Cognitive Coaching℠ 8-Day Foundations Course

08/07/2019 - 02/21/2020 All Day
6051 Wescott Road
Columbia, SC 29212


The 8-Day Foundations Course is a year-long leadership training course designed for administrators and instructional coaches.  Participants learn the skills needed to support and enhance teacher thinking processes.

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. 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.

Learning Outcomes
Meeting once per month for a total of 8-days, participants will learn to:

  • build trust by developing physical and verbal rapport.
  • develop an identity as a mediator of people’s thinking.
  • utilize three mediative maps for planning, reflecting and problem resolving.
  • facilitate self-directed learning through reflective questioning.
  • develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community.
  • develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence.
  • distinguish four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating.
  • practice coaching interactions to differentiate for individual needs.
  • utilize the coaching toolkit of pause, paraphrase, and pose a question.
  • apply coaching skills that enhance the intellectual processes of instruction.
  • distinguish between the five categories of feedback.

Course Dates* are:

  • Day 1: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Day 2: Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Day 3: Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Day 4: Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Day 5: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Day 6: Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Day 7: Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Day 8: Friday, February 21, 2020

Participants meet 9am – 4pm on scheduled dates.
*If a day is cancelled due to inclement weather, Thursday (March 5th) and Friday (March 6th) will serve as the make-up dates (ONLY IF NEEDED).

The August 7-8 will be held at Irmo Middle School in the Cafeteria, 6051 Wescott Road Columbia, SC 29212
The remaining dates will be at Irmo High School in the PD area located behind the Media Center, 6671 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212.

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