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Powerful Communication Skills for Coaches - COHORT 5


Powerful Communication Skills for Coaches

Led by expert coaches Joellen Killion and Andrea Gautney, participants will engage in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning and coaching practices to enhance their critical coaching skills of self-awareness, listening, questioning, and supporting the critical thinking of others.   

Participants will meet virtually for live, facilitated sessions and will engage in asynchronous learning experiences and collaboration between sessions in Learning Forward’s new online learning community.  

Both new and experienced coaches will practice critical coaching interactions with support from their colleagues and expert coaches.   

The cost is $849 and the course begins April 2, 2022. Register here. 

Course outcomes 

  • Examine coach presence as a critical factor in building effective coaching relationships. 
  • Acquire skillfulness to listen at multiple levels and in remote and in-person environments to assess and support teacher needs. 
  • Acquire and practice questioning skills to facilitate teachers’ critical and creative thinking while addressing assumptions, needs, and problems of practice. 
  • Apply a framework that reflects the three phases of a coaching conversation (initiating, conducting, and closing). 
  • Apply coaching interaction skills in authentic situations to facilitate growth. 


Course activities will begin on April 2, 2022. Participants' last day of access is May 31, 2022.

Each live session will feature direct instruction from facilitators Helmke and Miller followed by collaborative coaching practice to implement new learning with feedback.    

Live sessions will occur on the following dates: 

 Tuesday, April 12, 3-5 p.m. ET 

 Tuesday, April 26, 3-5 p.m. ET 

 Tuesday, May 10, 3-5 p.m. ET 

 Tuesday, May 24, 3-5 p.m. ET  

Note that participants will engage in and complete learning tasks during asynchronous weeks. 

Participants will have access to the online platform for seven days after the last live session, giving attendees an online learning environment to review their learning, extend conversations, and reflect on their continued integration and implementation of new knowledge and practice.    

Who is this for?  

Anyone who wishes to extend and deepen their use of coaching conversational skills in supporting the self-efficacy, intentionality, and critical thinking of others. 

  • Novice coaches  
  • Administrators and teacher leaders who apply coaching skills as part of their interactions with peers and staff 
  • Veteran coaches  
  • Coaching advocates and those who plan professional learning for coaches

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.

Andrea Gautney is a math instructional coach for Clear Springs High School in Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD). Over the last fifteen years, Gautney has been a classroom teacher, has supported hundreds of secondary teachers in both California and Texas, and is a 5-year veteran facilitator for the New Coaches Academy in CCISD. She partners with teachers and teams to provide support and to build capacity in all facets of the classroom: deep mathematical content knowledge, technology integration, social and emotional learning, cultivating rapport, and professional growth. Gautney serves as a Learning Forward Consultant, leading learning through Coaching Academies, Mentor Teacher Cohorts, and Content-Based Coaching Cohorts.

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