Virtual Professional Development

Intensive Workshops, Coaching Courses, Consulting, and Other Resources for Virtual Professional Development

Now open for enrollment

Intensive Virtual Workshop

This introductory intensive workshop was built to help any new coach through the challenges, questions, and new relationships that come with taking on the exciting role of instructional coach. The course is intended to give coaches the essential knowledge they need to understand their role and get started. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

Instructional Coaching: An Introduction

Led by Jim Knight

This course will be presented by Jim Knight, and will be supplemented by small group sessions led by senior consultants. The 8-week course is specifically designed for new instructional coaches and addresses topics such as: role clarity, using strategies and goals, how to enroll teachers in coaching, how to best work with principals and administration, as well as other topics that will arm new coaches with the skills to succeed.

Tuesday evenings from 5 – 6p.m. CST
June 2 – July 21

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register now for cohorts 3 & 4

Virtual Coaching Courses

As coaches, teachers, and administrators everywhere are adjusting to the new normal, we’ve adapted our coaching PD to make it accessible and impactful in work-from-home environments. Our virtual coaching courses are offered in 5-week cohorts and only require one hour of video-conferencing time per week.

Each course is limited to small groups of 20-25. If the course you’re looking for is unavailable, check back each day, as we’re continuously adding new cohorts as we reach capacity. Thank you for your understanding!

We hope to continue providing our on-site and face-to-face learning opportunities later this year.

Course details

Course Duration: 5 weeks, 1 session/week
Sessions: 60 minute Zoom webinar
Availability: 20 seats per session
Course Times: Choose 1 of 2 available (listed in Central time)
Cost: $189 per person

Cohort Schedule

Cohort I: April 1 – May 7
Cohort II: April 21 – May 27
Cohort III: May 26 – June 25
Cohort IV: June 30 – July 30

Curriculum Development

Whether coaches have been asked to use their curriculum/planning time for writing new curriculum or whether redesigning existing curriculum with teachers for remote learning is a primary focus, this virtual workshop helps coaches to keep the focus on the most integral student-focused aspects of unit and lesson design during this time of both uncertainty and innovation. Choosing a specific concept or unit to work on during this course may be particularly helpful in applying the design process.

Cohort IV
Available Course Times

Tuesdays, 2 – 3pm CDT
Thursdays, 11am – 12pm CDT

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A Process for Distance Coaching

For distance coaching to succeed, coaches need to have a proven approach that they can use to ensure coaching success. Neither teachers nor coaches want to waste time or find themselves in unsuccessful conversations. At the Instructional Coaching Group, we are partnering with Growth Coaching International (GCI) to share coaching processes, skills, and beliefs that will help any coach be more successful.

Cohort IV
Available Course Times

Tuesdays, 11am – 12pm
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30pm

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The Impact Cycle

Based on The Impact Cycle (2017) by Jim Knight, this workshop describes the coaching cycle process 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 for students.

Cohort IV
AVAILABLE Course TIMES

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Thursdays, 5 – 6pm

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The Instructional Playbook

A major reason why effective strategies are not implemented successfully is that professional developers struggle to clearly describe those strategies to educators. When coaches’ explanations lack precision, implementation lacks effectiveness, but a well-designed instructional playbook addresses this issue directly. This virtual workshop is designed to guide teams or individuals through the creation of the instructional playbook, and will help them develop the depth of knowledge and clear explanations that will lead to high-quality implementation.

Cohort IV
Available Course Times

Tuesdays, 11am – 12pm
Wednesdays, 2 – 3pm

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Better Conversations

Better Conversations is one of the most popular workshops we offer. Based on the book Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other To Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected, the workshop offers an intensive exploration of six Better Conversations Beliefs and ten Better Conversations Habits that can help anyone communicate more effectively at work or at home.

Cohort IV
AVAILABLE COURSE TIMES

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30am
Wednesdays, 12 – 1pm

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Better Leaders

All educators (whether they acknowledge it or not) are leaders. Their words and actions shape the minds and hearts of their students and colleagues. This virtual workshop has been created so that all educators can learn about essential leadership concepts and deeply reflect on how they lead others and themselves. By reflecting on why and how they lead, everyone can become a better leader. Participants in this course should be better leaders at the end of five weeks of content, reflection, and discussion.

Cohort IV
AVAILABLE COURSE TIMES

Tuesdays, 2 – 3pm
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30am

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Helping and Partnership

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.

Cohort IV
AVAILABLE COURSE TIMES

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Wednesdays, 12 – 1pm

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Virtual 1-on-1 or team consulting

If you are interested in on-site consulting, please visit our Consulting page.

Ideal for coaching champions, superintendents, central office staff, principals, and coaches, our virtual consulting consists of one ICG consultant partnering with a small number of key decisions makers. Sessions will be facilitated using Zoom or Google Hangouts.

While centered around a custom-made agenda, sessions often address the following issues:

  • Establishing goals for the coaching program
  • Establishing measures of success for coaching programs
  • Planning professional development for coaches, administrators, and teachers
  • Determining how and how frequently coaches will meet in coaching professional development teams 
  • Determining what other supports need to be in place for coaches to work effectively
  • Determining the percentage of time coaches should focus their work on coaching
  • Identifying which coaching model works best for different professionals in the school or school district
  • Identifying the process for creating coaches’ instructional playbook
  • Establishing a coaching evaluation process

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Better Conversations

To learn more about this subject, register for our Better Conversations virtual course

The Instructional Playbook

To learn more about this subject, register for our Instructional Playbook virtual course

The Impact Cycle

To learn more about this subject, register for our Impact Cycle virtual course

Understanding Adults

To learn more about this subject, register for our Helping and Partnership course

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