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In person at Blue Ridge Community College

Register - In Person Event - August 18 and November 18, 2021 at Blue Ridge Community College

Join Diane Sweeney for two sessions that will give structure and a jump-start to your coaching work. An optional self-paced online course is provided between sessions to guide and deepen your development as a coach.

In-person sessions from 9:00- 3:00 at Blue Ridge Community College with morning coffee and lunch provided: $215
Add the online course: $85.
Add a registration for your Principal to attend in November: $115

August 18, 2021: Foundations for Student-Centered Coaching
Are you new to instructional coaching? Are you looking to deepen your coaching work in a post-Covid environment? Is your school division implementing Student-Centered Coaching and you’d like to learn more about the model? In this session, we will introduce you to the core practices for Student-Centered Coaching, and how they can be used across grades K-12. Join us with or without your principal and learn how to start the school year strong by focusing on the following outcomes:

  • How to use the core practices for Student-Centered Coaching, including measuring the impact of coaching cycles.
  • The role of student evidence as an essential component of instructional coaching.
  • Strategies for organizing and scheduling coaching work that leads to a measurable impact on student and teacher learning.

November 18, 2021: Building Principal and Coach Partnerships

Schools are complex systems and it’s no wonder that leading one is not easy. But strong partnerships can make the job less challenging. When the principal and coach are clear on school improvement initiatives, what high-quality instruction looks like, and how the coaching model supports these efforts, things fall into place. We recommend attending with your principal, but it is not required. Build strong principal and coach partnerships by learning the following:

  • How the roles of principal and coach work together
  • Strategies for aligning coaching with school improvement processes
  • Effective practices for principal and coach meetings

Online Course Overview: Digging Deeper into Student-Centered Coaching
Engage in a self-paced course that will take your coaching deeper between sessions. Since the course is self-paced, we recommend taking it with colleagues to facilitate collaboration and discourse as you move through the sessions. Sessions will focus on the following topics and will involve between 1-2 hours of learning. Participants will receive a certificate of clock hours at the end of the course.

Session 1: Strategies for Reflective Dialogue
Session 2: Mini Coaching Cycles
Session 3: Co-Planning and Co-Teaching with Teachers and Teams
Session 4: Strategies for Measuring Our Impact


Our Keynote Speakers

Diane Sweeney

Diane Sweeney is the author of The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), et al., Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.