NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Improving Instruction through Strategic Conversations with Teachers

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $295

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

In this course instructional leaders, team leaders, teacher mentors, educational coaches, and administrators  will learn a new model of strategic conversations  designed to help quickly understand and assess the primary needs of the teaching staff, strategically apply their leadership skills to motivate and support teachers, and help teachers make connections between their instructional techniques and student performance. Four conversational types are modeled by the presenter: reflective, facilitative, coaching, and directive. Modeling shows how to have conversations with teachers about recognizing the impact of their behavior on students and assisting them in making the necessary connections, commitments, corrections, or changes to their teaching practices to keep students motivated, engaged and focused on learning.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Four strategic conversational types.
  • How to prepare for and conduct strategic conversations.
  • The role of data in strategic conversations.
  • The potential impact of strategic conversations.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Impact student achievement by helping teachers improve their classroom instruction.
  • Provide teachers with motivating feedback and support.
  • Help teachers recognize their impact on student achievement.
  • Help teachers make necessary connections, commitment, corrections, and changes to their practice.
  • Collect data to determine teachers’ primary needs.
  • Use data to develop conversational pathways with teachers.
  • Conduct the four types of strategic conversations.

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 $499.00.

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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