Council of Coaches
Dale Alekel, King County Green Schools
Aaron Clark, Stewardship Partners
Richard Gelb, King County DNRP Performance Measures Manager
Kas Kinkead, Cascade Design Collaborative, Principal
Nicole Laky, Seattle Public Schools, Resource Conservation Office
Mike Talarico, McKinstry
Mark Johnson, Miller-Hull Partnership
Casey Ralston, NOAA
Michael Reese, Bellevue College
Jacqui Schultz, WA. Dept. of Ecology
Stacy Smedley, SEED Collaborative
Roles and Responsibilities
Coaches make an annual commitment to their own personal and professional learning through the art of coaching the next generation. Coaches are deeply familiar with the purpose and structure of the Sustainability Ambassadors approach and engage directly with students to enhance the effectiveness of our team work plans, the integrity of our research, the reach of our message and our capacity to lead. We view our shared learning as an intergenerational team of Sustainability Ambassadors.
Coaches represent a broad range of expertise in sustainability fields from science to policy, green business to green building, community organization to communications. The Coaches Council will grow to a working membership of about 20 coaches who participate in an annual rhythm of activities in collaboration with the Ambassadors via Sustainable Systems College.
Coaches share the following attributes…
- You are skilled in facilitating learning across generations.
- You are a natural collaborator, networker and builder of partnerships.
- You are knowledgeable about local sustainability issues and related policy.
- You are Interested in how to measure broad behavior change.
- You are a model “systems thinker.”
Time Commitment and Expectations
Coaches are expected to support the annual rhythm of student leadership activities outlined in the Sustainable Systems College Master Calendar. Coaches attend three “Critique Circles” during the summer (June, July, August) and three during the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring) to identify opportunities to integrate your work plan and ours for collective impact. The Winter Critique Circle is a strategic planning retreat.
Coaches help provide training venues and facilitate work-space tours to promote career awareness.
Throughout the course of an academic year, Coaches make themselves available to provide individual project support for one or more highly motivated students with a clearly articulated, student-driven work plan. The relationship between apprentice and coach is built on shared interest and personal rapport with an emphasis on mutual gain for both parties.