We want to give you a peek inside our Coach Certificate & Mentorship Program. Coaches taking part in this academic-year-long journey have graciously given us permission to post some of their learning and reflections from the private coursework they are undertaking during this program. Where possible, we have shared the course and the action task to give context for the guest post.

The Topic: Evaluating Your Coaching Program

The Task: Share an artifact from your coaching program that demonstrates what phase of implementation you are in (Clarify, Consistency, Community)


What is this artifact?

My amazing coaching team presented to the Southeast Region Coaching Conference how we created an intentional coaching program, mostly through the support of Kim Cofino’s program, The Coach. We discussed needs assessments, themes, newsletters, and refinement.

Why does it demonstrate this stage of your coaching program?

This was my first year in my district, so I knew no one in the district (other than 2 coaches I was working with), and therefore, needed to build relationships. Luckily for me, 2 coaches were working with Kim to find clarity, implement consistency, and build community. This document shows the hard work our team collectively did over the last year with the support of Kim. While I wasn’t working with Kim at the time, I was able to reap the benefits of the information. I think I’m in a much better place as a coach because our coaching program has the important components in place.

Will this be an artifact you would like to refine during the course of the program?

We have signed up to present again in November at a statewide coaching conference and I’m sure we’ll refine slightly. We are already planning to meet with principals next week to help us refine our vision to best support teachers and administration. So yes, I’d like this to include a clear plan for bite-sized PD (monthly) and additional PD (longer). This is already in the works but can be added.

Read more from The Coach participants as they share their learning from the certificate & mentorship program…

Tracy: Setting Your Goal

Becca: Measuring Your Impact

Ian: Working with Adults

Karli: Measuring Your Impact

Level Up Your Coaching with The Coach!

If you are ready to dive deep into your coaching practice, to help you #coachbetter and build a thriving coaching culture in your school, please join us for our next cohort of The Coach!

Wherever you are in building a coaching culture in your school, The Coach will give you the strategies, skills and tools you need to make coaching a success and will empower you to confidently apply instructional coaching strategies in any situation – from building a coaching program, to having coaching conversations, to being a leader in your school community. We facilitate only one cohort each academic year so we can offer individualized support for each participant.

Coaches of all levels are welcome: you’ll start the program with a self-assessment to determine exactly what the next steps are for you!