Virtual Professional Development

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

What is an instructional coach?

An instructional coach is a dedicated partner for teachers, providing evidence-based practices that improve teaching and learning, so students everywhere can be more successful.

Our #1 offering is now virtual

The 16-Week Institute

The Coaching Institute is a comprehensive foundational course that gives coaches and administrators, from start to finish, everything they need to know to become successful coaching partners. It is backed by more than 20 years of research conducted by Jim Knight and researchers at The Instructional Coaching Group.

The Coaching Institute is critical for any instructional coach who needs guidance with their role, responsibilities, or resources.

The Coaching Institute

led by Jim Knight and the ICG Senior Consultants

The content from our on-site Institute has been enhanced to include new content that is especially meaningful for today’s coaches and administrators. It includes all of the same learning materials, plus an expanded agenda, and additional professional development hours. Join Jim Knight for this 16-week course on Monday evenings at 2:30pm CST.

All sessions are recorded and available on-demand for 30 days.

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The 8-Week Workshop

The 8-week introductory 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. 

Instructional Coaching: An Introduction

Led by Jim Knight and the ICG Senior Consultants

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.

All sessions are recorded and available on-demand for 30 days.

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    5-Week Workshops

    As coaches, teachers, and administrators everywhere continue to navigate changing teaching environments, we’ve adapted our coaching PD to make it accessible and impactful in a variety of work-from-home options.

    Each virtual 5-week workshop is led by one of ICG’s senior consultants: Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas.

    Interested in custom or private workshops for your school or district? Visit our Workshops page for our complete list of offerings.

    5-weeks

    2 hr session / week

    $595 per person

    High-Impact Remote Instructional Strategies

    10-hour course, $595 per person

    How do we transfer what we already know and trust about great instruction to an online learning environment? Based on the bestseller High-Impact Instruction (2012) by Jim Knight, this workshop focuses on effective, high-impact teaching strategies to be used in virtual classrooms. While the content of this workshop directly impacts teachers, it is also critical for instructional coaches and administrators who support teachers.

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    5-weeks

    1 hr session / week

    $395 per person

    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.

    Click the register button to see our complete Better Conversations schedule.

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    5-weeks

    1 hr session / week

    $395 per person

    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. The Instructional Coaching Group’s newest book, The Instructional Playbook: The Missing Link for Translating Research into Practice, describes what coaches can do to develop the depth of knowledge and clear explanations that will lead to high-quality implementation.  When coaches’ explanations lack precision, implementation lacks effectiveness, but a well-designed instructional playbook addresses this issue directly.

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    5-weeks

    1 hr session / week

    $395 per person

    Better Leaders

    This workshop 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. Better Leaders introduces participants to several high-yield leadership strategies for first leading themselves and then leading others.

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    5-weeks

    1 hr session / week

    $395 per person

    Working with Adults: Helping & 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.

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    5-weeks

    1 hr session / week

    $395 per person

    What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

    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.

    Click the register button to see our complete What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching schedule.

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    1- and 2-day workshops

    In order to meet the needs of those with busier schedules, we’re providing several virtual workshops as 1-and 2-day options.

    Each of the following courses is led by one of ICG’s senior consultants: Ann Hoffman, Michelle Harris, and Sharon Thomas.

    Interested in custom or private workshops for your school or district? Visit our Workshops page for our complete list of offerings.

    The Impact Cycle

    10-hour course, $595 per person

    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.

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    Coaching in Times of Chaos: Reducing Anxiety While Increasing Impact

    3-hour course, $225 per person

    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.

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    A Process for Distance Coaching

    5-hour course, $395 per person

    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.

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    Coaching to Increase Engagement

    5-hour course, $395 per person

    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.

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      What Administrators Need to Know About Coaching

      5-hour course, $395 per person 

      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.

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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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      Positive Learning Environments