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Coaching and Facilitation Skills for School Leaders and Teacher Leaders

As a coach "coaching others" to others develop facilitation and instructional skills, I have seen the power of learning protocols and strategic support to move professional learning forward.

In working together, it is important to focus on the importance of building strong relationships, active listening skills and applying specific communication strategies such as pausing, paraphrasing, questioning and empowering others to move out of their comfort zone to risk take with support.

Facilitation is a powerful leadership skill and style that helps a group move forward. As Ingrid Bens (2012) offers:

" Workplaces need to harness the intelligence, commitment, and energy of all their members. This level of engagement can only be fostered by a shift in leadership - from telling to asking and from controlling to facilitating" (p. 43).

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