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Professional Development



Instructional Coaching Conference: Building Your Coaching Playbook

October 27, 2022  |  Virtual Conference
Every educator needs a coach, but not everyone needs to be coached the same. Expand your instructional coaching repertoire and learn how to best help teachers build their instructional capacity. In this virtual conference, session topics include differentiating the roles of a coach, improving your coaching cycle, acquiring new coaching methods, virtual-remote coaching, refreshing PLCs, planning for student success, building relationships with teachers and administrators, and many more. Join us for this exciting virtual professional learning experience at Region 4!







Dr. Nathan D. Lang-Raad is an educator, speaker, and author. He is the Vice President of Strategy at Savvas Learning. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, elementary school administrator, high school administrator, and university adjunct professor. He was the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, as well as education supervisor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He was also the Chief Education Officer at WeVideo.


Nathan is the author of Everyday Instructional Coaching, The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics co-authored with Dr. Robert Marzano, WeVideo Every Day, Mathematics Unit Planning in a PLC at Work, Instructional Coaching Connection, The Boundless Classroom (with James Witty), and The Teachers of Oz, co-authored with Herbie Raad. 



Keynote: Transform your Coaching Through the Connectome
A coaching connectome is a map of the pathways necessary for effective instructional coaching.  When educators think about a school, they probably think about a complex machine with “many moving pieces and parts.” It’s natural to compare this with the brain and its many neural connections. Each neural pathway has a specific job and role but taken collectively, the whole system works like a processor. Likewise, the idea of a “coaching connection” can serve as an instructional coaching map for the school setting. In this session, we will discuss how the experiences, decisions, behaviors, and interactions flow along specific pathways. These pathways all have distinct functions while retaining their connective nature. The goal of this session is to help coaches learn to use these pathways to best support the teachers they
partner with.
In this session, Dr. Lang-Raad will focus on six pathways: sincerity, confidence, culture, communication, emotional intelligence, and leadership. As coaches, we don’t act in isolation. Our behaviors aren’t one-off decisions based on external stimuli. Our vision drives our goals, and our goals help to establish the outcomes we want to accomplish. The pathways help to connect our vision, our goals, and our outcomes in meaningful ways so that we’re able to make better decisions with confidence while seeing how those decisions impact other aspects of the world—school, classrooms, team meetings, and more—around us.
Breakout: Create your Instructional Coaching Framework
An instructional coaching framework is a map of sorts, and it’s just one crucial part of the larger system of pathways in the coaching connectome. It’s crucial that all stakeholders understand and know their role in relation to your role as the coach. In this session, participants will develop your agreed-upon roles and actions and also start the process of constructing your very own instructional coaching framework. This breakout will be facilitated as a workshop-style session.




Region 4 Instructional Coaching Conference

  • Session ID: 1691594
  • Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Virtual Zoom Session
  • Audience: Teachers (All Levels), Principals, Instructional Coaches




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Instructional Coaching - Bite-Sized Sessions
What are your needs as an instructional coach? Meet your individual goals and personalize your learning by selecting from these bite-sized virtual sessions. Each of these one-hour sessions will be virtual for your convenience
Audience: Instructional Coaches, Instructional Specialists, Literacy Coaches

Pre-observation and Observations

October 4, 2022  |  Virtual Zoom Session  |  8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Learn strategies for building a collaborative coach-teacher relationship, structures for the pre-observation meeting, and ideas and forms for collecting quality evidence during instructional observations. Learn more and register here.


Setting Instructional Coaching Goals

October 11, 2022  |  Virtual Zoom Session  |  8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Learn how to work shoulder-to-shoulder with teachers during the post-observation conference to identify mutually agreed upon coaching goals based on teacher instructional practices and student needs. Learn more and register here.


Instructional Coaching Cycle

October 19, 2022  |  Virtual Zoom Session  |  11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Learn how to organize coaching into cycles to help you create a structure for yourself and your teachers. During this session, we will identify the structure of small group and one-on-one coaching cycles. Learn more and register here.


Providing Models to Support Implementation of Coaching Goals

October 25, 2022  |  Virtual Zoom Session  |  8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Teachers need to see effective instruction in action. Modeling is one way to show a teacher how to implement a specific strategy. By modeling lessons that make teaching and learning visible, coaches help teachers build a vision of effective instruction. Learn processes to make your model teaching a collaborative one-on-one professional development opportunity. Learn more and register here.


Coaching Adults

October 26, 2022  |  Virtual Zoom Session  |  8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Teachers of all levels of experience and expertise can benefit from instructional coaching, but engaging and motivating adult learners can be challenging. This session will explore strategies for developing, engaging, and empowering teachers. Learn more and register here.


Principal and Instructional Coach Relationship

November 1, 2022  |  Virtual Zoom Session  |  8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Learn strategies and explore tools to build a collaborative partnership of professional development between principal and instructional coaches. Learn more and register here.




More Professional Development Opportunities



Time Session Virtual F2F
October 19 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Writing the Exemplar: Preparing Teachers to Effectively Monitor Student Work X  
October 26 1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Systemic Planning: Building Teacher Capacity Through Observation and Feedback Cycles   X
Oct 26–27 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Impact Coaching   X
October 27 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coaching Classroom Management with the Classroom Assistance Tool   X
November 8 1 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. Systems for Creating a Strong School Culture X  
November 15 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Leadership Coaching: Elevate Your Instructional Leadership Team   X






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