Forward Edge Coaches Camp

Exclusive Professional Development for Instructional Coaches

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2023 Dates Announced!

Virtual Camp

2023 Dates: June 12th-14th

Cincinnati Camp

2023 Dates: July 27th-28th

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Navigate the Coaching Wilderness with Us!

Google Recommended Coaching Partner, Forward Edge, will be hosting a jam-packed, hands-on, two-day training for instructional technology coaches!

Space is limited.

Campers will:

  • Create career-long connections with like-minded tech coaches
  • Build foolproof strategies for creating coach-teacher relationships
  • Learn how to execute coaching cycles that move the technology integration needle and fill up your coaching calendar
  • Learn how to build a culture of coaching and technology integration in your school and district

Dates:

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for each camper.

*Your spot is not reserved until payment is received. We accept payment via PayPal, Credit Card, or PO from your school.

"There is NO other PD like this for coaches out there!"

Summer 2021 Participant

"One thing that stood out was how organized everything was. I also love that there was new ideas that I could use after being a coach for 7 years such as the Formal Coaching Cycle. I think this is one of the key pieces that I have been missing. I could even do this camp again and feel like I pick up new information."

Summer 2022 Participant

"Now that I'm heading into my third year as a coach, I find the sessions (core and breakout) even more helpful. I LOVED the fact that you had a fully virtual option!!"

Summer 2022 Participant

"I loved the "Creating Space for Teachers" session. I got so many ideas for how I can reach my teachers outside of in person PD."

Summer 2022 Participant

"Building Relationships for Sustainable Change and Graphic Design for Coaches were my favorite sessions. I really liked how friendly and professional EVERY session leader was."

Summer 2022 Participant

"I liked all of the core sessions and break outs that I attended by the one that got me charged up was the Graphic Design for Coaches. I don't think I have ever had 3 days of PD pass so quickly."

Summer 2022 Participant

"My favorite session was Building Relationships for Sustainable Change. It covered what you think is obvious but expanded on the ideas and flagging habits I didn't recognize I had."

Summer 2022 Participant

2023 Agenda is Under Construction! Here's a Sample of What You Can Expect from Last Year

Day One Schedule

Not only is it important for you, the coach, to understand the roles and responsibilities of this unique role, but it is also critical to be able to clearly articulate your role to the educators that you serve. This session will cover the Do's and Don'ts of a coach and also help you craft your coaching elevator pitch to start the year off right!

Keeping up with the latest and greatest in educational technology tools and platforms is becoming increasingly difficult. With the rise in social media groups teachers and coaches are inundated with the flashiest uses of technology in the classroom. This session challenges the way we approach technology use to support student learning and provides a structure for integrating technology that is both purposeful and manageable.

Coaching Cycles can be one of the most powerful elements of a coaching program. Providing teachers with individualized, goal specific, on-going support can really move the needle on classroom and student impact. This session will start with a high level overview of Google's 5 Step Coaching Model. Then, we will dig in deeper to share our secrets to building the foundation for and kicking off successful coaching cycles.

Formal Coaching Cycles 101

1:1 interactions with teachers are a key element to any instructional coach's schedule. But, how can you structure these meetings effectively? What tools can help you promote lasting, meaningful change in that educator's teaching practice? How can you help teachers create purposeful goals and choose a way forward that best fits the needs of their students? This session will highlights ways you can implement the first three steps of the Google 5-Step Coaching model, build a sustainable coaching program, and set teachers up for lasting success.

Advancing a Makerspace Culture

"Makerspace" is not a new buzzword in education. Many schools are now equipped with Maker materials, spaces, and even staffing to support the development of a Maker culture. Early adopters tend to sprint to the shiny new equipment, but how do we get all educators (and students) reaping the benefits of a Makerspace? Join in this session to discover how to create a sustainable Maker culture.

Another Flipping PD Day

As coaches, we want to make sure that we model best practices when facilitating professional learning opportunities for the educators that we work with. This means that our instruction should lead to participant mastery of that concept, learning should be relevant to participants, and what we are teaching them should directly translate to application in the classroom. This session will help you think differently about how you develop and structure your PD sessions.

Formal Coaching Cycles 102

Now that your "coaching cycle" teachers have created a goal they'd like to accomplish with you, what's next? Well, the bulk of a formal coaching cycle program revolves around a meeting, observation, meeting cadence where coaches and teachers plan together, teach together, and reflect together. This is when the real "magic" of coaching cycles begins to show itself...so, how can you promote this model with your teachers, and what resources might help you structure this cadence effectively? This session will highlight ways you can implement the final two steps of the Google 5-step coaching model and set up your coaching program for long-term growth.

Building Relationships for Sustainable Change

Building relationships is the key to being a successful coach, yet so little training is provided on this soft, but crucial, skill. This interactive session will share trade secrets to building relationships with teachers and administrators, as well as working with reluctant teachers to make your work as a coach more meaningful!

Differentiation for Coaches

Wouldn't it be great if all teachers walked out of PD feeling like they learned something valuable? As a coach, you support so many teachers with different readiness levels, personalities, contents, and learning styles. This session will help attendees utilize different strategies to diversify and differentiate to make every PD more impactful!

