NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Coaching: What Every Educator Needs to Know

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

How can changing thoughts and beliefs influence future success? This course provides a dynamic series of sessions that consider coaching in classrooms and schools as a process, a relationship, a specific set of skills, and a powerful strategy for creating change in people and organizations. Educators will learn specific skills that coaches need to successfully meet the challenges of educator-as-coach, a role essential to promoting positive personal and organizational change. Teachers, superintendents, and other educators role-play to model effective and appropriate coaching that will help participants improve their students’ academic achievement and their own and their peers’ professional development.  Presented by a leader in the field, this course may be taken alone or with its companion course, Mentoring to Improve Student Learning, which provides strategies to implement an effective mentor/protégé program within schools. 


1. Knowledge –at the end of this course, participants will be able to understand:
a. Differences between coaching and mentoring,
b. Research and growth of coaching in education, and
c. How individuals’ thoughts and beliefs influence them to change.

2. Skills –after this course, participants will be able to: 
a. Identify strategies and skills coaches use to confront resistance,
b. Continue to learn and practice Essential Coaching Skills,
c. Implement the 5-step model for conducting a coaching session, and
d. Learn to use the POWERful Coaching Framework.

3. Dispositions – after this course, participants will be able to appreciate:
a. That accountability and action are central to achieving results,
b. Words reflect one’s thoughts and actions,
c. Strategies for action planning, and
d. The concept of letting go to open space for change.


• Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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