Teaching Learning Coaching Conference 2021

november 2-4, 2021  •  Virtual Event

The largest instructional coaching conference in the world

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2021 Schedule

We’re adding to the #TLC2021 schedule. Check back regularly to see what’s new! 

Session Types

LIVE

Expert-led Keynotes

Each #TLC2021 keynote speaker will present live on their area of expertise. We are excited to feature the following keynote presenters:

Marcia Tate
Dan Pink
Liz Wiseman
Isabel Wilkerson
Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Jim Knight

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4 Panel Discussions

TLC brings the world’s leading experts together for one goal—fostering learning and change. Tune into live panels and listen to the experts discuss and debate instructional coaching topics:

Coaching Essentials
Coaching Relationships
Coaching for Virtual Learning
Coaching for Equity

On-demand

30 Breakout Sessions

One huge benefit of #TLC2021 is that you can watch ALL of our breakout sessions, and don’t have to choose which sessions you’ll miss out on. Access to pre-recorded breakouts will be sent to attendees a few days before TLC starts.

For our international attendees, and those unable to make it to the scheduled breakout sessions, on-demand recordings will be available for 90 days.

Tuesday, November 2nd

Pre-conference

The preconference consists of ONE full-day session of your choice. See the list of pre-conference sessions below to choose which session you’d like to attend.

Please note: pre-conference sessions are live and will not be recorded. Each session is from 10am – 4pm CST.

The Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching

By Jim Knight

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Instructional Coaching Evaluation

By Sharon Thomas

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One of the most common questions we hear is, “How should we evaluate our coaches and coaching program?” In this session, we examine the complexities of evaluating coaches and programs, including the types of data involved, complications like confidentiality and partnership, and forms that evaluation can take. This session is based on our latest team publication, Evaluating Instructional Coaches: People, Programs, and Partnership, by Sharon Thomas, Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, and Michelle Harris.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Examine why evaluating coaches and coaching programs is essential for coaching to have an impact on students and to sustain coaching programs in schools
  2. Learn the research-based standards for effective coaching and coaching programs
  3. Practice using tools for evaluation, for hiring new coaches, and for sustaining coaching programs

This session is great for:

  • System Leaders
  • Administrators
  • Instructional Coaches

Better Leaders

By Michelle Harris

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We invite leaders of all kinds to consider their purpose and believe in the “power of yet” through several high-yield leadership strategies, including clearly seeing reality, identifying purpose, managing time, understanding and shaping culture, managing change, and combining ambition with humility.

The Instructional Playbook

By Ann Hoffman

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In settings where a clearly defined set of teaching strategies already exists, this workshop guides coaches and others (e.g., administrators) through the development of an instructional playbook. This workshop is based on The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link in Translating Research into Practice (2019) by Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas.

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Wednesday, November 3rd

Live Sessions

In order to watch, you must be livestreaming via our event platform at the scheduled time (Central Standard Time). Live sessions will not be recorded.

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10:00am – 11:15am CST

opening statements

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Welcome to TLC 2021!

By Jim Knight

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11:30am – 12:15pm CST

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1:15pm – 2:15pm CST

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Keynote II: An Exclusive Interview with Dan Pink (prerecorded)

 

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2:30pm – 3:15pm CST

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3:15pm – 4:15pm CST

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Keynote III

By Isabel Wilkerson

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4:15pm – 4:30pm CST

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End of Day Remarks

By Jim Knight

Thursday, November 4th

Live Sessions

In order to watch, you must be livestreaming via our event platform at the scheduled time (Central Standard Time). Live sessions will not be recorded.

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10:00am – 10:15am CST

opening statements

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Welcome to Day 2

 

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10:15am – 11:15am CST

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Keynote IV

By Marcia Tate

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11:30am – 12:15pm CST

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Panel 3: Coaching for Virtual Learning

By Paul Bloomberg, Nathan Lang-Raad, Marcia Tate, Sharon Thomas

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1:15pm – 2:15pm CST

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Keynote V

By Liz Wiseman

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2:30pm – 3:15pm CST

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Panel 4: Coaching for Equity

By Floyd Cobb, John Krownapple, Natasha Robinson, Rowena Shurn

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3:15pm – 4:15pm CST

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4:15pm – 4:30pm CST

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End of Day Remarks

By Jim Knight

On-Demand Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

These sessions will be pre-recorded and available on-demand. Watch and rewatch for 90 days after TLC has ended!

