Whether you have two days to commit or twenty, we can help your coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators bring out the best in the adults and children they serve. We will work with you to co-design the optimal set of learning experiences to build or strengthen your coaching program, nurture a healthy team culture, build skill in analysis and strategy, expand your repertoire of coaching moves, unlock resistance, and more. Find out about upcoming workshops we offer through our events calendar.
“I LOVED this workshop! Inspiring, great pacing, and I was always engaged in my learning because it was so interactive.”
Jessica, Anaheim City School District coach
“Everything worked for me in this workshop on coaching teams, and frankly that’s unusual for me. The pace was great, no one was put on the spot, it felt very safe and that’s how I learn best.”
Arnaud, the Urban School, San Francisco
“This workshop gave me the time I needed to thoroughly think about a conversation that I needed to have, to plan for it using some tools and approached I would have never thought of using on my own, and then to practice it and get feedback on it. By the end of the day, I felt so confident and motivated to have what will certainly be a challenging conversation—but I know I can do it, and I know I need to. Elena provided just the right balance of input, practice, and feedback. An excellent use of my time.”
Margaret, Merced County Office of Education, CA
“The Art of Coaching workshop we attended in Oakland was transformational for our district. I have attended many workshops in my career and this was by far the most impactful.”
Sharon Kautz, Bellevue School District
Essentials of the Art of Coaching
Duration: 2 days
Description: What are the basics of transformational coaching? What distinguishes this coaching model from other approaches? How can I start using this model now? This 2-3 day training focuses on the coaching conversation and supports coaches, teachers, and administrators in building the skill and capacity of other educators. Participants leave with a deeper understanding of transformational coaching. Activities include: observing masterful coaching, refining listening strategies, applying analytical frameworks, and practicing different kinds of coaching conversations. This is our most popular workshop and is a foundation for other trainings. While not required, participants are strongly encouraged to have read The Art of Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) prior to the workshop.
- Build clarity on the purpose and potential impact of transformational coaching and gain confidence in using this approach
- Identify the three components of a transformational coaching conversation and strengthen skill in leading each effectively
- Engage educators in coaching conversations that change practice and improve the experience and outcomes of children
See this sample agenda for the Art of Coaching: Foundations workshop.
The Art of Coaching: Deeper with the Foundations
Duration: 2 days
Description: How does a coach build muscle memory to show up as their best self each and every time? How can we be sure coaching is having an impact? This training offers participants guided structures to continue internalizing the core strategies in transformational coaching. While some new content and methods are introduced, the emphasis is on practicing, receiving feedback, fine tuning, and deeply internalizing the strategies presented in the Foundations workshop. The Coach’s Dispositions are thoroughly explored, which creates a deeply reflective and potentially transformational experience for participants. This workshop ideally follows within two months of the Foundations course.
- Apply a range of methods to gather feedback on coaching and assess for impact
- Ensure that coaching results in measurable change for teachers and students
- Fluidly and comfortably shift between various coaching stances in response to data presented in a conversation
- Gain confidence in the ability to effectively coach
Coaching Dispositions: Ways of Being that Transform
Duration: 2 days
Description: Which behaviors, beliefs, and ways of being are most conducive to transformation? How can we develop trust with clients so that coaching is effective? How does a coach’s way of being influence their client’s growth? This workshop aims to boost the coach’s self-awareness and fosters the coach’s personal growth in the interest of heightened intentionality with clients. With refined self-awareness about how a coach is showing up and who they are being, tremendous breakthroughs are possible in coaching relationships. Participants practice a range of strategies to gain fluency in their coaching, manage their emotions, and receive feedback. This workshop is powerful for coaches at all stages of their careers.
