This course is designed for instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school administrators who want to effectively lead teachers through the change process to place conceptual learning and transfer at the heart of curriculum and instruction. All assignments are designed to work seamlessly with your existing commitments as leaders -- because we know time is too precious a gift to waste!

The course will last 8 weeks and will include short videos and short readings you can conduct on your own schedule, a community message board for questions and discussions, as well as two optional live sessions each week to ask questions and receive feedback. Each participant will coach one or two teachers (in-person or in a virtual setting) and design action plans for effectively leading toward conceptual learning that transfers (tools and strategies included for both in-person and virtual settings). 

Space is limited to 50 people for the cohort because we will provide individualized feedback and support.

We hope you'll join us! 

Please reach out with any questions 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Welcome

    • Course Welcome

    • Course Orientation

    • Course Calendar

    • Community Building

  • 2

    Module 1: Change, Education, & Leadership

    • Module 1 Success Criteria (2:49 min)

    • Complex World: Video & Discussion (5:46 min)

    • Intro to Conceptual Understanding and Learning Transfer (5:42 min)

    • Intro to Collective Efficacy (2:15 min)

    • The Change Process (5:28 min)

    • Scarcity vs. Abundance Game

    • Vulnerability and Leadership (2:35 min)

    • Concept Map: Connecting it All Together

    • Application: Leadership Audit (2:11 min)

    • Module 1 Reflection

  • 3

    Module 2: Coaching for Acquiring & Connecting Concepts

    • Module 2 Success Criteria (2:25)

    • Trust and Coaching - Video and Discussion Board (4:35)

    • Paradigm Shifts & Anchoring Concepts (5:06 & 4:27)

    • Acquire - Strategies & Coaching Tips (6:09)

    • Connect - Strategies & Coaching Tips (3:04, 3:39, 5:57)

    • At first I thought...Now I think...

    • Case Study: Support the Teacher

    • Application: Coach a Teacher (1:48)

    • Module 2 Conclusion and Reflection (1:41)

  • 4

    Module 3: Coaching for Learning Transfer

    • Module 3 Success Criteria

    • The Future of Jobs

    • The Learning Transfer Spectrum

    • Crowdsourced Planning Activity

    • The Iterative Nature of Transfer

    • Transfer Strategies

    • Case Studies

    • Application: Coach a Teacher

    • Module 3 Conclusion and Reflection

  • 5

    Module 4: Deeper Exploration of Collective Efficacy

    • Coaching Reflections

    • Module 4 Success Criteria

    • The Pygmalion Effect

    • Sources of Collective Efficacy

    • Ways to Nourish Collective Efficacy

    • Case Study: Learning Community Scenario

    • Application: Nourishing Collective Efficacy

    • Module 4 Reflection

  • 6

    Module 5: Short Cycle Planning

    • Module Introduction

    • Change Analogy

    • Stages of Concern

    • Application: Stages of Concern

    • Change Management

    • Micro-Action Planning

    • Module 5 Reflection

  • 7

    Module 6: Deepening and Refining Understanding

    • Module Introduction

    • The Role of Blame

    • Evaluate Progress

    • Peer Feedback

    • Audit Continuation

    • Module 6 Reflection

  • 8

    Module 7: Deepening and Refining Understanding

    • Module 7 Introduction (2:17)

    • Shared Leadership (1:49) and Distributed Leadership

    • Transformational Leadership (4:04)

    • Instructional Leadership (5:59) & (3:20)

    • Leadership Case Studies (2 cases + 1:47)

    • Module 7 Reflection (3:14)

  • 9

    Module 8: Reflection and Long-Term Action Planning

    • Module 8 Introduction (2:02)

    • Course Recap (3:56)

    • How to Adapt to Changing Times (4:52)

    • Dream Casting - What should we disrupt?

    • Collaborative Agenda Part 1: Root Cause Analysis (4:25)

    • Collaborative Agenda Part 2: Theory of Change and Theory of Action (3:02)

    • Collaborative Agenda Part 3: Stages of Concern Calibrating Protocol (1:43)

    • Collaborative Agenda Part 4: 90-Day Action Plan (5:38)

    • Module 8 Conclusion (3:15)

    • Module 8 Reflection, Feedback Form, Action Plan Submission

    • Course Closing Video

Course Syllabus and Calendar

Click here to view the course syllabus and click here to view the course calendar. Additionally, there will be optional live calls offered each week at different times via a sign up form.

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Participants will effectively lead teachers through the change process to place conceptual learning and transfer at the heart of curriculum and instruction; and nourish the sources of collective efficacy so that change can flourish.

  • Investigate and audit current curricular and leadership practices.

  • Promote organization of learning around transferable concepts that facilitate retention and transfer of knowledge.

  • Coach teachers on planning for conceptual learning that transfers and reflect upon the results.

  • Select and implement one leadership strategy that nourishes collective efficacy and reflect upon the results.

  • Make and implement a short-term action plan to increase conceptual learning and collective efficacy; provide peer feedback

  • Create and implement a long-term action plan to increase conceptual learning and collective efficacy; provide peer feedback on plans.

Course Instructors

Julie Stern

Julie Stern is passionate about synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free of the industrial model of schooling and moving toward teaching and learning that promotes sustainability, equity, and well-being. She is the best-selling author of Learning that Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. She is the thought leader behind the global workshop series Making Sense of Learning Transfer and is a certified trainer in Visible Learning Plus. She is a James Madison Constitutional Fellow and taught social studies for many years in Washington, DC and her native Louisiana. Julie moves internationally every few years with her husband, a US diplomat, and her two young sons.

Kayla Duncan

Kayla is a personalized instruction coach for Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia. Her passion centers around empowering student voice through meaningful, authentic experiences and increased ownership. Kayla currently supports personalized learning cohort schools in creating their new vision for education through the design thinking process. She believes the voices of students and the community should drive what happens in the school building. Before her coaching role, Kayla taught elementary physical education and middle grades mathematics.
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Overview Video

Julie explains the basic structure of the course.