Preparing To Lead

Coaches Academy for New Instructional Leaders

Impacting Student Achievement Through Quality Instructional Coaching

North Georgia RESA is excited to offer a unique job-alike cohort specifically designed for those who are new Instructional Coaches for the 2014-2015 school year. Opportunities for collaboration, networking, and timely professional learning will be an integral part of each agenda. Registration is now open and can be found at We look forward to meeting you and serving you this year.

Day 1: August 22, 2014

The Art of Changing Minds

Welcome to the world of Instructional Coaching. As an Instructional Coach, you have just entered an entirely new world. Building relationships with new teachers, learning the work, staying one step ahead, and working closely with building level leaders can be an overwhelming experience. During our first meeting together, we will begin laying the foundation necessary to not just "survive" your first year, but to finish strong. Our agenda for this day will include:

1. Roles and Responsibilities

2. Tips for working with Principals and Building Leaders

3. Confidentiality

4. Coaching Cycle-Part 1

5. Understanding the Importance of your School Improvement Plan-Part 1

Please bring a copy of your current school improvement plan.

Location: North Georgia RESA

Time: 8:30-4:00

Trainers: Kelly Rogers and Sandy Layman

Day 2: October 20, 2014

Starting Strong

What is the necessary information you need to know "today" in order to effectively lead the work in your school?

Never has there been a time when the educational climate has changed so dramatically. Teachers are looking for guidance and stability, and many times they will look to their Instructional Coach for support and answers. You need to be ready! Today, our agenda will begin the process of building capacity in you to answer some of those important questions.

The agenda for today will include:

1. Effective Coaching Cycle-Part 2

2. School Improvement Plans-Part 2

3. TKES Overview for Coaches

Training Location: North Georgia RESA

Time: 8:30-4:00

Trainers: Kelly Rogers and Sandy Layman

Guest presenter: Stefany Howard

Day 3: January 16, 2014

Digging Yourself Out of the Weeds

Reality has set in and you are probably wondering, "What have I gotten myself into?"

Mid-year is stressful for everyone, especially for those of you who are trying to lead teachers in a direction that many may not want to go. Change is hard and expectations are high. How do you go from just "surviving" this time of the year to keeping the teachers focused on the "main thing" and not run off the rails? Today, we come to the rescue. Our agenda for today will include:

1. Understanding building, district, and school level data

2. Where are we now and where do we go? Strategic planning for second semester

3. Coaching in a climate of change.

Training Location: North Georgia RESA

Time: 8:30-4:00

Trainers: Kelly Rogers and Sandy Layman

Day 4: March 12, 2014

Chin up! You Will Make It, I Promise!!!

Today will be our last day together for the year. What do we do now? What should the work look like in order to finish strong and not seek new employment? Having a good plan helps to eliminate all of those questions that may be plaguing you right now. We will look at how to generate a plan for Next Steps that is realistic, timely, and goal oriented. Our agenda will include:

1. Protocols for evaluating student work


3. Idealism or Reality? Collaboration and Next Steps

Training Location: North Georgia RESA

Training Time: 8:30-4:00

Trainers: Kelly Rogers and Sandy Layman

Additional Training Dates for ALL Instructional Coaches

Whether you are a new instructional coach or a veteran, we invite to you join our additional training days for Coaches Academy. The following dates have been set aside for ALL coaches. Please plan to attend. You will enjoy the collaboration and networking opportunities.

Coaches Academy Dates:

October 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

February 9, 2015

May 4, 2015

Training Location: North Georgia RESA

Time: 8:30-4:00

Trainers: Sandy Layman, Kelly Rogers, and guest presenters