September is here!

There’s only ONE month to go before this year’s Teaching | Learning | Coaching on October 4-6 and the ICG team is really looking forward to our first virtual conference! As we continue to adjust to a new school year with COVID-19, connecting with each other and improving our work with coaches, teachers, and students is even more crucial. In the weeks leading up to TLC, we’ll be featuring the impressive and timely work of this year’s keynote speakers and breakout presenters.


This year’s presenters’ experience and expertise span a huge range, not only in the realm of coaching but also in our everyday interactions with one another.

Today, we’re taking a look at the work and impact of keynote speaker Ibram X. Kendi, as well as breakout presenters Nathan Lang-Raad, Sharon Thomas, Steve Barkley, and Angela Adams.


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Ibram X. Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and the #1 New York Times Bestseller, How to Be an Antiracist, which was hailed by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” In 2019, Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was honored on The Root 100, which listed him as the 15th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45 and the most influential college professor.

He is the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic.

Before you watch his keynote at TLC, check out some of Kendi’s essays and books, and watch his recent appearance on CBS This Morning:

Dr. Kendi’s keynote is titled How to Be an Antiracist.


Check out Nathan Lang-Raad’s interview with Jim Knight from TLC 2019

Nathan Lang-Raad is the Chief Education Officer at WeVideo and the author of Everyday Instructional Coaching, The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics, co-authored with Dr. Robert Marzano, and WeVideo Every Day. He is a Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and 2016 Apple Teacher, serves on the board of the Student Voice Foundation, and serves on the International Literacy Association Task Force.

He speaks at both local and national professional conferences and is the cofounder of Bammy Award-nominated #LeadUpChat, an educational leadership professional learning network (PLN) on Twitter. Lang-Raad is also the cofounder of #divergED, a Twitter chat focused on divergent thinking and innovations in education.

The title of Dr. Lang-Raad’s TLC session is How to Coach and Build Relationships with Sincerity and Genuine Intention and he will also be a part of Panel 4: Coaching for Success.

Sharon Thomas, is a senior consultant with Instructional Coaching Group, the founder of the Cecil County [Maryland] Teacher Leadership Network, and has presented at conferences across North America on the issues of secondary school literacy and teacher leadership. She is also a featured contributor on the Radical Learners blog, a National Board Certified English teacher, instructional coach, student advocate, and writer.

Her experience with teacher leadership in school reform has been published in Principal Leadership, and she recently co-authored The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice with Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, and Michelle Harris.

Sharon Thomas will be presenting multiple sessions at this year’s TLC:

The Impact Cycle: An Overview

ICG Coaching Certification

The Instructional Playbook

The Complexities of Helping Adults

Sharon Thomas, TLC 2020 presenter

Read Sharon Thomas’ most recent post on Radical Learners

Steve Barkley

Read Steve Barkley’s recent guest post on Radical Learners

Steve Barkley, Executive Vice-President of PLS 3rd Learning, is internationally recognized for his ability to facilitate change. For the past 30+ years, he has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities. He also writes a blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud that has become a go-to resource for teachers and adminstrators all over the world.

Most recently, Steve has concentrated his efforts on working with several districts in leadership training, coaching skills, and establishing teacher professional development goals. Steve is a master teacher-of-teachers, a highly motivational and riveting speaker who is extraordinarily knowledgeable about life in the classroom.

The title of Steve Barkley’s TLC session is Instructional Coaching and Teachers’ Professional Growth Plans (PGPs).

Angela Adams is the Lead Coach for the Carolina Teacher Induction Program (CarolinaTIP), an initiative out of the University of South Carolina aimed at increased teacher efficacy and teacher retention by meeting the evolving needs of new graduates through their first three years in their own classrooms.

With the aim of increasing retention in the profession, CarolinaTIP helps novice teachers build a professional foundation as they navigate the demands of their new jobs. The program is built on the belief that increasing teacher self-efficacy, capacity, confidence, resiliency, and hope ultimately benefits the students they serve.

Read Angela Adams’ recent guest post on Radical Learners


Check out our conference schedule to see the complete lineup of presenters! Hope to see you next month!