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Effective Coaching for School Improvement with Joellen Killion

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 4 p.m. ET

Leading author and coaching expert Joellen Killion outlines her online course Effective Coaching to Strengthen Instruction. Hear how modeling effective coaching techniques at scale can lead to enduring, system-wide improvements. Members of the Fort Bend Independent School District in Fort Bend, Texas, will also be on hand to discuss their experience with implementing the program districtwide. Facilitated by Sophia Thwaites, implementation manager of EducatorEd.
Participants will leave with:

  • A better understanding of key characteristics of effective coaching;
  • How the Effective Coaching online course addresses the need for professional learning that is designed specifically for coaches, which is lacking in many districts nationwide; and
  • How a systemwide implementation of this type of learning will help schools improve the quality of coaching at scale by building a common language, shared goals, and foundational skills among coaching staff, leading to increased capacity and more effective instruction.


jkillionJoellen Killion is senior advisor for Learning Forward and formerly its deputy executive director. As senior advisor she leads, facilitates, and contributes to initiatives related to the link between professional learning and student learning. She has over 30 years’ experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, state, and international level.

Ms. Killion is a frequent contributor to education publications and the author of 12 books including:

  • Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teacher Leaders and School-based Coaches, 2nd edition (with Cindy Harrison);
  • The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning;
  • Coaching Matters (with Cindy Harrison, Chris Bryan, and Heather Clifton);
  • Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development;
  • The Learning Educator: A New Era in Professional Learning (with Stephanie Hirsh); and
  • Becoming a Learning School (with Patricia Roy).


Sophia Thwaites HeadshotSophia Thwaites is the Implementation Operations Manager at Public Consulting Group. She has over fifteen years of experience in K-12 education. Thwaites started her career as a middle school teacher and most recently has been managing online and blended professional learning programs for districts and state education agencies throughout the US. She is dedicated to student success, especially ensuring students from diverse ethnic, linguistic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds receive equitable access to quality educational experiences. She received a BA in History from the University of Florida, a postgraduate diploma in History Education from the University of the West Indies and a MA in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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