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Virtual Coaches Academy - Cohort 1


Learning Forward's Virtual Coaches Academy Now Accepting individuals and small teams

Prepare your coaches to accelerate recovery and reinvention with the virtual Learning Forward Coaches Academy

For the first time, Learning Forward’s signature coaching program, Coaches Academy, is now being offered virtually for open enrollment. This 12-session program, led by expert coaches Joellen Killion and Andy Mendelsberg, offers an opportunity for campus and district instructional coaches, coach advocates, and those who support coaches to deepen their understanding and application of critical coaching skills for supporting teachers’ individual and team learning.

In this virtual Coaches Academy, participants will engage in 12 virtual learning sessions featuring instruction and practice opportunities designed to enhance the effectiveness of their coaching conversations as well as professional learning design and facilitation skills. Asynchronous networking opportunities will be hosted on Learning Forward’s Brightspace platform. Both new and experienced coaches will benefit from this deep dive into instructional coaching. Download information sheet.

The cost is $1,250 and the course begins September 30, 2021.

Participants will:

  • Explore a coaching framework grounded in the Standards for Professional Learning and the use of data;
  • Apply a coaching theory of change that develops teachers’ instructional effectiveness and increases student learning;
  • Assess their own strengths and opportunities for growth based on the characteristics of effective coaches;
  • Describe the impact of coaches’ work and conditions that support coaching effectiveness;
  • Explore the functions, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and challenges associated with the essential roles of coaches;
  • Develop partnership agreements with principals and teachers;
  • Deepen their presentation and facilitation skills for work with individuals and teams of teachers;
  • Acquire and apply essential communication skills to support strong coaching relationships.

All participants will receive the following essential coaching resources:

  • Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches, Vol. 2, by Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison (Learning Forward, 2017)
  • Coaching Matters, 2nd ed., by Joellen Killion and Heather Clifton (Learning Forward, 2020)
  • Standards for Professional Learning (Learning Forward, 2011)

Live session learning dates and times:

  • Session 1:   Thursday, September 30 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 2:   Friday, October 1 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 3:   Thursday, November 4 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 4:   Friday, November 5 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 5:   Wednesday, November 17 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 6:   Thursday, November 18 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 7:   Thursday, December 2 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 8:   Friday, December 3 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 9:   Thursday, February 3 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 10: Friday, February 4 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 11: Thursday, March 3 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
  • Session 12: Friday, March 4 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET

Course facilitators

Joellen Killion is a senior advisor to Learning Forward and previously served as the organization’s deputy executive director. She supports school systems, schools, regional, state, and national agencies within the U.S. and abroad as a consultant and learning facilitator. Killion has over 30 years of experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, and state/provincial levels.

Andy Mendelsberg served Denver Public Schools as a principal, assistant principal, and school curriculum director for over 25 years. He currently coaches veteran and novice principals and assistant principals on their leadership competencies, strategy development, and team building. As a senior consultant for Learning Forward, Andy facilitates mentor cohorts and is a lead facilitator for national cohorts of Coaches Academy.

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