We’re currently adding to the #TLC2021 Schedule. Check back soon to see what’s new.

Feedback for Learning

By Joellen Killion

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Feedback, given, does little to promote change. It is when feedback becomes a dialogic, dynamic process that it promotes deep learning and change. In this session participants will learn how to use the feedback process to engage learners in constructing knowledge that transforms practice and results for students

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Learn how to use the feedback process to construct knowledge
  2. Practice applying the feedback process within coaching
  3. Explore the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of using the feedback process in a coaching role.

This session is great for:

  • Coaches
  • Administrators

Measuring Coaching Impact Using Teacher Surveys

By Mahsa Bakhshaei & Angela Hardy

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During this session, we will provide an overview of how coaches and administrators can collect survey data from teachers during the course of the school year to: 1) improve the design and implementation of their coaching program; and 2) measure the impact of their coaching efforts. We will also discuss some ideas of how they can share and interpret the data.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Tips for collecting teacher survey data
  2. Example survey questions that can be adapted for your setting 
  3. Tips for interpreting and sharing data

This session is great for:

  • Coaches
  • Administrators

Personalized Coaching for Increased Student Engagement

By Steve Barkley

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Finding ways to increase “engagement” is a common concern when teachers currently are given an opportunity to place a request for PD or input from an instructional coach. Like athletes and performing artists, it is what the learner does that generates skills and knowledge. The teacher, like a coach, supports the learner engagement in the critical learning production behaviors. Instructional Coaches need to personalize their work to maximize payoffs for teachers and students.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. How to Identify the specific learning production behaviors that are the indicators of engagement in a particular learning activity
  2. Making coaching decisions to offer strategies or seek reflection leading to co-creating a possible strategy.
  3. Developing a plan for observation that collect data to continue reflection and teacher decision making.

This session is great for:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Administrators

Listening to Understand:  An Essential Instructional Leadership Skill

By Sherry St. Clair

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Listening is an essential leadership skill for effective instructional coaching.  Listening to understand helps coaches avoid misunderstandings, prevent conflicts, and coach at a deeper level. 

In this session, participants will explore various ways to hear the voices of those impacting their coaching and how to use strong, active listening skills to advance their coaching methods.  Various tools and strategies will be shared for coaches to immediately implement. 

Coaching is My Superpower!

By Kimberly A. Richardson, “Dr. Kim”

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Every superhero has a tool! Batman and his power armor, Wonder Woman and her magic lasso, and the Hulk and his …smash! Come hear about great superhero-sized tools that you can use to get herculean results as you support your colleagues, teachers, and clients.

Takeaways from this session include:
Knowledge of tools to use when you need support with delegation, accountability, and lack of change.

This session is ideal for:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Administrators

Strand 1: Going Deeper with Better Conversations

By Ann Hoffman

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Strand 1: Going Deeper sessions targeted to specific parts of the 7 Success Factors

Explore essential communication skills for every educator, especially coaches. Participants will examine their beliefs about communication (both personal and professional) as they explore behaviors demonstrating equality, voice, autonomy, nonjudgmentalism, dialogue, and life-giving conversation. Participants will also learn how to improve the way they listen, build emotional connections, ask questions, build trust, and engage in other aspects of communication.

Strand 1: Going Deeper with Gathering Data

By Michelle Harris

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Strand 1: Going Deeper sessions targeted to specific parts of the 7 Success Factors

Coaches who skillfully collect data in a spirit of partnership can help teachers to gain a clear picture of reality in their classrooms to move students forward without the data having the sting of evaluation. In this session, we examine real classroom video as we practice gathering and calibrating data involving goals on academic achievement and on behavioral, cognitive, and emotional engagement.

