Learning from coaches: End strong, begin stronger!

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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.



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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 school year; and
  • Engage in Q&A opportunities among a community of learners.

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Joellen Killion, Senior Advisor to Learning Forward and co-author of Coaching Matters and Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-based Coaches
As senior advisor, Joellen Killion leads initiatives related to the link between professional development and student learning. She led the most recent revision of the Standards for Professional Learning, and has extensive experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, and state/provincial levels. She works with coaches, principals, district and state leaders to support understanding and embedding standards-based professional learning in a system. The author or co-author of numerous books, her most recent book, published in 2015, is The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning. Her other books include Coaching Matters (with Cindy Harrison, Chris Bryan, and Heather Clifton); Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development; Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches (with Cindy Harrison); Becoming a Learning School (with Patricia Roy), and others. @jpkillion

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