Coaching for School Administrators and Educators

Professional coaching not only benefits Administrators and Educators in their critical and life-affirming work, but also has a profound impact on the students and communities they serve. Through the intentional and ongoing practice of reflection, self-care, support, and planning, Administrators and Educators who engage in Coaching with the IFSEL team can bring clarity, purpose, and emotional health to all they do.

“Working with my Coach has been incredible. Starting this new role, I knew that I would struggle with my confidence and decision making. After starting to work together over the summer, I felt 100% more confident in my work, reflecting on practice, and handling some really difficult situations. I have learned so much from the coaching process and never want it to end!”
—IFSEL Coachee and Middle School Educator

Why IFSEL? Meet the Team

IFSEL’s Team brings decades of experience to coaching work - as Administrators, SEL- specialists, Counselors, Non-Profit CEOs, and Researchers. We know that coaching thrives when there is a strong connection between coachee and their coach, so we’re dedicated to listening to your hopes and finding the right match.

Coaching Services

IFSEL provides coaching services to school leaders, counselors, administrators, and educators at all levels to:

  • Reflect upon and develop teaching and leadership practices
  • Lead with SEL at the heart of next steps
  • Maintain a commitment to self- and communal care
  • Reaffirm self-confidence to build ideas into action
  • Plan and implement a Whole Community Approach to SEL
  • Manage change and difficult situations
  • Explore goals, motivations, and aspirations for the future

Benefits of Coaching

Abundant research from around the world and testimony from many Administrators and Educators makes clear that coaching has a positive impact on wellbeing, leadership skills, student outcomes, and can reduce stress and avoid burnout.

Read more here:
National Foundation for Educational Research’s Report - Mentoring And Coaching for Professionals: a Study of the Research Evidence
and
Leeds Beckett University's Report:
Sustaining a Vital Profession: A research report into the impact of Leadership Coaching in schools.

IFSEL’s Coaching Approach and Processes

IFSEL’s creative and experiential approach to coaching is grounded in the belief that many of the answers we seek are already known, and that the process of reflection and discussion can help us move ahead with courage, hope, and a sense of personal renewal.

All IFSEL’s coaching processes are personalized - we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be effective.

  • Schedule a free 30-minute conversation and we will work with you to identify a coach from our team that best matches your situation and goals for coaching.
  • You and your coach will then work to co-create a plan and objectives for the 6-session Coaching Program.
  • We recommend that you schedule your sessions for the Coaching Program over a 6 month period, with no more than a month between sessions.
  • Further sessions can be scheduled on a rolling basis after the initial 6-sessions Coaching Program is complete.  
  • You will have email and phone access to your coach in between sessions.


Interested in finding out more?

Who We Work With

Since 2009, IFSEL has worked with more than 7,000 educators from 700 schools across the US and internationally.

Our client list includes:

African Leadership Academy
Alabama City Schools, AL
American School in Japan, Tokyo
American School of Doha Dakar
Athena Academy, CA
Averroes Academy, CA
Bacich Elementary School, CA
Bertschi School, WA
Boys and Girls Club of Northern San Mateo County
Branksome Hall, Toronto
Brawerman Elementary School, CA
Castilleja School, CA
Charlotte Country Day School, NC
Colorado Academy, CO
Cupertino School District, CA
Dalton School, NY
Eastside Preparatory School, WA
École Maternelle, CA
Evergreen School, WA
Frank Greene Jr. Middle School,  CA
Fremont School District, CA
Frontiers Academy, CA
Galloway School, GA
Georgetown Day School, DC
Gideon Hausner School, CA
Girls Alliance, CA
GirlVentures, CA
Graded - American School in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gunn High School, CA
Hamlin School, CA
Helios School, CA
Horace Mann School,  NY
Imagineerz Camp, CA
International School of the Peninsula
International School of Beijing, China 
John Dorr Nature Laboratory, NY
Keys School, CA
Khan Lab School, CA
La Canada Unified School District, CA
Lake Forest Country Day School, IL
Long Ridge School, CT
Maret School, DC
Marin Country Day School, CA
Marin Montessori, CA
Marin Mothers Club, CA
Marin Primary and Middle School CA
Mark Day School, CA
Men Can Stop Rape
Menlo School,  CA
Miami Country Day School, FL
Millennium School, CA
Minnetonka School District, MN
Mirman School, CA
Miss Porters School, CT
Montessori de Terra Linda, CA
Moorestown Friends School, NJ
National Presbyterian School, DC
NatureBridge CA, WA, DC
Nightingale Bamford School, NY
North Bridge School, CA
North Yarmouth Academy, ME
Oak Hill School, TN
Odyssey School, CA
Open Window School, WA
Packer Collegiate Institute, NY
Palo Alto Unified High School, CA
Pegasus School, CA
Pelham School District, NH
Peninsula Bridge, CA
Piedmont High School, CA
Poly Prep Country Day School, NY
Proof School, CA
Rowland Hall, UT
Sacred Heart School, CA
San Francisco Friends School, CA
San Ramon Valley High School, CA
Science and Arts Academy, IL
Sea Crest School, CA
Seattle Country Day School, WA
Serendipity School, CA
Shady Hill School, MA
Shanghai Community International School, China
Sonoma Country Day School, CA
St Andrews School, TX
St Monica School, CA
St John’s Episcopal School, TX
St. Joseph’s School, CA
St. Luke’s School, NY
St. Mary’s College High School, CA
St. Paul’s Academy, WA
Stamford American International School, Singapore
Stamford American School, Hong Kong
Strafford School, NH
Stuart Hall School, CA
Stuart School, NJ
The Athenian School, CA
The Brandeis School of San Francisco, CA
The Branson School, CA
The Bush School, WA
The Carey School, CA
The Hamlin School, CA
The Nueva School, CA
The Peninsula School, CA
Town School, CA
Trinity School, CA
University Prep High School, WA
Walden School, CA
Wilcox High School, CA
Wildwood School, CA
Woodland School, CA
Woodside Elementary School, CA

Conference Presentations include:

African Leadership Academy Indaba
Ambition School Leadership, UK
Association of American Schools in South America Conference, Brazil
Bay Area Teacher Collaborative Workshop
California Association of Independent Schools
Challenge Success, Stanford University
Columbia Teachers College Conference
East Asia Region Conference (EARCOS) – Administrators 2017
Innovative Learning Conferences
The Klingenstein Institute
Learning and the Brain Conferences
Northwest Association of Independent Schools
San Ramon High School TedX Conference
Stanford University Round Table on Technology & SEL in Schools
NWAIS Student Diversity Leadership Retreat 2018
California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC)

Contact Us

For more information about opportunities for coaching by the Institute, please contact Nick Haisman-Smith at nick@instituteforsel.net

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