Coaches Root Out Deep Bias

Coaches Root Out Deep Bias

"Coaches Root Out Deep Bias," JSD, August 2010.

The National Equity Project coaching model is featured in this month’s Journal of Staff Development.  Download the article, “Coaches root out deep bias,” by Valerie von Frank at

Victor Cary, Senior Director and Tom Malarkey, Impact 2012 Program Manager/Senior Coach, are both featured.  The article also highlights the work of Kimi Kean, Oakland Unified School District Regional Executive Officer (and longtime National Equity Project partner) and her experience with National Equity Project coaching.

“Coaching is about developing your inner capacity. It’s about inquiry. What’s your current reality, what data tells you that, what goal do you have, what’s getting in the way, what do you want to try to make that different? Then, once you try, reflecting on it. What did you produce now? Are you closer to your goal? What’s the next strategy you’ll use? It’s about teaching people how to think and problem solve rather than giving people a prescription.

‘Without coaching, we would have had no way out of the rut that we were in,’ Kean said. ‘Coaching helped us look at patterns in data and how we were creating inequities. We’d been so in it that we hadn’t been able to see it clearly. Working with the coach, we had to ask, ‘Why do we think that’s happening? What do we think we can do about it? What’s our role as educators?’”

von Frank, Valerie. “Coaches Root Out Deep Bias,” Journal of Staff Development, August 2010, Vol. 31 No. 4, p. 25.

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