Coaches Academy


Empower your coaches and the leaders who support them

Now offered virtually!

Instructional coaches are an invaluable resource in any learning system. Coaches have the power to influence teaching, student learning, and school culture. Effective coaches can ensure that 90% of staff learning transfers to the classroom.

As we prepare for an uncertain new school year, teachers more than ever need the support of a highly effective coach to ensure their instruction meets the needs of all students. And coaches need to understand their roles as leaders and facilitators of virtual learning, and develop the knowledge and skills to provide support in a virtual context.

Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy focuses on developing coaches’ skills in building relationships, leading professional learning, and individual and team coaching.

Using strategies from Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches and Coaching Matters, Learning Forward’s Coaches Academy provides comprehensive learning and ongoing support for your system’s coaches and the leaders who support them.

We are now hosting virtual Coaches Academies for districts to help their coaches support teachers in ways that reflect best practices in adult learning as well as best practices in virtual learning. Our Virtual Coaches Academy includes:

  • Live, facilitated sessions with an expert coach;
  • Asynchronous, collaborative learning communities to reflect on learning, reinforce strategies, and share progress;
  • Tools and strategies specific to coaching in a virtual context;
  • Individual support for coaches as they work virtually with teachers in their systems.

Empower your coaches to provide teachers the support they need in a time when they need it most. Learn more about our Coaches Academy at the link below.


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What We Do

Coaches Academy helps coaches embrace their roles as learning leaders and better understand their relationships with teachers and principals. The academy also helps teachers develop skills in:

Building relationships

Presentation and facilitation

Leading professional learning

Providing effective feedback

Coaching individuals and teams

Selecting learning designs

Our Work

Coaching for Impact: Six Pillars to Create Coaching Roles That Achieve Their Potential to Improve Teaching and Learning

Despite decades of efforts to support teachers with coaching, most teachers still do not get the support they need in…

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Coaching Matters

Each chapter in this book describes an element of what research and the authors’ firsthand experiences know it takes to make coaching effective.

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Fill out our web form and let us know about your system and how you’d like to support your coaches.


We’ll connect you with one of our coaching consultants to talk about our coaching work and how we can support you.


We’ll work with your coaches on site and virtually to ensure they’re work gets results for teacher and students.

Coaches Academy Team

Cindy Harrison

Morrison, Colorado

Cindy Harrison is an international education consultant in instructional coaching, leadership, organizational change, and professional learning. She consults with school…

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Heather Clifton

Denver, Colorado

Heather Clifton is a senior consultant for Learning Forward. As a professional learning consultant, she offers services to schools, districts,…

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Andy Mendelsberg

Denver, Colorado

Andy Mendelsberg served Denver Public Schools as a principal, assistant principal, and curriculum director for 25 years, spending his final…

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Julie Lambert

Miami, Florida

Julie Lambert is a Learning Forward senior consultant with expertise in planning, designing and implementing professional learning initiatives in a…

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