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Learner FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit


September 21-22, 2021

9:00 am - 3:00 pm  Central Time

The Summit Takes Place on Zoom

$300 Per Person 

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Learner FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit 

Featuring Amanda Brueggeman and Jim Knight!

In order to be the best they can be for teachers and students, Instructional Coaches need learning opportunities designed with their unique needs in mind. The Learner FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit has been designed exclusively for those in coaching roles. The Summit is not oriented toward one style of coaching or toward a particular content area or initiative. Rather, The Instructional Coaching Summit will provide opportunities for all coaches to improve their coaching skillset and learn together with other coaches!

Each day of this two-day summit begins with an extended morning workshop focused on increasing the coaching capacity of each participant. These workshops will be highly interactive and will provide strategies, tools, and approaches that are immediately useable.

The afternoons of the summit will focus on collegial connections and collaboration. Participants will select several roundtable discussions in which to participate. These discussions will be lead by your fellow instructional coaches and will provide an opportunity for you to learn about initiatives, programs, strategies, and/or approaches being used by instructional coaches around the country and to have a discussion about the topic. If you are interested in serving as a roundtable facilitator, please contact Danica Lewis at

Please make plans to join us for the 1st Annual Learner FIRST Instructional Coaching Summit! 

Register Now to Join Us!


September 21

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Central

Growing Your Impact on New Teachers Through the Use of Student-Centered Mentoring

With Amanda Brueggeman

Student-Centered Mentoring is a collaborative approach to support mentees that focuses heavily on the impact of students’ learning. In this session, you will learn strategies for blending the student-centered philosophy with your current methods. Guidance in how to best approach conversations and tips for providing feedback will be covered for building supportive partnerships with beginning teachers. We will also explore Mentor Coaching Cycles that can be used to strengthen collective efficacy and broaden the impact on more than just new teachers, while doubling the impact of students.

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the Student-Centered Mentoring approach and how to balance support for mentees and mentors

  • Explore the connection of support and feedback in order to communicate effectively with mentees

  • Develop an understanding of supporting both mentees and mentors through Mentor Coaching Cycles 

September 21

12:45 pm - 3:00 pm Central

Colleague-Led Roundtable Discussions

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Roundtable Topics - TBA

If you are interested in facilitating a roundtable presentation and discussion, please contact Danica Lewis, 

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September 22

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Central

Better Conversations Workshop

With Jim Knight

Effective coaches, leaders, and educators communicate their message clearly, build healthy emotional connections with others, and maneuver through emotionally complex situations in ways that allow them to speak the truth so that will be heard. This interactive workshop introduces the 6 beliefs and 10 habits that promote healthy and productive relationships.

Better Conversations Habits:

  • Demonstrating Empathy

  • Listening with Empathy

  • Fostering Dialogue

  • Asking Better Questions

  • Making Emotional Connections

  • Being a Witness to the Good

  • Finding Common Ground

  • Controlling Toxic Emotions

  • Redirecting Toxic Conversations

  • Building Trust

You will need a copy of "Better Conversations" by Jim Knight for this session. Click here to purchase a copy!

September 22

12:45 pm - 3:00 pm Central

Colleague-Led Roundtable Discussions


Roundtable Topics - TBA

If you are interested in facilitating a roundtable presentation and discussion, please contact Danica Lewis, 

Workshop Presenters

Amanda Brueggeman

Amanda Brueggeman, Ed.D. is a literacy coach and consultant with over 17 years in education. She grew up on a farm in Southeast Missouri, working her way to the suburbs of St. Louis, MO, where she taught at Valley Park and Wentzville for ten years prior to being a coach. Her passions include literacy and collective efficacy in relation to working with new teachers and mentors. Amanda is the author of the upcoming book, Student-Centered Mentoring (forthcoming 2022).


Amanda obtained her teaching degree in Elementary Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She earned her MA in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri and is certified as a Student-Centered Coaching Consultant. Amanda holds her Doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Maryville University, where she is also an adjunct professor for the Education Department.

Jim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic.  Jim’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Jim also leads the Intensive Instructional Coaching Institutes and the Teaching Learning Coaching annual conference. Jim has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.

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