Virtual and on-site workshops providing powerful learning for coaches, administrators, and teachers

Focused on creating positive change in your district, school, and classroom

ICG Workshops

We provide a variety of workshops that can be customized and facilitated at your location or through a virtual platform. Our team of certified consultants provide one- and two-day workshops, as well as 5-week workshops structured around the research-validated Partnership Learning approach—offering practical, engaging, and enjoyable learning experiences for your team.

The following are some of our most popular workshops; click “Request a Workshop” to schedule a workshop for your team.

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Evaluating Instructional Coaching

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The Evaluating Instructional Coaching workshop aims to address one of our most frequently asked questions: how to evaluate coaches as employees and how to evaluate coaching programs around best practices in both coaching and best practices in human resources. This workshop can be tailored to focus on particular elements of evaluation as well as practice for evaluators in using our tools and resources.

Available as a virtual or on-site workshop.

Coaching to Increase Engagement

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Student engagement is an important aspect of learning, and addressing it through instructional coaching is an effective way to improve instruction. Based on the Data Toolkit in The Impact Cycle (2017) and chapters 5-9 in High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on defining the different types of engagement, how to measure them, and using teaching strategies to hit corresponding goals.

Participants will…

Learn what distinguishes the different types of engagement:

» Behavioral
» Cognitive
» Emotional

» Develop methods for gathering data and measuring various types of
engagement

» Practice the five teaching strategies proven to reach engagement goals and
increase learning:

» Thinking prompts
» Effective questions
» Stories
» Cooperative learning
» Authentic learning

Coaching to Increase Achievement

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Instructional coaches aim to help teachers make a greater positive impact on the lives of students. One of the most direct ways to do that is to focus on student achievement. Based on the Data Toolkit in The Impact Cycle (2017) and chapters 2-4 in High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight, this workshop presents strategies to increase achievement that ensure teachers will remain in touch with student progress toward clearly established goals. Implementing these strategies enables coaches to help teachers adjust their practices to the specific needs of the students.

Participants will leave the session with:

» Forms to guide the use of video
» Practice experience in gathering data and using video with other workshop participants
» A better understanding of how to create trust

Gathering Data

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Data gathering is critical to effective instructional coaching because it helps make the invisible visible by providing the capacity to assess the kinds of questions being asked in the classroom, the use of instructional time, and student engagement. Based on the Data Toolkit in The Impact Cycle (2017) and the data-gathering information included in Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop presents the data points needed to help teachers obtain a clear picture of reality, set goals, and monitor progress toward goals. Participants will be guided through several methods of gathering data and learn how to effectively analyze data to determine specific areas for improvement.

 Participants will:

» Practice gathering data and calibrating the coaching process to it
» Receive provisional forms that can be adjusted to participants’ specific needs

What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

coaches

administrators

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The impact coaches have is directly related to how effectively they are supported (or not supported) by their 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 a deep understanding of how administrators and instructional coaches can collaborate to ensure that coaches have an unmistakably positive impact on teachers’ teaching and students’ learning.

Participants will:

» See the instructional coaching Impact Cycle in action
» Learn how to prioritize coaches’ time and determine tasks they should and should not do
» Discuss creating an instructional playbook that summarizes high-leverage teaching strategies coaches will share
» Determine what policy should exist regarding teacher confidentiality
» Develop strategies for addressing teachers who are resistant to change

Seven Success Factors of Great Instructional Coaching Programs

coaches

administrators

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Effective coaches, leaders, and educators communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver through emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth so that will be heard. This workshop introduces 6 beliefs and 10 habits that promote healthy and productive relationships.

Participants will:

» Identify and explore their own beliefs and habits

Leave the session with:

» New habits that will have an immediate, positive impact on their ability to communicate at work and at home

» A self-coaching strategy they can use to continue improving their communication skills long after they leave the workshop

Better Conversations

coaches

teachers

administrators

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Effective coaches, leaders, and educators communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver through emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth so that will be heard. This workshop introduces 6 beliefs and 10 habits that promote healthy and productive relationships.

