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Cognitive Coaching (SM)

Make decisions that drive great instruction!

In an atmosphere of high stakes accountability, decisions made by educators are the game changers for students and achievement. Optimal decisions are made from an elevated awareness of self and others. Cognitive Coaching (SM) empowers educators with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to reach an optimal level of awareness for decision making.

In this institute educators will learn a shared approach to professional communications which focuses on supporting colleagues’ thinking around planning, reflecting and problem-solving. Research has linked implementation of this approach to increased student independence, meta-cognition, and engagement, generating more confident and successful students.

Participants will explore ways to promote educators (and students) consciousness, reflection and awareness of their own perceptions in order to apply critical thinking strategies, skills essential for passing new standardized tests. The facilitator will model how to leverage an educators’ own expertise and control to facilitate student learning.

Days 1 + 2: October 4-5, 2017

Days 3 + 4: November 28-29, 2017

Days 5 + 6: March 13-14, 2018

Days 7 + 8: May 8-9, 2018

PEBC Office
600 Grant St. Ste 525,
Denver, CO 80203

Perfect for

Assistant Principals
Teacher Leaders
District Leaders

$930 for full series

Includes Breakfast and
Lunch each day

Colorado Department of Education
(CDE) Credit

Certificate of completion

Cognitive Coaching(SM)

Cognitive Coaching(SM) is a form of mediation that may be applied to professional interactions in a variety of settings and situations with the intention of enhancing self-directed learning. It is a composite of skills and strategies, maps and tools and mental models and beliefs. In addition it is a model for classroom mediation to enhance students’ self-directed learning. Unique to this coaching model are Five States of Mind:  efficacy, flexibility, consciousness, craftsmanship and interdependence.

In the eight-day Cognitive Coaching(SM) Institute, participants learn how to:

• develop trust and rapport
• develop an identity as a mediator of thinking
• develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community
• develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence

• apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating
• utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions
• distinguish among the five forms of feedback
• use data to mediate thinking

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Learning Objectives


Utilize conversation maps aimed at helping teachers draw out the thinking behind their instructional practices


Utilize inquiry and greater precision in language to facilitate conversations around planning, reflecting and problem resolving


Learn skills of pausing, paraphrasing, giving feedback, asking questions, body language, and using data as part of reflection


Focus on strategies to enhance teachers’ intellectual growth, efficacy and self-awareness


Distinguish between coaching, evaluating, consulting, and collaborating


Learn how to gradually release responsibility of learning to students, and support them as independent thinkers and learners

Event facilitator

Dana Sorensen, MA

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Sorensen joined PEBC in 2010 and consults both locally and nationally, co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute and oversees the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute.

Sorensen has served in many roles during her 26 years in education resulting in her steadfast belief in students, teachers, and administrators. She spent fifteen years in Houston Texas teaching third grade, Reading Recovery, and coaching teachers in literacy. Since 2004, she coached teachers and most recently served as Director of Professional Development in a Denver area district.

Along with her educational experience, she is a Cognitive Coaching Training Associate and works with systems thinking through the Water’s Foundation. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with the Type D Administration certification from Regis University.

More Information

For more information contact Hannah Popkin

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Nearby Lodging

TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown
685 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 722-2322

Cancellations & refunds

Registration fees for professional development events cancelled or rescheduled by PEBC, for reasons other than weather or acts of God, are fully refundable. Seat(s) cancelled by registrant with less than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event are not refundable. Registrant is responsible for 50% of the registration fee for any seat(s) cancelled with more than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event. Unused seat(s) (no-shows) will be considered a cancellation by the registrant and are non-refundable. Registrant is responsible for all costs incurred due to cancellation, regardless of cancellation reason.

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