Event description

Cognitive CoachingSM provides a foundation for the communication skills needed by teacher leaders and those occupying positions of educational leadership. This four-day course presents an approach to professional relationships that focuses on supporting the thinking of colleagues in the areas of planning and reflecting.The specific skills and strategies included in this course lend themselves to developing a school culture of collaboration and a professional learning community.

Course Overview

As a result of course activities, learners will:

Understand the essence of Cognitive Coaching and how it differs from consulting and evaluation.

Increase consciousness and craftsmanship in applying

interpersonal communication skills to develop trust and rapport.

Understand the power of a structured professional conversation.

Learn specific reflective listening strategies.

Practice coaching skills in planning, reflecting and problem

resolving conversations.

Increase awareness of and skills in asking mediational questions.

Gain a greater understanding of the use of data in mediating thinking.

Understand the three filters of perception and how to adjust one’s style preferences.


The course is highly interactive and will include:

Modeling and role play
Small group activities
Learning partners
Readings from text and course guide

This Cognitive CoachingSM course is offered through the Center for Cognitive Coaching, a part of the Thinking Collaborative. Image courtesy of Drflet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.