Becoming a Cognitive CoachingSM Trainer: A Developmental Continuum

The skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be an effective Cognitive Coaching Seminars® trainer are complex and challenging to most. Given that, Thinking Collaborative is committed to supporting those interested in becoming trainers in a process that supports learner efficacy and craftsmanship, maintains the integrity of this work and builds strong capacity in systems. The following steps represent the recommended and expected process. Each prospective trainer will work with a Training Associate who will individualize the process as needed.

An Agency Trainer contracts with Thinking Collaborative to only do training within his/her own agency. Training Associates contract with Thinking Collaborative to provide training to organizations for a fee. Training Associates pay a royalty for each day of training they provide.

Steps in Becoming an Agency Trainer/Training Associate

Step 1. Complete Cognitive Coaching Seminars® training.

Step 2. Attend a Cognitive Coaching℠ Advanced Seminar.

Step 3. Observe a Training Associate conducting Cognitive Coaching Seminars® training and take notes for process and training design with formal debriefs.

Step 4. Co-train Cognitive Coaching Seminars® training with a Training Associate until both feel the new trainer is qualified and prepared to work without a Training Associate.

Step 5. Submit videos of coaching conversations with reflections on the CC rubric.

  • Agency Trainer submits to authorized Training Associate
  • Training Associate submits to Directors

Step 6. Attend a Presenters’ Forum

  • Agency Trainer strongly recommended
  • Training Associate required

Step 7. Cognitive Coaching Seminars®

To become a Training Associate, Agency Trainers must conduct four series of Cognitive Coaching Seminars® after achieving Agency Trainer status.

If you are interested in developing as a trainer of Cognitive Coaching℠, please contact the Directors.


Becoming an Adaptive Schools Trainer

Adaptive Schools is committed to supporting individuals interested in becoming Agency Trainers or Training Associates. An Agency Trainer contracts with Thinking Collaborative to only do training within his/her own agency. Training Associates contract with Thinking Collaborative to provide training to organizations for a fee. Training Associates pay a royalty for each day of training they provide. Typically, prospective trainers become Agency Trainers first, gain experience in their own systems, then may choose to pursue the Training Associate certification. The steps outlined here represent the recommended and expected procedure.* Each prospective trainer will work with a Training Associate who will individualize the process as needed.

Criteria for Becoming a Trainer

It is important to understand the foundation of this work, and, therefore, the following are criteria for becoming a trainer:

  • Demonstrated depth of understanding and application of the content of Adaptive Schools
  • Demonstrated depth of understanding and application of effective training practices with adults
  • Demonstrated ability to model Four Hats of Shared Leadership
  • Demonstrated alignment of Adaptive Schools beliefs and actions

Steps to Become an Adaptive Schools Trainer

It is recommended that a developing trainer attend the Advanced Adaptive Schools Seminar before beginning observations. The dates and locations of the Foundation Seminars, Advanced Adaptive Schools Seminars, and Presenters’ Forum (formally Trainers’ Forum) are all listed on this Web site. The steps listed will assist in completing the process recommended to become a Trainer:

  1. Complete the Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar.
  2. Attend the Advanced Adaptive Schools Seminar.
  3. Observe a Training Associate conducting the Foundation Seminar and take notes for process and training design with formal debriefings.
  4. Co-train the Foundation Seminar with a Training Associate until both feel the new trainer is qualified and prepared to work without a Training Associate.
  5. The Presenters’ Forum (formally Trainers’ Forum) is required for Training Associate certification, and recommended for Agency Trainer certification. There is a 30-minute presentation video showcasing new learning from Presenters’ Forum that is required for successful completion.
  6. Submit videos:
    1. Agency Trainer—submit to authorized Training Associate with whom you are working:
    2. A 30-minute video of solo presentation of Adaptive Schools content or 60-minute co-presentation video.
    3. Written reflection using the presentation rubric
    4. Training Associate—submit to Directors:
      • A 30-minute video of complex facilitation.
      • Written reflection using the facilitation rubric
  7. To become a Training Associate, Agency Trainers must conduct four series of Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminars after achieving Agency Trainer status.

If you are interested in becoming an Adaptive Schools Trainer, please contact the Directors of Thinking Collaborative.