Coaches Week Experiences
By Adrian Walker
Congratulations to newly trained ENVoY Coaches! Houston, Texas and Portland, Oregon were recent sites for A&J’s annual ENVoY Coaches’ Week trainings. Twenty-three teachers, administrators, and Title I coordinators participated in two extensive 4 and 5 day professional development trainings in October and November.
Coaches week trainings are designed to help participants learn and master 14 ENVoY observation and feedback strategies that support teachers in their efforts to build non-verbal management skills for use with students. The use of ENVoY skills enhances student focus, engagement, and productivity for learners in grades K-12. Participants visited elementary, middle, and high school campuses throughout the week and observed approximately 30 classrooms. This hands-on approach to training ENVoY coaches is the unique design of Michael Grinder, founder of ENVoY.
Kathy Wagner-West, a Portland Public Schools instructor, said, “I am excited to share my new skills with teacher candidates and colleagues to coach them in improving their own management. I also will be more aware of my own use of ENVoY in my classroom.”
Attending administrators also learned how they can build a model for ENVoY sustainability within their district and schools. “Overall, it was an amazing week! I learned a great deal about coaching and how to help my school move in a positive direction,” noted Principal Jessie Arroyos, Queen Creek, AZ.
Newly certified ENVoY coaches who attended the Portland, Oregon training were Katy Wagner-West, Kendall Jensen and Lisa Knudsen (Portland, OR), Dustin Clark (Clatskanie, OR), Jessie Arroyos, Jessica Miller, Patricia Jimenez, and Maria Ethier (Coolidge, AZ), Sarah Brown, Phillip Wendell, Debbie Robison, and Karen Douglass (Stevenson/Carson, WA).
Houston participants were Kathy Stallings (Knowledge Arts Foundation), Alicia Wynn, Kimberly Phillips, Traci Lightfoot, Sonia Smith, Renee Ricca, Lindsey Pollock, Janie O’Conor, Betty Garcia, Dontee Lewis, and Gretta Yeager (all of Houston ISD, Houston,TX). Special appreciation goes to Knowledge Arts Foundation and Mary Yenik for hosting ENVoY’s training days in Houston.
Learn more about ENVoY Coaches’ Week trainings and how your district can improve student instruction by using a management model designed to improve not only behavior but academic performance! Contact Jan Howell-Spiesman at 360-798-2800 or email Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org today!