- Refine competence in using a range of communication methods to elicit deep reflection in others
- Hone self-awareness to balance patience with urgency
- Develop positive, trusting relationships with coaches that are characterized by mutuality, compassion, and curiosity
- Strengthen trust in the coaching process and a coach’s commitment to learning
Coaching for Equitable Schools
Duration: 2 days
Description: How can we interrupt inequities in schools? How can we help educators become aware of and shift the beliefs they hold that might not serve children? This workshop explores coaching strategies that interrupt the practices that uphold systemic oppression. We build knowledge around foundational concepts including equity, unconscious bias, microaggressions, cultural competence, and internalized oppression. We explore the coach’s socio-political consciousness and then consider how to foster someone else’s socio-political consciousness with compassion and curiosity. We consider how to effectively use data and attend to emotional intelligence in what can be difficult conversations. This workshop can be tailored for groups just beginning to address equity issues in schools as well as for those who have been doing so for some time.
- Recognize when a client is holding beliefs that needs to be explored and make decisions about how and when to do so
- Persistently unpack beliefs using a range of coaching strategies
- Identify high leverage entry points to interrupt inequities
- Foster increased awareness about how historical systems of oppression manifest in schools, classrooms and educators’ behaviors
- Use a variety of strategies to respond to own emotions and those of others in coaching for equity
Conversations that Change Practice
Duration: 2 days
Description: How does a coach work with teachers they perceive as resistant? How do we have hard conversations? How can we be sure coaching conversations lead to a change for kids? This workshop hones in on how to coach in challenging situations. We begin with the assumption that if a coach encounters resistance, then the coach needs more skill and knowledge. We examine a coach’s practice to evaluate successful approaches and areas for growth, then explore systematic methods to understand an adult learner and identify entry points and high leverage coaching approaches. We consider the role of trust, the impact of context on a coaching relationship, and strategies to coach emotions and resilience. This workshop is best for those who have been using transformational coaching strategies for at least a year yet long for deeper and more sustained impact.
- Strategically use coaching tools and data to surface and shift limiting beliefs about students
- Employ high leverage strategies to maintain trust while using directive coaching approaches
- Plan for coaching conversations within a teacher’s Zone of Proximal Development
- Ensure that conversations lead to change in a teacher’s instructional practice
Inside the Coach’s Brain: Tools for Artful Analysis
Duration: 2 days
Description: How does a coach translate the observational and anecdotal data about a client’s practice into meaningful strategies for growth? What’s going on inside the mind of a transformational coach? The focus of this workshop is on building the coach’s analytical skills in order to guide a client to identify the root cause of the sticking point in their practice and to strategically chart a path forward. Tools introduced in the Foundations workshop (e.g., Mind the Gap, Spheres of Control) are revisited and new tools are added, including the Coaching Lenses, with ample opportunities for practice using consultancy protocols, text-based discussion, role plays, and more. Coaches build skill in a range of analytical frameworks along with the judgment to discern which are most helpful in addressing a some of the most common coaching dilemmas.
- Create work plans that are strategic, aligned, and intentional
- Plan coaching conversations using multiple methods that align to work plans
- Apply the Coaching Lenses in strategic planning and in conversation
- Analyze the impact of coaching strategies to heighten judgment and decision-making in a coaching conversation
- Explore how to shift limiting beliefs and fixed mindsets
Nuts & Bolts: Systems that Maximize Impact
Duration: 1 day
Description: How do effective coaches keep track of the learning trajectories of each of their clients? What records should we be keeping? How can we collect evidence of the impact of coaching? Even the best of coaches are only as strong as the systems they put in place to keep their practice running smoothly and effectively. In this workshop, learn to manage your coaching portfolio, plan for and keep accurate records of coaching conversations, create and follow work plans with clients, assess the impact of your coaching, and set up the structures that will maximize the time you have available for clients.
- Recognize the connection between effective coaching systems and increased potential for positive impact on students
- Identify and set up the systems that maximize impact
- Establish and organize documentation (e.g., observation records, work and conversation plans)
Strategies: What Does a Coach Do Besides Talk?
