Justin Baeder: Organizational learning and instructional leadership

While strategic plans often cover many compliance issues, Justin believes it’s critical for leaders to stay focused on the core elements of theiir learning improvement strategy. Justin helps schools develop improvement maps and conduct inquiry cycles to validate, refine, and execute their improvement strategies.

Justin works with schools and districts both as an in-person speaker/coach and as a virtual coach. (see more details on our virtual-coaching program below).  Here are some of the professional-learning topics Justin has addressed as a webinar speaker for ERN.

How Group Coaching Works

Justin works with groups of school and district educators as a virtual coach in 8-week sessions.  Here are some details about how this exciting model works!

  • Educators in the group can be teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals or a mix of all.
  • Your team’s leader has an introductory 30-minute phone call with Justin to discuss group’s priorities and goals. We also will survey each participant before the coaching program to explore specific needs.
  • The 8-week program features 90-minute live coaching sessions every two weeks. Each session includes a 30-minute presentation by Justin based on the specific needs of your group followed by 60 minutes of group and coach interactions.  (Structure can be changed to suit your needs)
  • During 60 minutes of interaction, participants will be able to share experiences, ask questions and get feedback from Justin and other group members.
  • A private online forum will be set up and facilitated by Justin. Participants will be able to connect, share and solve problems together in an organic and ongoing way over the duration of the program. Everyone will automatically receive email notifications of new posts.
  • Each group session will be recorded so that if anyone is unable to attend live they can participate later at a time more convenient for them.
  • Justin will provide the group with resources based on the specific needs and goals. Relevant articles, planning guides and handouts will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to share other resources with the group.
  • Ongoing support from Justin. Participants can email or post questions or comments in the private forum at any time during the session, and he will respond as soon as possible.

About the speaker/coach

Justin Baeder is Director of The Principal Center, which helps school leaders build capacity for instructional leadership in their organizations. His professional development programs have helped more than 15,000 school leaders in 50 countries increase their productivity and significantly impact student learning. Justin speaks regularly at state and national conferences, and his articles have appeared in Principal Magazine, Education Week, and The School Administrator.

Kathleen Kryza: Mindset, executive function and differentiation

How It Works

  • Educators in the group can be teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals or a mix of all.  They can all be in your school or district or you can choose to team up with another school or district–your choice!
  • Your team’s leader will have an introductory 30-minute phone call with Kathleen to discuss group’s priorities and goals. We also will survey each participant before the coaching program to explore specific needs.
  • The 8-week program features 90-minute live coaching sessions every two weeks. Each session includes a 30-minute presentation by Kathleen based on the specific needs of your group followed by 60 minutes of group and coach interactions.  (Structure can be changed to suit your needs)
  • During 60 minutes of interaction, participants will be able to share experiences, ask questions and get feedback from Kathleen and other group members.
  • A private Facebook group will be set up and facilitated by Kathleen. Participants will be able to connect, share and solve problems together in an organic and ongoing way over the duration of the program. Everyone will automatically receive email notifications of new posts.
  • Each group session will be recorded so that if anyone is unable to attend live they can participate later at a time more convenient for them.
  • Kathleen will provide the group with resources based on the specific needs and goals. Relevant articles, planning guides and handouts will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to share other resources with the group.
  • Ongoing support from Kathleen. Participants can email or post questions or comments in the private Facebook group at any time during the session, and he will respond as soon as possible.

Possible topics to be covered

Coaching will cover these or other topics, depending on the specific goals and needs of your group:

  • The connection between the brain and executive function
  • Strategies to help students develop growth-mindset thinking and get away from fixed-mindset thinking
  • How metacognition is key to building executive function skills
  • Techniques for teaching students of all ages to be metacognitive
  • How to teach strategies about mindsets and self-regulation so that students are empowered to take charge of their own learning lives
  • Self-assessments that help students become more aware of mindsets and skill sets
  • Experiences of teachers and students in real schools and classrooms that have focused on changing mindsets

About the speaker/coach

Kathleen Kryza is a master teacher and an outstanding international presenter/coach/consultant. Over the past 30 years, Kathleen has worked with thousands of teachers on a wide range of topics, including differentiated instruction, mindsets and metacognition, co-teaching and brain-based teaching. She is passionate, informed and committed to providing transformative professional development for schools and districts around the world.

Kathleen’s extensive  K-12 teaching experience includes special education students, gifted and talented students and general education students. She has worked closely with students of varying socio-economic and multi-cultural backgrounds at both the secondary and elementary levels.

Kathleen is the co-author of Developing Growth Mindsets in the Inspiring Classroom (Inspiring Learners Press, 2011) and the following books published by Corwin Press: Inspiring Secondary Learners (2007); Inspiring Elementary Learners (2008); Differentiating in the Real Classroom (2009); and Winning Strategies for Test Taking. Kathleen is featured in the video, Differentiating Instruction in the Intermediate Grades, Bureau of Education and Research (2008).