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The Teaming Edge Podcast

A show about educational leaders and the actions they take to support team and school performance.


Student-Centered Coaching with Diane Sweeney
What does student-centered coaching look like in your school? Diane Sweeney breaks down student-centered coaching to support your teachers and teams.Diane Sweeney has been an author and educational consultant since 1999.  The author of Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Corwin, 2021), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching  (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), et al., Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.TopicsJoyce & Showers Research  [01:56] The importance of instructional coaching [03:15]What is student-centered coaching? [05:21]Coaching continuum [07:29]Visible Learning [10:53]Defining the roles of a coach and a principal [13:39]Equity and coaching [17:16]How to coaches can appropriately communicate teacher progress with their principal [20:28]Providing choice around task, time, technique, and team [23:38]Build collective efficacy by letting coaches do their job [26:20]Push and pull of a coaching culture [29:30]Student centered coaching moves [30:54]What does a student-centered coaching cycle look like? [32:09]The duration of coaching cycles [36:01]Outcomes for a coaching cycle: primary vs secondary levels [38:07]Checklists vs Look-Fors [41:23]Team coaching [43:29]Diane’s challenge [47:09]Link and resources from the show:Diane Sweeney’s booksJim Knight’s book: Instructional Coaching: A partnership approach to improving instructionVisible Learning research and John Hattie’s first book, Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievementJames Flaherty’s Integral Coaching and book, Coaching: Evoking excellence in others
50:02 10/31/22
Team Form and Function with Dr. Jennie Weiner
What is the form and function of your school’s instructional leadership team? Dr. Jennie Weiner shares key insights on local school instructional leadership teams.Dr. Jennie Weiner is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Connecticut, Neeg School of Education. Jennie is an author and expert on issues of women education and care work and has written over 40 peer review journals on gender, race and leadership; educator professionalism and practice; teacher leadership and teams; and organizational improvement, culture, and policy. TopicsTeacher leadership team membership criteria  [06:30] Competition for resources [09:44]Shared decision making [12:20]Professional norms [14:44]Psychological safety and Zones of Proximal Development [18:11] Technical vs Adaptive routines [22:45]Having a voice [26:16]Function of a PLC & ILT [27:45]Equity, logic, capacity, coherence [31:00]Initiative audit [36:55]Leadership actions [37:57]Link and resources from the show:Jennie’s dissertation; Investigating Instructional Leadership Teams in Action: The Impact of School Context on Team Functioning and AuthorityJennie’s book: The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders: Principles and ProcessesJennie's 2014 article; Disabling conditions: Investigating instructional leadership teams in actionRichard Hackman's book, Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great PerformancesSummary of research from Ruth Wagemn and Richard Hackman on the 6 enabling conditions of a teamHere’s a short and simple explanation of  Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)Edmondson, Amy C., Monica Higgins, Sara J. Singer, and Jennie Weiner. "Understanding Psychological Safety in Healthcare and Education Organizations: A Comparative Perspective." Special Issue on the Role of Psychological Safety in Human Development. Research in Human Development 13, no. 1 (2016): 65–83.Single, Double, & Triple-Loop LearningFollow Jennie Weiner on twitter @jenniewienerFind more information about Jenni Weiner and her services at www.drjennieweiner.comDon’t miss out on my free team assessmentsLearn more about me at
43:31 10/13/22
From Personality Typology to Polarity Thinking with Dr. Jane Kise
From Personality Typing to Polarity Thinking, Dr. Jane Kise shares her insights on how leaders can be more intentional, systemic, and practical in their work. Jane Kise, an educational consultant with extensive experience in leadership, instructional coaching, differentiation, and effective mathematics instruction, is considered a worldwide expert in Jungian type and its impact on leadership and education. The author of over 20 books, she works with schools and businesses, facilitating the creation of environments where everyone—leaders, teachers and students—can flourish. She trains educators around the world on coaching, collaborative practices, effective change processes, and differentiated instruction, especially in mathematics. A frequent conference keynote speaker, her past engagements include education conferences and type conferences across the United States and in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand. Jane has also written articles for several magazines and has received awards for her differentiated coaching research. Jane currently teaches doctoral courses in education leadership for the University of St. Thomas and is a past faculty member of the Center for Applications of Psychological Type. She served as President of the Association for Psychological Type International. She holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is certified in Neuroscience and Jungian Personality, TopicsJane’s early career in education (2:18)Personality types (5:33)Dr. Dario Nard and personality (7:26)Personality typing as a tool for professional growth