Cognitive CoachingCognitive Coaching - Foundations I Training

May 11 & 12 and June 8 & 9, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm 


The Cognitive Coaching - Foundations I Training registration is now FULL.


Location: Eastern Michigan University                                                                                      Porter Building                                                                                                            Room 301                                                                                                                    Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

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Cognitive Coaching is an international training program for educators.

Cognitive Coaching Foundation training offers increased understanding and craftsmanship with interpersonal communications skills so that one can be more effective, efficient, and resourceful with the work of leadership and teaching. Participants will learn ways to apply the skills of pausing, paraphrasing, and inquiry to support ‘thinking’ in themselves and others. They will also learn skills to lead structured professional conversations around reflecting, planning, and problem-resolving. This is valuable learning for one to grow as a self-directed professional.


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Cognitive Coaching is:

a set of strategies, a way of thinking and a way of working that Cognitive Coaching Pictureinvites self and others to shape and reshape their thinking and problem resolving capacities. The metaphor of a stagecoach is one used to understand what a coach does – convey a valued person from where s/he is to where s/he wants to be.

At the heart of Cognitive Coaching is the concept that each of us has resources that enable us to grow and change from within.
There are five States of Mind: consciousness, efficacy, flexibility, craftsmanship and interdependence. It is the States of Mind that the coach mediates, allowing the person to use her inner resources more effectively.

The three maps of Cognitive Coaching are: planning, reflecting and problem-resolving. Each map has identified elements, which are learned in the training. The three maps interact with each other. When a person reflects on something he has done, he often begins thinking about the next activity or event and begins planning, based on what he learned from reflecting on a previous experience. Problem-resolving can come from a person feeling “stuck” or can be part of reflecting or planning.

The main tools of Cognitive Coaching are: rapport building, paraphrasing, meditative questioning, response behaviors, pacing and leading. The training focuses on learning these tools and using them with the maps. A major focus of the training is creating an atmosphere of trust and rapport.

Specifically, a person will do the following in Cognitive Coaching training:

  • build trust by developing physical and verbal rapport
  • facilitate thinking through questioning and developing greater precision in language
  • develop a person’s autonomy and sense of community by increasing their sense of efficacy and self-awareness
  • distinguish between coaching and evaluation
  • rehearse coaching interactions that are congruent with a variety of learning styles
  • apply coaching skills which enhance the intellectual processes of performance

From Cognitive Coaching: A Synthesis of the Research - Jenny Edwards, 2014

Cognitive Coaching:Cognitive Coaching Picture

  • nurtures a collaborative and professional
    educational culture.
  • honors the adult learner.
  • promotes reflection and decision-making.
  • supports risk taking and perseverance
    for new learning.
  • promotes instructor efficacy.
  • enhances the intellectual capacities of
  • supports institutional-wide change.
  • leads to improved student achievement.


Char Firlik

Nelli Koster

Mary Stearns

Click HERE for a list of Foundation I participants.

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