Coaching and Relational Trust with Dr. Kim Richardson – Episode 7
By Nicole S. Turner
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Relationships and trust are the foundation of coaching. When trust exists, relationships are more collaborative and real growth happens. However, when trust is absent, teachers are less likely to take risks, and opportunities to learn new things are lost.
In episode 7 of The Simply Instructional Coaching Podcast, Dr. Kim Richardson joins me to talk about coaching and relational trust. She’s a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), the chief strategic consultant for Richardson Coaching and Consulting LLC, and is currently the Organizational Development Coordinator for Hampton City Schools.
During our conversation, Dr. Kim gives us a sneak peek of her session at the 5th annual Simply Coaching Summit. She shares tips on how to authentically build relational trust with teachers and administrators. We talk about the power of coaching, what trust means, establishing a coaching environment, and creating a communication compact. Dr. Kim also provides strategies for navigating situations where the teacher doesn’t trust the coach or when the coach has lost trust in a teacher.
Topics Covered in Episode 7 – Coaching and Relational Trust with Dr. Kim Richardson
- The power of coaching in education
- Ideas for authentically developing relationships and trust with teachers
- Dr. Kim’s background and her coaching journey
- A sneak peek at Dr. Kim’s session at the 5th annual Simply Coaching Summit called, “Coaching and Relational Trust”
- The importance of building relational trust in the coaching and showing yourself to be trustworthy
- Establishing a coaching environment
- Understanding what trust means and protecting the relationship by creating a communication compact
- How developing relational trust helps teachers share their challenges and fears
- Being a safe space for new teachers
- What to do when the teacher doesn’t trust the coach or the coach loses trust in the teacher
- Strategies for developing relationships when trust was broken by the previous coach
Dr. Kim is one of my favorite coaches. I’m so excited to have her on the show and as a presenter at the Simply Coaching Summit. If you’re looking for strategies to build trust with teachers so that real growth can take place check out the entire episode.
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Dr. Kim Richardson Bio:
Dr. Kim is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the chief strategic consultant for Richardson Coaching and Consulting LLC, and is currently the Organizational Development Coordinator for Hampton City Schools in Virginia. Additionally, she serves as president-elect for the Virginia Learning Forward Board of Directors and is a member of the VASCD Conference Committee.
In her current role, she coordinates and delivers professional learning on instruction, coaching, and leadership for school and division-level staff. She loves to bring to life her findings on leadership, identity, and development from her dissertation: leaders, especially coaches, are recruited and developed! In her prior role as Title I Instructional Coordinator, Dr. Kim created the district’s instructional coaching program and was featured in Jim Knight’s book Focus on Teachers. Prior, she served as elementary school principal, technology curriculum instructional specialist, and elementary classroom teacher. Dr. Kim loves spending time with her three sons and her husband as well as teaching Zumba® fitness classes and dancing all of her cares away!
Since 2014, she has supported individuals and organizations in the education industry in meeting their goals in a variety of capacities. She is currently the Organizational Development Coordinator for Hampton City Schools; she coordinates and delivers professional learning for teachers, school and district administrators, specialists, and instructional coaches in the areas of leadership, instruction, supervision, and coaching.