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! 

virtual venue

How do I attend the virtual conference?

A few days before TLC begins, you’ll receive an email invitation to visit TLC’s virtual venue; at this point, all pre-recorded breakout sessions will be available for viewing.

Once the actual conference begins, you’ll have access to a main stage where live events take place, including keynote presentations and panel discussions. All breakouts will be recorded and available on-demand for 90 days—an awesome PD opportunity for all of our friends abroad!

Attending Virtual TLC will be as easy as clicking a link!

Session Types


# 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
Liz Wiseman
Isabel Wilkerson
Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Jim Knight


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.


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

Tuesday, November 2nd


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.

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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.

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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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