powerful Learning 
for Coaches, Teachers, and Administrators

focused on affecting change in your district, school, and classroom

our Workshops lead the way for instructional coaching

Reserach-Validated

ICG’s coaching programs are structured around the research-validated Partnership Learning approach. Since 1998 we’ve pioneered the research of Instructional Coaching, and we’ve turned our data into practice.

Practical + Engaging

We know Professional Development can be a drag. ICG’s coaching programs have been designed to be practical, engaging, and even fun.

Led by ICG Consultants

ICG’s coaching programs can be held at your organization when you need them, or at our home-base in Lawrence, Kansas, and are always led by ICG-certified consultants.

Workshops by role

Coaches

Teachers

Administrators

Programs for Coaches

ICG has conducted more than two decades of research on coaching and worked with over 100,000 coaches from six continents. We have put our research and experience into a series of workshops and coaching process to ensure that every coaching program has an unmistakable positive impact on student learning and well-being. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how we can create a professional development plan that is tailored to your organization.

Seven Secrets of Great Instructional Coaching  Programs

Many coaches and on-site professional developers are finding themselves in highstakes, critically important roles expected to lead school reform efforts with little or no professional preparation for successfully performing such tasks. Having worked with more than 100,000 coaches from around the world for close to two decades, ICG experts have identified seven factors that must be in place in order for coaches to flourish. This workshop provides an overview of those seven factors.

Participants will:

» Learn research-based coaching skills that can be used in professional practice immediately
» Discuss each strategy, principle, tool, or idea with other coaches to gain multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared
» Create an implementation plan to take back to schools and districts

The Impact Cycle

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

Better Conversations

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

and 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 Leaders

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

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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

Video As a Part of Professional Learning

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

Coaching to Increase Achievement

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:

» Learn how to set clear achievement targets for students
» Identify how to measure students’ progress toward achieving the targets
» Learn how to partner with teachers to make adaptations until students hit the targets

Creating an Instructional Playbook

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

What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

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

Gathering Data

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

High-Impact Instruction

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

Coaching to Increase Engagement

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 Improve Classroom Management

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
 

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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

Coaching Teams

By definition, instructional coaching is a one-to-one conversation, so the term coaching teams is a bit of a misnomer. Nevertheless, coaches are often asked to lead teams. This workshop describes processes and concepts coaches can use to facilitate better teams and better team learning. To be successful, it is important for a learning team or professional learning community to construct a set of values and processes. Incorporating insights from Unmistakable Impact (2010) and Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on the beliefs that guide effective teams and the skills and processes necessary for improvement.

Participants will:

» Attain powerful tools to instill the beliefs and habits of effective teams
» Learn processes that encourage team learning

Coaches of Coaches

This workshop provides an overview of a series of high-leverage strategies that Coaching Champions (leaders who are responsible for coaching) can use to support coaches. Participants learn how to partner with coaches to ensure that they implement an effective coaching cycle, continuously improve their communication skills, deepen their knowledge of effective teaching strategies, and develop important leadership strategies and habits.

Participants will:

» Learn research-based ideas, tools, and practices needed to create a
successful program
» Discuss each strategy, principle, tool, or idea with other participants to gain
multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared
» Make plans to ensure that the five success factors are implemented in their
school or district

Seven Secrets of Great Instructional Coaching Programs

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

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

Better Conversations

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 Leaders

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

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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

Video As a Part of Professional Learning

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

Coaching to Increase Achievement

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

Coaching to Increase Engagement

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

Creating an Instructional Playbook

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

What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

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

 

Gathering Data

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

High-Impact Instruction

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

Coaching to Improve Classroom Management

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
 

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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

Coaching Teams

By definition, instructional coaching is a one-to-one conversation, so the term coaching teams is a bit of a misnomer. Nevertheless, coaches are often asked to lead teams. This workshop describes processes and concepts coaches can use to facilitate better teams and better team learning. To be successful, it is important for a learning team or professional learning community to construct a set of values and processes. Incorporating insights from Unmistakable Impact (2010) and Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on the beliefs that guide effective teams and the skills and processes necessary for improvement.

Participants will:

» Attain powerful tools to instill the beliefs and habits of effective teams
» Learn processes that encourage team learning

Coaches of Coaches

This workshop provides an overview of a series of high-leverage strategies that Coaching Champions (leaders who are responsible for coaching) can use to support coaches. Participants learn how to partner with coaches to ensure that they implement an effective coaching cycle, continuously improve their communication skills, deepen their knowledge of effective teaching strategies, and develop important leadership strategies and habits.