Participants will:

» Identify and explore their own beliefs and habits

Leave the session with:

» New habits that will have an immediate, positive impact on their ability to communicate at work and at home

» A self-coaching strategy they can use to continue improving their communication skills long after they leave the workshop

The Impact Cycle

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Based on The Impact Cycle (2017) by Jim Knight, this workshop describes 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, and gain experience using it through examples and guided exercises.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Develop a process for establishing a clear picture of reality through the use of video
» Practice analyzing video to set goals
» Practice using the Partnership Principles to help teachers select appropriate strategies for improvement
» Establish methods for reviewing progress and improving the approach

High-Impact Instruction

teachers

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When it comes to improving instruction, educators have literally hundreds of options, and it can be difficult to know which teaching practices have the greatest potential to improve student learning. Based on the book High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight and research from the Impact Research Lab, this workshop provides an overview of high-yield strategies teachers can use to plan instruction, assess learning, increase student mastery and engagement, and create positive learning communities in the classroom.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Become familiar with the 16 research-based, high-impact teaching practices in the Big Four Great Teaching Framework
» Learn how instructional coaches can provide essential support to teachers who choose to implement the high-impact teaching strategies

RECEIVE FREE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT USE OF THE BIG FOUR IN THEIR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT, INCLUDING:

» observation forms
» coaching checklists
» online video clips of teachers discussing and using the practices

Better Leaders

coaches

administrators

teachers

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This session asks participants to think of themselves as change leaders—people who lead themselves, other adults, and students through inevitable change by getting clear on what they are trying to accomplish and how to make that happen, and how to navigate through the complexities of change.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Identify their beliefs about leadership and the kind of leader they want to be
» Learn and explore strategies for leading themselves and others

AND LEAVE THE SESSION WITH:

» A deeper understanding of leadership
» A plan for implementing leadership strategies to better lead their own lives and lead others

Coaching for Positive Classrooms

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Research has shown that control over students is not an effective model. Instead, creating a positive culture in the classroom that is based on respect and that honors students’ autonomy has proven to lead to improved student learning. Based on the Data Toolkit in The Impact Cycle (2017) and chapters 10-15 in High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on increasing behavioral engagement, including strategies coaches can use to help teachers create positive learning communities in the classroom.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Learn how to gather data that can be used to:
» Get a clear picture of reality
» Set goals
» Monitor progress toward goals
» Learn and practice the six strategies for creating a positive learning community

Creating an Instructional Playbook

coaches

administrators

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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 for Translating Research Into Practice (2019) by Jim Knight, Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas. Instructional playbooks are packed with tools to facilitate the coaching process, but instead of reducing teaching or coaching to following a script, they provide a framework to apply and adjust to the specific needs of a given teacher and his or her classroom.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Develop a usable draft of an instructional playbook that can be adjusted as necessary

Coaching in Times of Chaos: Reducing Anxiety While Increasing Impact

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It is crucial that we take care of our own mental well-being, as well as promoting mental health to those around us. Register for this ‘zen moment for the brain’ and learn how to help teachers reduce anxiety, regardless of where they are.

Coaching has always been about connecting, collaborating, and building a bridge between the exceptional work being done in classrooms to the rest of the school and system. How do we maintain these expectations when emotions are high, adults and students alike are worried, and the tech learning curve is steep? We’ll explore some of the new issues that coaches are facing in these uncertain times and help tackle issues and use approaches we’ve learned while navigating them. The session also revisits the necessity of slowing down, paying attention to emotional learning, listening with empathy, and continuing to do what coaches do best: partner with teachers so students and systems improve.

PARTICIPANTS WILL GAIN:

» Understanding of the need to be solid in their beliefs and actions

» Reflection on their beliefs and actions

» Understanding of the ongoing need for empathy, understanding, and compassion in their coaching

» A deeper understanding of tools and tactics for compassionate empathy-based coaching

» A plan for implementing these tools and tactics

Video as a Part of Professional Learning

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Professional development has undergone three major advances in recent years– computers, the internet, and video. Based on the book Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop describes how video can be used to support learning.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEAVE THE SESSION WITH:

» Forms to guide the use of video
» Practice experience in gathering data and using video with other workshop participants
» A better understanding of how to create trust

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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This workshop describes how presenters can work from the Partnership Principles to build relationships with an audience, and guides participants through important strategies for designing and delivering presentations by providing them an opportunity to create their own.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Learn design principles to create slides that are beautiful and effective
» Apply design strategies and principles by developing a presentation or workshop
» Practice delivery and communication strategies to connect and communicate effectively by giving short presentations to small audiences (other participants)
» Improve skills and strategies by watching video recordings of participant presentations after they present

