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Professional Development

Make Every English Learner Successful

January 21, 2020 
Build your English learner playbook by providing dynamic tools to support any content area. Coach around crafting opportunities for students to meaningfully engage with content in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. This session will focus on 5 things that make every English learner successful. Join us as we explore the components, purpose , and applications to instruction.  DETAILS

This session will also be available on August 6, 2020. Register for that session here.



Working with the Adult Learner

January 22, 2020
Adult learners have a variety of experiences, learning styles, and needs. Finding the best way to reach and interact with adult learners can be a challenge for academic coaches. This session will explore many of the factors impacting successful coaching relationships by focusing the coach on the best ways to approach the variety of individuals encountered within the school setting and strategies for positive outcomes. DETAILS



Coaching in Mathematics Professional Learning Communities
Developing High-Quality Assessments and Intervention
How do you coach within a PLC to develop high-quality common assessments and use the resulting data to drive instructional decisions? How do you coach within a PLC in a way that keeps the focus on eliminating disproportionality in student outcomes through classroom assessments and data-informed interventions? Explore effective coaching practices for supporting and leading a PLC that examines assessment practices and uses data to inform next steps in instruction. Participants will receive a copy of Mathematics Assessment & Intervention in a PLC at Work.  REGISTER


Coaching Teachers of ELs

Empower educators to support English Learners (ELs) in acquiring English language proficiency and content area knowledge. Instructional coaches will explore learning environments, instructional methodologies, and other considerations that lead to the academic growth and English-language development of ELs.  REGISTER



Planning and Conducting Effective Professional Development to Improve Instructional Capacity

February 4, 2020
Coaches will be presented with tools and step-by-step guidance on how to facilitate effective, meaningful, and timely professional development as part of the Instructional Coaches Series. This session will address: presentation strategies, using data to plan PD, PLCs, and other ways to build teacher capacity. Coaches will leave with tools for direct application and strategies for immediate implementation. DETAILS



The Critical Elements of the Coaching Cycle

February 7, 2020

Learn how to set manageable goals to begin coaching cycles with teachers. Explore how to organize and manage the different phases of each cycle, as well as, ways to communicate effectively with teachers and administrators in order to yield optimal results. DETAILS



Supporting Teachers of Special Student Populations - Kickin’ it Up a Notch

February 21, 2020
Empower teachers to put teaching and learning first for all students through targeted instructional coaching for special student populations (Bilingual, Dyslexia, Homeless Students, Foster Care, Gifted and Talented, Migrant and Special Education). Coaches will examine the unique instructional needs of special student populations and identify practices that are unique to teachers and teaching teams for special populations. Join us as we share best practices to impact transfer of knowledge for adults that lead to classroom implementation and improved student outcomes for all learners.  DETAILS



Coaching in Mathematics Professional Learning Communities

High-Quality Practice and Feedback Through Grading
How do you coach within a PLC to ensure high-quality practice for students and to support consistent grading routines for scoring of student work? How do you coach within a PLC in a way that keeps the focus on eliminating disproportionality in student outcomes through high-quality practice and appropriate grading? Explore effective coaching practices for supporting and leading a PLC that plans intentional student practice and teacher feedback through scoring that results in mathematical proficiency.  Participants will receive a copy of Mathematics Assessment & Intervention in a PLC at Work.  REGISTER
Creating an Instructional Playbook Workshop
March 2, 2020

Instructional playbooks are packed with tools to facilitate the coaching process. Instead of reducing teaching or coaching to following a script, they provide a framework to apply and adjust to the specific needs of a given teacher and their classroom. In settings where a clearly defined set of teaching strategies already exists, this workshop guides coaches and others (e.g., administrators) through the development of an instructional playbook. Participants will develop a usable draft of an instructional playbook that can be adjusted as necessary. 


This workshop is based on The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research Into Practice (2019) by Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas. Participants will receive a copy of this resource as well its complementary workbook.  REGISTER


Better Conversations for Instructional Leaders

June 8, 2020

Effective coaches and instructional leaders communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver through emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth so that will be heard. This workshop introduces 6 beliefs and 10 habits that promote healthy and productive relationships and is based on Better Conversations (Knight, 2016).


Participants will receive a copy of Better Conversations and its supporting workbook. REGISTER



Introduction to Leadership Coaching

June 9, 2020

The quality of the conversations in an organization can critically influence the organization’s effectiveness. This session explores how a coaching orientation, together with a strong coaching process and key coaching skills, can make a significant and immediate difference in the conversations in which school leaders engage every day. It provides leaders with the tools they need to take a coaching approach to all conversations with their teams.


Three areas of focus will guide the structure of the day:

  • The GROWTH Coaching System
  • Coaching Way of Being
  • Key Coaching Skills

This workshop was developed by Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Group to provide a coaching model for administrators, supervisors, and evaluators that is differentiated from an instructional coaching model facilitated by an instructional coach or teacher leader.


Participants will receive a copy of The Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools (Campbell and van Nieuwerburgh, 2018) and the Leaders as Coach Workbook (Knight, 2019). REGISTER

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