Participants will:

» Learn research-based ideas, tools, and practices needed to create a
successful program
» Discuss each strategy, principle, tool, or idea with other participants to gain
multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared
» Make plans to ensure that the five success factors are implemented in their
school or district

Programs for Teachers

Choosing professional development for teachers can be overwhelming since there are so many options available. At ICG, we have spent decades identifying the highest-impact teaching strategies, along the communication and leading strategies that promote professional learning across schools. Also, in partnership with Growth Coaching International, we have created a new program, Video-Enhanced Peer Coaching, which provides an easy and powerful way for all coaches to use video, coaching, and proven teaching practices to improve. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how we can create a professional development plan that is tailored to your organization.

Better Conversations

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

and 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 Leaders

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

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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

Video As a Part of Professional Learning

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

Video-Enhanced Peer Coaching

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

High-Impact Instruction

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

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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

Better Conversations

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 Leaders

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

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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

Video As a Part of Professional Learning

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

Video-Enhanced Peer Coaching

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

High-Impact Instruction

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

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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

Programs for Administrators

Many administrators recognize the value of taking a coaching approach to leadership, but they are unclear what they need to do. At ICG, we have partnered with Growth Coaching International, who have been providing coaching professional development in Australia for more than two decades, so that we can offer powerful professional development on coaching, leadership, and communication for all administrators. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how we can create a professional development plan that is tailored to your organization.

Seven Secrets of Great Instructional Coaching  Programs

Many coaches and on-site professional developers are finding themselves in highstakes, critically important roles expected to lead school reform efforts with little or no professional preparation for successfully performing such tasks. Having worked with more than 100,000 coaches from around the world for close to two decades, ICG experts have identified seven factors that must be in place in order for coaches to flourish. This workshop provides an overview of those seven factors.

Participants will:

» Learn research-based coaching skills that can be used in professional practice immediately
» Discuss each strategy, principle, tool, or idea with other coaches to gain multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared
» Create an implementation plan to take back to schools and districts

The Impact Cycle

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

Better Conversations

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

and 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 Leaders

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

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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

Video As a Part of Professional Learning

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

Creating an Instructional Playbook

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

What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

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

Gathering Data

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

High-Impact Instruction

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

Coaching to Increase Engagement

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 Improve Classroom Management

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
 

Coaching Teams

By definition, instructional coaching is a one-to-one conversation, so the term coaching teams is a bit of a misnomer. Nevertheless, coaches are often asked to lead teams. This workshop describes processes and concepts coaches can use to facilitate better teams and better team learning. To be successful, it is important for a learning team or professional learning community to construct a set of values and processes. Incorporating insights from Unmistakable Impact (2010) and Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on the beliefs that guide effective teams and the skills and processes necessary for improvement.

Participants will:

» Attain powerful tools to instill the beliefs and habits of effective teams
» Learn processes that encourage team learning

Coaches of Coaches

This workshop provides an overview of a series of high-leverage strategies that Coaching Champions (leaders who are responsible for coaching) can use to support coaches. Participants learn how to partner with coaches to ensure that they implement an effective coaching cycle, continuously improve their communication skills, deepen their knowledge of effective teaching strategies, and develop important leadership strategies and habits.

Participants will:

» Learn research-based ideas, tools, and practices needed to create a
successful program
» Discuss each strategy, principle, tool, or idea with other participants to gain
multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared
» Make plans to ensure that the five success factors are implemented in their
school or district

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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

Seven Secrets of Great Instructional Coaching Programs

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

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

Better Conversations

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 Leaders

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

Introduction to Leadership Coaching

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

Video As a Part of Professional Learning

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

Creating an Instructional Playbook

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

What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

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

 

Gathering Data

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

High-Impact Instruction

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

Designing and Delivering High-Impact Presentations

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

Coaching Teams

By definition, instructional coaching is a one-to-one conversation, so the term coaching teams is a bit of a misnomer. Nevertheless, coaches are often asked to lead teams. This workshop describes processes and concepts coaches can use to facilitate better teams and better team learning. To be successful, it is important for a learning team or professional learning community to construct a set of values and processes. Incorporating insights from Unmistakable Impact (2010) and Focus on Teaching (2014) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on the beliefs that guide effective teams and the skills and processes necessary for improvement.

Participants will:

» Attain powerful tools to instill the beliefs and habits of effective teams
» Learn processes that encourage team learning

Coaches of Coaches

This workshop provides an overview of a series of high-leverage strategies that Coaching Champions (leaders who are responsible for coaching) can use to support coaches. Participants learn how to partner with coaches to ensure that they implement an effective coaching cycle, continuously improve their communication skills, deepen their knowledge of effective teaching strategies, and develop important leadership strategies and habits.

Participants will:

» Learn research-based ideas, tools, and practices needed to create a
successful program
» Discuss each strategy, principle, tool, or idea with other participants to gain
multiple perspectives on the learning that is shared
» Make plans to ensure that the five success factors are implemented in their
school or district