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Lecture on student-centered coaching highlights American Education Week program

November 20, 2014

UW-Madison's School of Education will celebrate American Education Week by hosting a free, public lecture on Thursday night, Nov. 20, that speaks to the merits of student-centered coaching.

The presentation, by Diane Sweeney, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room. It is grounded in a simple but powerful premise: that coaching can be designed to directly impact student learning. When the focus is shifted from “fixing” teachers to collaborating with them to design needs-based instruction, coaching becomes both more respectful and results-based.

Diane Sweeney
Sweeney will discuss how a student-centered coaching model is driven by data and established within a culture of learning. Participants will hear how focusing on student learning can make a measurable impact on both student learning and teacher practice.

This talk is geared toward teachers, school leaders, coaches, district administrators and parents. Although it is free and open to the public, registration is requested.

Sweeney has been a national consultant since 1999.  After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, she served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then, Sweeney has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development

Sweeney is the author of “Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level,” “Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals,” and “Learning Along The Way: Professional Development by and for Teachers.” She holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. She 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.

Prior to Sweeney’s talk, explore the Education Building’s "gallery walk," with the Morgridge Commons showcasing a variety of teacher resources and opportunities from across the School of Education.

To learn more, visit the School of Education’s American Education Week web page.