Duration: 2 days
Description: In developing a work plan with a client, what kinds of learning activities might a coach engage in? How do we determine which are most appropriate for the client’s learning goals? How do we make decisions in the moment to dig into our coaching toolbox? While conversation lies at the heart of coaching, this workshop is about building skill in the coaching activities that complement the coaching conversation. Coaches will learn about and practice a range of methods, from facilitative activities like storytelling and metaphorical thinking to directive activities like giving feedback and data-driven dialogue. Skill is also built in mapping those activities within the client’s Zone of Proximal Development at the level of both the conversation and the work plan.
- Build a deep toolbox of learning structures that can fuel coaching conversations and deepen impact
- Strengthen the judgment to determine which activities might lead to change in a client’s practice and when to use them
- Maintain trust while using directive coaching approaches, including gathering and analyzing data
- Incorporate reflection and facilitative coaching strategies into coaching sessions in which other learning activities are central
Transformational Leadership Coaching
Duration: 2 days
Description: How can coaching build leadership capacity? Which transformational coaching strategies are most effective with leaders? How do we address and explore issues of identity when coaching leaders? Leadership coaching is an exceptionally powerful, strategic, and under-utilized method for transforming schools. This workshop explores the most effective strategies to coach teacher leaders, site administrators and central office staff—anyone considered a leader. We analyze the coaching practices that are most applicable, relevant, and transformational for leaders and understand the distinctions between instructional or content coaching and leadership coaching. Particular attention is paid to the role of identity in leadership and how to coach identity growth. We also explore how to use systems thinking approaches to understand a leader’s context and strategically guide them through decision-making. The emphasis in this workshop is around building another’s leadership capacities for which facilitative coaching is essential. This workshop is most effective when participants have taken at least one workshop after The Art of Coaching: Foundations.
- Explore and understand the complexities and particularities of coaching leaders
- Incorporate a systems thinking approach and related strategies when using a leadership lens
- Identify high leverage strategies to maintain trust while using directive coaching approaches
- Recognize the relevance of identity, emotions, and nonverbal communication and utilize coaching strategies that explore these domains of being
- Gain confidence in the ability to effectively coach senior leaders in an organization
The Art of Coaching Teams
Duration: 2 or 3 days
Description: How do we build teams that are healthy, resilient, and collaborative, that stay focused on student needs and that ultimately impact the experience of children? How do we deal with conflict in teams? How do make sure that all of the hours we spend in meetings actually result in something meaningful and lasting? This workshop explores the extensive skill set that a leader needs to facilitate effective teams. The first days of the workshop focus on the team meeting and on the highest leverage leadership moves. We address managing unhealthy conflict, setting up systems for focused team meetings, cultivating trust in meetings, and leading professional development that meet the needs of adult learners. Particular attention is placed on how to cultivate a team’s emotional intelligence and how to respond to undercurrents of tension, conflict, and dysfunction. Participants practice the necessary skills, reflect on their own leadership, and plan for upcoming meetings.
After learning about how to have productive meetings, the subsequent days of this workshop focus on establishing the systems and structures in which teams thrive, setting the scope and sequence of team development, and refining the ability to manage conflict and unproductive communication, as well as to cultivate healthy conflict. This workshop is relevant to anyone who leads a team: site and central office administrators, teacher leaders, and coaches. Although the Art of Coaching Foundations workshop is not a prerequisite, it is highly recommended that participants engage in that learning first as the skill set for coaching individuals is foundational for coaching groups of people.
