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Cognitive Coaching Foundation Training

June 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am - June 22, 2023 @ 3:30 pm


June 19 - 22, 2023
9am - 3:30pm

We know that implementing the changes necessary to reach your school improvement goals is not easy. Excellence cannot be mandated and behavior changes cannot be demanded.

At IEE, we rely on the Cognitive Coaching™ method to facilitate change in schools by mediating adult thinking and learning. While coaching provides teachers and school leaders with a “thought partner” as they apply new learning and changes to their practice, it is Cognitive Coaching™ that systematically changes educator practice and ultimately improves educator effectiveness.

The mission of Cognitive Coaching™ is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching – the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions – which produce superior instruction. Cognitive Coaching™ is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes.

At our four-day workshop you’ll learn how to use Cognitive Coaching™ as a model for working with your teachers and school leaders to establish a culture of high expectations, where trust and respect serve as the foundation for your school’s long-term success.


Participants will develop:

  • An increased consciousness and craftsmanship in applying interpersonal communication skills to develop trust and rapport
  • An understanding of the power of a structured professional conversation
  • An understanding of the four support functions of Cognitive Coaching℠
  • Expanded and refined skills and repertoire of coaching behaviors
  • An increased consciousness and skills in asking mediative questions
  • An understanding of the role that data plays in mediating thinking

Lunch & Cognitive Coaching Learning Guides Provided

*SCECHs and CEU's offered at an additional cost.


Benson2014Patricia Benson is the founder and former director of the Center for Excellence in Education, a K-12 professional development organization now known as the Institute for Excellence in Education. Under her direction, the Center received national recognition and awards for marked increases in student achievement at schools they serviced. Patricia served on the Board of Directors for Michigan ASCD, is a member of Learning Forward and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and is a certified Cognitive Coaching℠ Agency Trainer. A frequent presenter at state and national conferences, Patricia is the author of High Performing Teams and several professional publications.

Nizinski2014Dave Nizinski brings over 30 years of experience as a principal and teacher to his role as a leadership coach at the Institute for Excellence in Education. For the past 11 years, Dave has guided improvement efforts in schools throughout Michigan by providing ongoing leadership coaching and facilitating professional development workshops for educators. He is a member of The William Glasser Institute, the National Middle School Association, the National and Michigan Associations of Elementary and Middle School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and is a certified Cognitive Coaching℠ Agency Trainer. Dave holds multiple educational certifications and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

Event Registration Cancellation Policy

Transfer: Registrations are transferrable, but not refundable. Substitutions for persons attending can be made up to one day in advance of the event without charge.

Cancellation by Participant: No refunds will be given, but a voucher for attendance at another Institute for Excellence in Education event will be offered, and will be valid for one full year.

Cancellation by IEE: In the event of circumstances beyond its control, the Institute for Excellence in Education reserves the right to amend or cancel any event. If the Institute for Excellence in Education cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.


June 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am
June 22, 2023 @ 3:30 pm


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The Institute For Excellence In Education
711 W. Pickard St.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 United States
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