyond limiting beliefs
- develop your strengths and leadership style
- plan, set, and attain your goals
- dive into your passions and dreams
- live out the unique design God planted inside of you
- transform your life
If that sounds like you, then, sign up for a complimentary 1:1 session with me to see what coaching is all about.
And talk with your colleagues, institutions, and districts about coaching. I offer coaching to individuals, but my goal is to offer coaching through institutions, so every educator can access the coaching they deserve.
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