- Expand your definition of transformational leadership and reflect on who you want to be as a leader
- Develop your ability to ensure meeting time is purposeful and meaningful and that it reflect the principles of adult learning
- Hone your capacity to increase the emotional intelligence of a team and your own
- Increase your capacity to cultivate, repair and deepen trust among a team
- Strengthen your ability to facilitate healthy conflict and manage unhealthy conflict in meetings
- Refine your ability to address resistance
- Analyze a team meeting for evidence of trust, outcomes, and effective team leadership
Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators
Duration: 2 days
Description: How can coaching yield healthier, happier individuals and teams? How do coaches deal with their own and others’ emotions? How do we attend to adult emotions and also fulfill our purpose as educators to meet the needs of children? Coaches play a critical role in cultivating an educator’s ability to manage stress and respond to adversity, and therefore coaches can mediate the impact of burnout, including high turnover of teachers. To do this, coaches need a refined and specific skill set to understand emotions, know how and where to intervene in an emotional cycle, and build the capacity of another to manage their emotional experiences. We begin by reflecting on our own emotional resilience, then explore and practice coaching strategies to do similar work with others. This workshop is relevant to anyone who seeks a deeper understanding and wider skill set for responding to the emotional experiences of adults. The content of this workshop is based on Elena’s forthcoming book, Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, (Jossey-Bass, 2018).
- Employ various approaches to respond to and manage the emotions of self and others
- Understand the cycle of an emotion and the greatest points of intervention to build resilience
- Know how to build the habits of a resilient educator and understand the dispositions that are strengthened by doing so
- Identify moments where resilience can be cultivated and use a range of strategies to do so
- Connect efforts to build resilience in adults to the task of creating equitable schools and transforming the experiences of children
The Art of Coaching: Team Retreat
Duration: 2 days
Description: Do you want to see the Art of Coaching Teams in action? Would you like to be able to join your team in becoming healthier, more collaborative, and more resilient, and leave the job of planning and facilitating to someone else? A great team retreat–with smart planning and follow through–can have an enormous impact on the team’s effectiveness. Complementary to our traditional workshop structure, this service is customized to meet your team’s needs and can include opportunities for leadership coaching, follow-up facilitation, and/or professional development for your team(s). It is an ideal experience for a team at the launch of the school year, midway to pause for reflection, or to conclude a school year and plan for the next one and is appropriate for school-based teams in public, charter, and independent schools including: administrative teams, leadership teams, departments, grade-level teams, teams of coaches, and more. The approaches, tools, and curriculum draw from The Art of Coaching as well as The Art of Coaching Teams and all experiences are facilitated by members of Elena’s team.
- Develop clarity on your team’s purpose, products, and outcomes
- Cultivate your team’s norms, values, and agreements and learn how to keep them alive
- Create structures and routines to facilitate your team’s work
- Develop trust and build your team’s emotional intelligence
- Learn and apply the principles of adult learning, change management, and organizational development that shape an effective team
Coaching Techniques for Managers
Duration: 2 days
Description: How do we navigate the tensions of being an evaluator and a coach? How do we build the capacity of others while also being their boss? How do we align systems and structures so that we can make the most of coaching? This workshop tailors the Art of Coaching Foundations to managers who hold evaluative and supervisory responsibilities with the staff they coach. It incorporates an understanding and awareness of the tensions around power and hierarchical dynamics. We identify entry points into effective coaching strategies within this context and recognize that roles don’t have to be determinants to coaching educators. We learn to distinguish between coaching conversations and supervisorial (or “hard”) conversations, identify the key tools and approaches for both kinds of conversations, set up the systems that will allow these conversations to have the intended effect, and practice both kinds of conversations. Finally, we consider the conditions necessary for coaching to be effective by examining how to foster a strong learning culture and build staff trust in the coaching process. This workshop provides a rigorous and meaningful learning experience for principals, assistant principals, central office leaders, and anyone in the role of leading or managing others.
- Recognize the conditions necessary to best leverage coaching as a way to build someone’s practice
- Understand the conditions necessary for coaching to have the greatest impact
- Effectively use transformational coaching strategies as a way to build capacity in direct reports
- Identify when a conversation needs to be a coaching conversation and when it needs to be a manager conversation
- Understand how to align systems and partner with others in the organization to maximize the potential of coaching