Learning from coaches: End strong, begin stronger!

Presenters: Joellen Killion, Kenya Pitts Elder, Andrea Gautney, & Paige Treshansky

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As the school year closes, instructional coaches are still hard at work. They are taking the many lessons learned in the last quarter of this school year and using those lessons to plan for a strong, if uncertain, year ahead. Join us for an exploration of how coaches are traversing the challenges of distance professional learning, remaining connected to the teachers they support, and applying their expertise in accelerating teacher learning.     A snippet of the webinar   Participants will: Learn strategies for identifying teachers’ needs and planning virtual professional learning sessions for a strong start to the NEW year; Explore recommendations for building and supporting virtual learning teams; Share strategies for celebrating the successes of teachers and leveraging them for the NEW

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Kenya Pitts Elder, Professional Learning Director, Douglas County School System, GA.
Elder supports the professional learning of leaders, teachers, and instructional coaches.  As a leader, she serves as a resource to the district’s organizational development and technology integration initiatives. She designs and delivers professional learning sessions at both the school and district levels, state conferences, and enjoys being a consultant for the Highlands Ability Battery (HAB). Elder is a proud member of the Learning Forward Academy class of 2020 (Tenacious Troopers) and is passionate about serving educators and championing student success. @KenyaPittsElder

Andrea Gautney, Math Instructional Coach, Clear Springs High School
Andrea Gautney graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, with a degree in secondary education in the areas of mathematics and world languages. Gautney is in her fourteenth year of education, having spent ten years as a math coach, both in California and Texas.  She has supported 100+ teachers in grades 6-12 in implementing new curriculum and standards, facilitating summer math institutes, and supporting instruction. Gautney believes that all students and adults can learn math to very high levels and believes that having a growth mindset is the cornerstone of this learning journey. @GautneyAndrea

Paige Treshansky, Technology Innovation Coach, Kildeer Countryside School District 96, IL
Paige Treshansky’s work focuses on increasing students’ academic, social, and emotional success by empowering teachers to implement equitable high-quality instruction. @ms_cohen96

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Learning Forward is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development. We help our members plan, implement, and measure high-quality professional learning so they can achieve success with their systems, schools, and students.

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Joellen Killion ( is senior advisor to Learning Forward. In each issue of JSD, Killion explores a recent research study to help practitioners understand the impact of particular professional learning practices on student outcomes.

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