Coaching Institute

We empower teachers to bring the District C experience back to their school.

 

The Coaching Institute Is For You, If...

You are an educator. Your job is to prepare the next generation of thinkers, doers, and collaborators.

You are a progressive thinker. You are open to new ideas and approaches, especially ones that will push your thinking.

You are a self-improver. You are always looking for ways to get better at your craft.

Most important, you are committed to your students. You understand the urgency of preparing them with the flexible mindsets needed to succeed in the future of work.

"This was the most meaningful professional development experience I’ve had in twenty years of teaching."

-- District C Coaching Fellow

How It Works

Attend a 5-day intensive summer workshop and  do  the District C model as a learner. Come together in a C Squad of four Coaching Fellows from four different schools and solve a real business problem for a real business with support from District C's experienced team.       WHY?   This is an entirely different kind of learning experience. To coach students effectively, you first need to understand what their learning experience looks and feels like.

Attend a 5-day intensive summer workshop and do the District C model as a learner. Come together in a C Squad of four Coaching Fellows from four different schools and solve a real business problem for a real business with support from District C's experienced team.

WHY?

This is an entirely different kind of learning experience. To coach students effectively, you first need to understand what their learning experience looks and feels like.

Develop your coaching by observing real students and coaches in District C’s live online “stadium.” You and other Coaching Fellows will have a front-row seat for every coaching move and student interaction, and you will participate in color commentary-style discussion moderated by a District C lead coach.       WHY?   Coaching is about reading the students and the group, balancing support and challenge, and teaching students to fish versus giving a fish. The best way to get better at this is to see it in action.

Develop your coaching by observing real students and coaches in District C’s live online “stadium.” You and other Coaching Fellows will have a front-row seat for every coaching move and student interaction, and you will participate in color commentary-style discussion moderated by a District C lead coach.

WHY?

Coaching is about reading the students and the group, balancing support and challenge, and teaching students to fish versus giving a fish. The best way to get better at this is to see it in action.

Complete your certification by implementing a short-form (1-week or 1-month) or semester-course version of the District C program for a group of your students in partnership with Coaching Fellows from other schools. You coach. We provide the resources, coaching support, and access to our ecosystem of partners to help you bring the experience to life.       WHY?   Getting the work started means you will begin learning and iterating sooner rather than later. Planning is good, but doing is better.

Complete your certification by implementing a short-form (1-week or 1-month) or semester-course version of the District C program for a group of your students in partnership with Coaching Fellows from other schools. You coach. We provide the resources, coaching support, and access to our ecosystem of partners to help you bring the experience to life.

WHY?

Getting the work started means you will begin learning and iterating sooner rather than later. Planning is good, but doing is better.

Recruit the next wave of mission-aligned teachers to get trained up so that you can expand access to more students. Deepen the learning experience by implementing longer-form (semester- and year-long) versions of the District C program with District C's resources and support.       WHY?   Engaging more teachers and students is the key to building a sustainable culture around this work. Longer-form implementations include multiple problem cycles per period, which means students have the chance to start fresh and build on their learning from the previous cycle.

Recruit the next wave of mission-aligned teachers to get trained up so that you can expand access to more students. Deepen the learning experience by implementing longer-form (semester- and year-long) versions of the District C program with District C's resources and support.

WHY?

Engaging more teachers and students is the key to building a sustainable culture around this work. Longer-form implementations include multiple problem cycles per period, which means students have the chance to start fresh and build on their learning from the previous cycle.

What You Will Learn

The "DO it" and "SEE it" phases will focus on:

1. How to work in diverse teams to solve complex problems. Building on your professional experience, you will further develop the mindsets and tools needed to do the work of collective problem solving. Including:

  • Design Thinking principles to develop creative and user-centered solutions to complex problems

  • Intentional questioning to leverage the strengths and unique perspectives of each team member

  • The Ladder of Inference to keep the team's conclusions and inferences grounded in observable data

  • Modeling techniques to break down complex systems and processes into their simpler, component parts

  • Meeting planning and facilitation protocols to optimize the productivity of your collective work

  • Tools and protocols to support self-reflection, self-direction, and self-management

2. How to coach students to work in diverse teams to solve complex problems. Building on your teaching experience, you will further develop the mindsets and tools needed to coach teams of beginner students through the work of collective problem solving. Including:

  • District C's coaching approach which aims to provide a productive balance of support, challenge, and autonomy

  • Coaching students to fish (versus giving fish), where "fishing" is the work of solving complex problems in diverse teams

  • Giving productive feedback -- when, where (through which mode), and how

  • Effective practices for tracking student work and coaching online student meetings using Google's suite of collaboration tools

How We Support Your Implementation

During the "COACH it" phase, District C supports your initial implementation of the program through:

  • Resources: Providing you access to all of our program resources (slides, templates, processes, and documentation)

  • Logistical Support

    • Problem sourcing: Sourcing and defining real-world business problems that provide the right level of challenge for teams of students

    • Business partnerships: Establishing partnership agreements with business partners so they know exactly what is required of them, when, and for how long (this is the key to enlisting committed business partners)

    • School partnerships: Facilitating cross-registration for your District C implementation in partnership with other schools and coaches (this is the key to forming diverse Squads of students)

    • Technology: Helping you set up the technology tools needed -- Google collaboration suite and Slack messaging -- to support online collaboration across students from different schools

  • Coaching support: Conducting observations, debriefs, and office hours with coaches to continue refining coaching practices

  • Event space: When and where possible, booking space for your Launch Day and Pitch Night events through our innovation hub partners (this is the key to connecting this work to the local innovation community, and exposing your students to the places where innovation happens)

How We Support Your Long-Term Growth

During the "GROW it" phase, District C provides:

  • Continued access to Resources and Logistical Support (see above for definitions) so that you can focus on coaching your students.

  • An invitation for your next wave of teachers to enroll in our annual Coaching Institute so that you can build school capacity to provide access to more students.

2019-2020 Coaching Institute Schedule

The DO it phase is a 5-day intensive summer workshop hosted at an innovation hub in Raleigh. Choose one of the following summer weeks: July 22-July 26, or July 29-August 2. The SEE it phase is an opportunity to observe two problem cycles in the fall. Problem cycle #1: Online Launch Day observation, Saturday September 14 from 9 am - 5 pm with breaks. Online squad meeting observations, September 15 - October 6, flexible evenings and weekends (10 hours total). Pitch Night observation, Monday October 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at an innovation hub in Raleigh. Problem cycle #2: Online Launch Day observation, Saturday October 19 from 9 am - 5 pm with breaks. Online squad meeting observations, October 20 - November 10, flexible evenings and weekends (10 hours total). Pitch Night observation, Monday November 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at an innovation hub in Raleigh. The COACH it phase is an opportunity to implement a version of the District C program with partner schools during the spring of 2020.