Note: To take full advantage of this workshop, we recommend that participants bring the raw materials they need to develop or rework a workshop (notes, books, curriculum guides, PowerPoint slides, etc.) and a laptop on which to create the presentation

Working with Adults: Helping & Partnership

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administrators

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Neither teachers nor coaches want to waste time or find themselves in unsuccessful conversations. Whether face-to-face or via a virtual platform, helping adults sometimes is often more difficult than helping students. Why do adults resist? This virtual workshop focuses on why helping for change is complex and what research says about what we can do to lessen resistance to change.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Understand the research around why adults might resist help

» Have tools and tactics for ameliorating resistance in adults

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

Offered in Partnership with Growth Coaching International

administrators

coaches

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The quality of the conversations in an organization can critically influence the organization’s effectiveness. This session explores how a coaching orientation, together with a strong coaching process and key coaching skills, can make a significant and immediate difference in the conversations in which school leaders engage every day.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Distinguish coaching from other “learning through talking” interactions
» Explore the difference between “coaching” and “a coaching approach” and when to use them
» Become familiar with the elements of the GROWTH Coaching System
» Establish a practical method of setting and achieving professional goals
» Experience the impact of coaching conversations applied to real-world education topics
» Consolidate confidence, knowledge, and skills through practice of the GROWTH coaching framework followed by reflection and feedback

Coaching Skills

Offered in Partnership with Growth Coaching International

administrators

coaches

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After attending initial instructional coaching institutes or workshops, coaches are often unsure about next steps. This intensive session is designed to explore the specific skills instructional coaches use to go through the coaching cycle, and as such, it serves as the next step in professional development for coaches.

The 9 Key Coaching Skills developed by Growth Coaching International are essential to effective instructional coaching and address the nuances and complexities of coaching conversations. Participants will learn how to integrate these skills into each element of the coaching cycle and become effective listeners, powerful questioners, and helpful facilitators of thinking.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Build upon your previous coaching training
» Integrate the Nine Key Coaching Skills into each stage of the coaching cycle
» Develop habits and behaviors to improve the effectiveness of coaching conversations

This workshop is a result of Instructional Coaching Group’s partnership with Growth Coaching International (GCI), the leading provider of coaching professional development in Australia and New Zealand for nearly two decades.

Peer Video Coaching

Offered in Partnership with Growth Coaching International

teachers

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Instructional coaching and the use of video are both acknowledged to be evidence-based practices for professional development for teachers. Unfortunately, school resources often do not allow for a coaching program, and many educators are unclear on how to use video to best help teachers.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:

» Learn and apply a functional coaching process
» Practice coaching fellow participants
» Implement the use of video in peer coaching exercises

Embedded Coaching

Extended Support

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In order to set up our partnership schools and districts to have the most success, we’ve created follow-up workshops for embedded coaching. We know that after the excitement of an event day wears off, there can be a bit of a “what next” feeling. Embedded coaching days provide on-the-spot professional learning with an ICG senior consultant, focused on the needs of each coach.

Since each district’s needs are different, agenda items may vary. However, most schools and districts request the following: » “Live” coaching in which either the ICG consultant coaches a classroom teacher or a coach within that district coaches a teacher

» Examining specific Impact Cycles within the school or school at different stages of the process and troubleshooting issues surrounding those cycles

» Meetings with school and/or district leaders in which the ICG consultant responds to questions and concerns about coaching and the Impact Cycle model

» Watching coaching video as a group to examine various elements of coaching interactions

Complimentary Coaching Assessment

Schedule for free >>

coaches

administrators

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Just as teachers need coaches to help them learn and implement new instructional strategies, coaches, administrators, and other educators need coaches to help them develop and support flourishing coaching programs. And it is often during application – not just in a workshop – that they can truly benefit from having a coach. To meet this need, we offer one-to-one personalized sessions.

The coaching provided by ICG is primarily tailored for educational leaders who are designing, implementing, or overseeing a coaching program, and generally focuses on the following topics: Using ICG tools to provide followup and support for coaches Planning future professional development for coaches, teachers, and administrators Co-developing coaching professional development plans with leaders Co-planning weekly or bi-weekly professional learning meetings for coaches Problem solving issues related to teachers, coaches, and administrators Other issues that arise as coaching programs are rolled out Coaching sessions typically last 30-60 minutes and take place according to a schedule and format that best suit participants’ needs: weekly, monthly, quarterly; FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout, or over the phone. Sessions are led by Jim Knight, Michelle Harris, and Amy Musante.

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