Art Costa & Robert Garmston
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.
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
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
A Leadership Institute for Deepening and Extending Your Identity as a Mediator
This seminar will immerse you in deeper learning about the principles and practices of Cognitive CoachingSM and prepare those wishing to become trainers for the next steps of their development. You will master concepts and skills from the Foundation Seminar® at a higher level of understanding and skill through rich practice and feedback experiences. You will learn a new map, the Calibrating Conversation for use with a set of standards for performance. Knowledge of the States of Mind and how to mediate for them will be emphasized. Your capacity to coach for cognitive shift will be enhanced.
The experiences of this week will support any school leader in the coaching and supervision of teachers as well as developing skills which are applicable in the classroom and in one’s personal life.
Prerequisite: Completion of Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar®
In this six day seminar participants will develop:
• Deeper understanding of the missions of Cognitive CoachingSM and the goal of the Foundation Seminar®
• Efficacy and Craftsmanship with the maps and tools of Cognitive CoachingSM
• Understanding of coaching for deep structure
• Understanding of how Cognitive CoachingSM aligns with brain research
• Deeper understanding of Support Functions and States of Mind
• Expanded possibilities of and applications for our identities as mediators
• Personal coaching mastery framed as a journey, not a destination