and increases in student achievement (8:34)Differentiated Coaching framework (16:30)Greatest challenges in supporting educators (22:07)Polarity Thinking (23:21)Holistic Leadership (27:44)Advice to leaders navigating uncertain times (34:33)Collective Efficacy (37:42)Masculine and feminine archetypes in leadership (41:40)Jane’s leadership tip (43:28)Link and resources from the show:About MBTI Carl Jung and Personality TheoryAbout Dr. Dario Nardi About Parker Palmer and summary of 6 paradoxes in educationBarry Johnson: Polarity MapSCARF model worksheetAbout Jennifer AbramsThe Athena Doctrine TedTalkDr. Jane Kise’s Ted Talk: Neuroscience, Jungian Type and Mathematics-Insights into Student Struggles Dr. Jane Kise’s BooksFollow Jane Kise on twitter @JaneKise. Find more information about Jane Kise at janekise.comTake the next step with my free Collective Efficacy Ass
46:33 9/26/22
Professional Learning Communities with Steve Barkley
Teaching is a team sport and a transparent act. Steve Barkley shares his insights on the power of a Professional Learning Community. For the past 40 years, Steve has served as an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author, his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world.TopicsSteve’s unusual start to his career in education (2:11)Teaching as a Team Sport and a Transparent Act (5:39)Vulnerability in teaching, learning, and leadership (7:37)Power in a PLC (9:53)Teachers as professionals (12:03)Psychological safety (13:14)Steve’s Theory of Action (15:44)Forming a hypothesis (20:59)Individual-Franchise-Team (22:34)Coaching teams where they are (25:04)What are the outcomes for a Leadership PLC? (27:17)How PLCs effectively manage their time (30:29)DuFours 3 Big Ideas (35:47)Implementing best practices (36:27)PLC’s impact and achievement scores (37:48)Learning equity (40:26)Margaret Wheatley’s influence: “acting crisis like in non-crisis times” (43:14)Steve’s one thing: model the model (45:25)Links and resources from the show:Learning by Doing: A handbook for professional learning communities at workBackwards planningSharing vs teaming blogSteve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast: A Conversation with Jim Knight (14:40-19:00)John Hattie on Effect Sizes and a year’s worth of growthDuFour & DuFour: 3 Big IdeasMargaret Wheatley book, A Simpler Way Steve’s references to Margeret Wheatley work: We are all in this together blog and Working Together podcast episodeFollow Steve Barkley on twitter @stevebarkley. Find more information about Steve Barkley at barkleypd.comTake the next step with my free Collective Efficacy Assessment to identify the key leader actions to foster Collective Efficacy on your team(s). Learn more about how I can support your teams at or
49:43 9/12/22
Collective Efficacy with Dr. Jenni Donohoo
What is Collective Teacher Efficacy and how can it make an impact on team performance and student achievement? Dr. Jenni Donohoo shares key insights to help leaders foster collective efficacy in their teams.Dr. Jenni Donohoo is a five-time best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 20 years experience in leading school change. Jenni works in school divisions across North America supporting high-quality professional learning designed to improve outcomes for all students. As the Director of the Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy, Jenni has been recognized internationally as an educational thought leader and has delivered keynote speeches nationally and internationally. She has a PhD in Educational Studies and Supervisory Officer Qualifications and has taught in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.TopicsCollective Efficacy defined  [4:17] Collective efficacy and expectations [5:43] Beliefs [6:46]4 Sources of efficacy (9:10)Relationship between individual self efficacy and collective efficacy (11:13)Social persuasion (12:04)Vicarious experiences (13:55)Concerns Based Adoption Model (17:28)Stages of Concern (20:18)Enabling conditions (24:04)Looking at student work (27:00)Zones of Comfort (29:47)Stages of psychological safety (31:52)How to get started with fostering collective efficacy among your team (34:34)Jenni’s new book (37:04)Links and resources from the show:Rachel Eells 2011 dissertation Meta-Analysis of the Relationship Between Collective Teacher Efficacy and Student AchievementJohn Hattie researchMihaly Csikszentmihalyi: FlowConcerns Based Adoption Model with Dr. Shirley Hord and Dr. Gene HallDr. Rober Keegan stages of adult developmentDr. Ellie Drago-Severson on Adult LearningDr. Judith Warren Little seminal article; The Persistence of Privacy: Autonomy and Initiative in Teachers’ Professional RelationsGoogle’s Project Aristotle on What makes a team effectiveDr. Timothy Clark: Psychological Safety (video)Follow Jenni Donohoo on twitter @jenni_donohoo. Find more information about Jenni Donohoo at the next step with my free Collective Efficacy Assessment to identify the key leader actions to foster Collective Efficacy on your team(s). Learn more about how I can support your teams at or
40:48 9/12/22
Season 1 Trailer
Hey, this is John Willis and I am so excited to share with you my new podcast. It’s called The Teaming Edge podcast. Every couple of weeks I will be talking with best selling authors, education consultants, and education leaders just like you. We will go deep on topics that will support your team leadership so that you can foster a culture of learning among your teams that leads to increases in student achievement. So join me as we talk with great guests like:Dr. Jenni DonohooDr. Jane KiseDr. Diane SweeneySteve BarkleyDr. Jennie WeinerDr. Peter DeWittLearn more about me at or
02:21 8/31/22