Strand 1: Going Deeper with System Support

By Ann Hoffman

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Strand 1: Going Deeper sessions targeted to specific parts of the 7 Success Factors

The impact that coaches have in schools is directly related to how effectively they are supported (or not supported) by their school and district administrators. For that reason, it is crucial that administrators participate in professional development that clarifies what coaches do and how they can be supported. This workshop provides an understanding of how administrators and instructional coaches can collaborate to ensure that coaches have an unmistakably positive impact on teachers’ teaching and students’ learning.

Strand 1: Going Deeper with the Impact Cycle

By Michelle Harris

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Strand 1: Going Deeper sessions targeted to specific parts of the 7 Success Factors

This session examines specific issues that coaches encounter when implementing the Impact Cycle with teachers. We’ll explore common issues, concerns, and scenarios that coaches navigate in partnership relationships while working on their goals for students.

Strand 1: Going Deeper with Role Clarity

By Michelle Harris

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Strand 1: Going Deeper sessions targeted to specific parts of the 7 Success Factors

Some of the most critical elements of a successful coaching program involve the roles that coaches have in a building, how they spend their work time, and how they communicate with school and district leaders about coaching. In this session, we examine the research-grounded roles to ensure that your coaches are maximizing their potential for change in your building.

Strand 2: Evaluating Instructional Coaches

By Sharon Thomas

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Strand 2: Coaching Evaluation sessions are tied to ICG’s upcoming publication, Evaluating Instructional Coaching

We don’t many school districts or coaches who feel like their process for evaluating coaches is a strong one. In fact, most coaches tell us that they are evaluated using a teacher or generic evaluation form. To more fully examine the success of your coaches and to ensure that a research-based approach to coaching is clearly communicated across the district, we developed a process for evaluating instructional coaches. In this session, we’ll examine our evaluation process, our instructional coach rubric, and several tools that can make your coach evaluations more effective and useful.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Examine why evaluating coaches is essential for coaching to have an impact on students
  2. Learn the research-based standards for effective coaching and how to use them in evaluating coaches as employees
  3. Practice using tools for evaluating instructional coaches in line with both instructional coaching research and best practices in human resources

This session is great for:

  • System Leaders
  • Administrators
  • Instructional Coaches

Strand 2: Evaluating Instructional Coaching Programs

By Ann Hoffman

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Strand 2: Coaching Evaluation sessions are tied to ICG’s upcoming publication, Evaluating Instructional Coaching

School districts invest a great deal of staffing and money into instructional coaching programs, but program evaluation of coaching impact is often minimal. In this session, we’ll examine our proposed process for evaluating coaching programs so that districts can demonstrate the impact of coaching on students and use the evaluation process to determine ways to improve the program.

Strand 2: Recruiting and Hiring Instructional Coaches

By Sharon Thomas

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Strand 2: Coaching Evaluation sessions are tied to ICG’s upcoming publication, Evaluating Instructional Coaching

As with coach evaluations, the hiring process for instructional coaches often doesn’t reflect research-based instructional coaching practices and skills. In this session, we’ll explore a recruiting and hiring process that more clearly communicates the role, more intentionally focuses on coaching skills, and reflects sound human resources practices. All aspects of hiring will be explored, from creating the job description to the interview structure and questions to the best information to use to make the hiring decision. For coaching to work best for students, the right people need to be in the right roles, and this session shows ways to make that happen.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Examine why evaluating coaches is essential for coaching to have an impact on students
  2. Learn the research-based standards for effective coaching and how to use them in evaluating coaches as employees
  3. Practice using tools for evaluating instructional coaches in line with both instructional coaching research and best practices in human resources

This session is great for:

  • Administrators
  • Instructional Coaches

Strand 2: Retaining Coaches and Sustaining Coaching Programs

By Sharon Thomas

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Strand 2: Coaching Evaluation sessions are tied to ICG’s upcoming publication, Evaluating Instructional Coaching