Sustaining Coaching Conversations

Instructional coaches strive to foster focused, intentional, and sustained discussions with teachers. However, the reality is that teachers are stressed, conversations are short, plans change day-to-day, and help is needed in the moment. During this session we will reflect on our current coaching realities and explore different ways that we can keep our conversations with teachers going, in order to directly impact student learning.

Marketing Yourself to Fill Your Coaching Calendar

Do you have trouble clarifying your role? What about getting teachers to sign up or coaching cycles? How do you promote PD that you offer? Do you do anything to recognize the "bright spots" in your school? Learn about different materials you can use to help answer all of these questions and more!

Advancing a Makerspace Culture

"Makerspace" is not a new buzzword in education. Many schools are now equipped with Maker materials, spaces, and even staffing to support the development of a Maker culture. Early adopters tend to sprint to the shiny new equipment, but how do we get all educators (and students) reaping the benefits of a Makerspace? Join in this session to discover how to create a sustainable Maker culture.

Day Two Schedule

As coaches it can be really hard to quantify and track what we do. ConnectHub is a data collection tool designed specifically for coaches. We will look at how ConnectHub works, what information you can put into the system, and what sort of data you will get in return. This session will leave you with concrete strategies for both collecting data and making informed decisions to make the most out of your coaching program.

Often coaching is viewed from a siloed approach. The literacy coach advances the district’s literacy initiative. The tech coach advances the district’s technology integration initiative, etc. The issue with a siloed approach to coaching is that it leaves all parties feeling stretched thin and juggling more than they can handle. Teachers burn out. Administrators lose focus. Any initial momentum is quickly lost. This session explores how coaches can approach their work from a systematic approach that achieves maximum impact and sustainability.

Sustaining Coaching ConversationsFormal Coaching Cycles 101

Instructional coaches strive to foster focused, intentional, and sustained discussions with teachers. However, the reality is that teachers are stressed, conversations are short, plans change day-to-day, and help is needed in the moment. During this session we will reflect on our current coaching realities and explore different ways that we can keep our conversations with teachers going, in order to directly impact student learning.

Graphic Design for Coaches

Attendees will learn from our resident marketing expert at Forward Edge exactly what makes marketing materials eye-catching and impactful. From creating your own infographics in Google Drawings and Slides, to utilizing templates in Canva, attendes will walk away with all kinds of new marketing tips and tricks!

Creative Spaces for PD

Let us help you revamp and redefine what professional learning looks like in your school. Walk away with ideas on how to provide professional learning in both virtual and nontraditional settings to grow teachers outside of the traditional "sit and get" PD.

Formal Coaching Cycles 101

1:1 interactions with teachers are a key element to any instructional coach's schedule. But, how can you structure these meetings effectively? What tools can help you promote lasting, meaningful change in that educator's teaching practice? How can you help teachers create purposeful goals and choose a way forward that best fits the needs of their students? This session will highlights ways you can implement the first three steps of the Google 5-Step Coaching model, build a sustainable coaching program, and set teachers up for lasting success.

Building Relationships for Sustainable Change

Building relationships is the key to being a successful coach, yet so little training is provided on this soft, but crucial, skill. This interactive session will share trade secrets to building relationships with teachers and administrators, as well as working with reluctant teachers to make your work as a coach more meaningful!

Differentiation for Coaches

Wouldn't it be great if all teachers walked out of PD feeling like they learned something valuable? As a coach, you support so many teachers with different readiness levels, personalities, contents,  and learning styles. This session will help attendees utilize different strategies to diversify and differentiate to make every PD more impactful!

Formal Coaching Cycles 102

Now that your "coaching cycle" teachers have created a goal they'd like to accomplish with you, what's next? Well, the bulk of a formal coaching cycle program revolves around a meeting, observation, meeting cadence where coaches and teachers plan together, teach together, and reflect together. This is when the real "magic" of coaching cycles begins to show itself...so, how can you promote this model with your teachers, and what resources might help you structure this cadence effectively? This session will highlight ways you can implement the final two steps of the Google 5-step coaching model and set up your coaching program for long-term growth.

Marketing Yourself to Fill Your Coaching Calendar

Do you have trouble clarifying your role? What about getting teachers to sign up or coaching cycles? How do you promote PD that you offer? Do you do anything to recognize the "bright spots" in your school? Learn about different materials you can use to help answer all of these questions and more!

Another Flipping PD Day

As coaches, we want to make sure that we model best practices when facilitating professional learning opportunities for the educators that we work with. This means that our instruction should lead to participant mastery of that concept, learning should be relevant to participants, and what we are teaching them should directly translate to application in the classroom. This session will help you think differently about how you develop and structure your PD sessions.
Two-days at Coaches Camp are nearly complete! This panel is an open Q&A  for attendees to ask all the questions that are on their minds. From confessions from the front lines to advice for moving forward, Coaches Camp leaders are prepared to discuss all things coaching.

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