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Many organizations have carefully planned and designed coaching programs. However, in cases where clear plans have not been developed, focused planning can have a huge impact on the effectiveness and success of coaching programs. For that reason, our consultants are available to meet with districts and help create plans for developing and supporting highly effective coaching programs.
Ideal for instructional coaches, coaching champions, superintendents, principals, staff developers, and other administrators, our consulting typically consists of one ICG consultant partnering with a small number of key decisions makers. Sessions can either be facilitated by Jim Knight (Lawrence, Kansas) or with a senior consultant (at the school site).
We offer year-long support both virtually and on-site. To learn more about partnering with ICG, contact us via the button below.
At its core, a partnership approach is about treating others the way you would like to be treated. We see coaching as dialogical. Instead of dictating exactly what someone should do to improve, we believe a respectful and collaborative dialogue paves the way to positive change. We work from 7 Partnership Principles to guide all of the work we do.
While our consulting sessions are centered around a custom-made agenda, they often address the following issues:
One partner does not tell the other partner what to do; both partners share ideas and make decisions together as equals.More on Equality
Choice positions teachers as the final decision-makers—partners who choose their coaching goals and decide which practices to adopt.More on Choice
Coaches who follow the principle of voice learn from their teachers, and teachers feel safe expressing what they think and feel.More on Voice
Coaches who foster dialogue actively seek out others’ ideas and share their own in a way that encourages discussion.Move on Dialogue
“Looking back,” “looking at,” and “looking ahead” is engaging, energizing, and essential to professional development.More on Reflection
All professional learning needs to involve real-life application, ensuring that coaching is productive, meaningful, and helpful to teachers and students.More on Praxis
Learning is not a one-way street, so coaches should also learn during the coaching process, not just the coachee.More on Reciprocity
“We initially attended the Teaching | Learning | Coaching Conference in Kansas City last October to develop our coaching skills with our newly appointed task of evaluating teachers. We were very concerned—being district office administrators—at entering a building and having meaningful dialogue with our teachers concerning their teaching practices in a way that would produce fruitful partnerships. Our experience at the conference and in our roles since has been such a joy as a result of some of the practices we have applied since the training.”