Instructional coaches are some of the most positive, engaged, and energized people we know, and instructional coaching programs can make an enormous impact on students. Why, then, do we see coaches move on to other roles (sometimes after only a few years)? Even more concerning, we see instructional coaching programs fall prey to budget cuts all the time. This session examines why coach turnover and program elimination happen and provide research-based ideas for how to avoid them and make your coaches and coaching programs stronger than ever.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Examine why retaining coaches and sustaining coaching programs is an important issue for system and school leaders
  2. Learn what the research says about how to keep coaches engaged in their roles and how to best support an educational program so that it has a long-term impact on students
  3. Begin planning to address retaining coaches and sustaining programs

This session is great for:

  • Administrators
  • Instructional Coaches

Strand 3: Getting Started with the Impact Cycle

By Michelle Harris

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Strand 3: Getting Started sessions are designed for new coaches or districts new to partnership coaching

This session is an introduction to the coaching cycle proposed for instructional coaches. All teachers, schools, and classrooms face their own unique challenges. An established process for guiding the coaching experience ensures that instructional coaches have all of the tools they need to help teachers set and achieve their goals. The Impact Cycle–the product
of 20 years of ICG research (see instructionalcoaching.com/research)–provides a framework for any coaching scenario. Participants in this workshop will learn why the cycle is successful.

Strand 3: Getting Started with PEERS Goals and Data

By Sharon Thomas

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Strand 3: Getting Started sessions for new coaches or districts new to partnership coaching

The PEERS goal is a critical element of effective Impact Cycle work with teachers. In this session, we’ll look at how each element of PEERS contributes to teacher engagement in the cycle and student success on the goal. We’ll practice setting and writing PEERS goals to make the Identify phase of the Impact Cycle clearer and more efficient for teachers.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Examine why setting PEERS goals ensure the deepest teacher engagement in improvement and the best way to track whether coaching has an impact on students
  2. Practice drafting PEERS goals
  3. Determine future steps in goal setting with teachers as part of Impact Cycles

This session is great for:

  • Administrators
  • Instructional Coaches

Strand 3: Getting Started with Building Trust with Teachers

By Ann Hoffman

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Strand 3: Getting Started sessions for new coaches or districts new to partnership coaching

One of the questions we hear most from new coaches or coaches who are new to a building or district is, “How can I get more teachers to work with me?” In this session, we’ll analyze the challenges and opportunities for enrolling more teachers in coaching. Central to this issue is trust, and the session will explore the facets of trust and specific steps that coaches can take to help build a culture where teachers view coaching as safe and helpful.

Coaching for Socially Just Relationships

By Rowena Shurn, Dr. Alissa Gonzalez, Kelli McMahon, Tyree Rivers, Rodrigo Rodriguez-Tovar

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Participants will engage in a lively discussion around socially just relationships to explore how perceptions and inferences impact our believed realities.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Unpack strategies to assist educators with examining their perceptions vs reality
  2. Apply the leader of inference to their own experiences
  3. Develop resources to shift beliefs and conversations

This session is great for:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches

Building and Sustaining a Culture of Dignity

By Floyd Cobb, PhD & John Krownapple

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If we are to break the cycle of dysfunctional equity work in schools, we must ensure a climate where every person feels like they belong. How? By shaping a culture of dignity that honors each person’s value and worth. While this sounds simple, it’s extraordinarily hard, transformative work. Furthermore, attempts to change the status quo will likely trigger a backlash. We must prepare ourselves with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to bring about the changes that we seek. This session helps to do just that.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Increase knowledge of belonging, dignity, and inclusion.
  2. Acquire techniques to manage the predictable backlash to efforts to address social inequality.
  3. Learn how to center acknowledgement and accountability to nurture healing and transformation

This session is great for:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Administrators

The Administrator – Coach Partnership

By Aretha J. Lee

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The administrator is the instructional leader on campus and is an essential ingredient in leading school transformation. It is important for the administrator and the instructional coach to be on the same page and function as a team. This session will explore how the campus administrator and the instructional coach can work collaboratively to support a culture of teaching and learning.

Takeaways from this session include:

  1. Why it is important for school administrators to establish a clear understanding of the role of the instructional coach.
  2. Why it is important for school administrators to respect the confidentiality clause in the coach-teacher relationship.
  3. Why it is important to trust coaches and allow them the freedom to coach.

This session is great for:

  • Coaches
  • Administrators