The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community.
ABOUT THE TRAINING
Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction. Cognitive Coaching is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes.
Cognitive Coaching Seminars® are an eight-day training generally conducted over an 18–24 month period of time. It can be delivered in flexible formats depending on the needs of the agency. Agendas for Days 1–4 include the Planning Conversation Map and the Reflecting Conversation Map as well as the tools of Cognitive CoachingSM. Days 5–8 provide for skill refinement and understanding of the Problem-Resolving Map.
PLANNING FOR A SEMINAR
Some configurations for scheduling include but are not limited to the following:
Days 1 and 2 consecutively, Days 3 and 4 consecutively spaced over one school year
Days 5 and 6 consecutively, Days 7 and 8 consecutively spaced over a second school year
Days 1 through 8 presented consecutively in two-day blocks in one school year.
Days 1–3 (sometimes offered as a summer institute)
Days 4 and 5
Other configurations are possible.
FOUNDATION SEMINAR OUTCOMES
In the eight-day Seminars, participants learn how to:
develop trust and rapport
develop an identity as a mediator of thinking
utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting and problem resolving
develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community
develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence
apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating
utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions
distinguish among the five forms of feedback
use data to mediate thinking
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