Learner FIRST Literacy and Coaching Center


The Instructional Coaching Toolkit Series - Strategies for Successful Coaching

6-Part Training Series

College Classroom

September 16

October 21

November 18

January 20

February 17

April 28

9:00 - 12:00  CST

All Sessions Take Place on Zoom

$499 per person

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Making the decision to leave the classroom to become an Instructional Coach is exciting and terrifying all at the same time! In your classroom, you know the moves to make to lead to improved student learning. You know how to build relationships and create a nurturing environment. Stepping outside of that comfort zone to share your love of teaching can bring a great deal of uncertainty. This series is designed to help!

Whether you are a brand new coach, or a coach looking to expand your skillset, the Instructional Coaching Toolkit Series is for you! Drawing upon the work of Diane Sweeney, Elena Aguilar, Jim Knight, and others, this series will support coaches in learning entry points for coaching relationships. Coaches will learn how to determine the best approach for any situation they might face. 

During these sessions, coaches will learn strategies and have the opportunity to practice these strategies within the safe environment of the group. Functioning as a professional learning community, the facilitators and fellow participants will support coaches as they try out their new learning between sessions and as they seek out the tools they need to be successful in their coaching role.

As a result of participating in this series, Instructional Coaches will develop the confidence and the strategies they need to be the very best in their role!


Danica Lewis has over 20 years of experience in schools, serving as an elementary teacher, an instructional coach, and later as a school and district administrator, including school building leadership, early childhood leadership, special education leadership, and curriculum & assessment leadership in urban and suburban schools. Danica led the implementation of standards-aligned instruction, assessment, and grading as both a district-level and building-level administrator. Danica facilitates powerful professional learning around literacy, standards-aligned instruction and assessment, rigorous teaching, data analysis, and professional learning community leadership. In 2017, the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development recognized Danica as the “Instructional Leader of the Year” for the State of Wisconsin


Danica Lewis


Amy Lubben

Amy Lubben has worked in education for 20 years.  She taught Special Education (K-5), was a 5th grade classroom teacher, and a 4th/5th grade multi-age classroom.  Amy is a Math Recovery Specialist.  Amy has instructional coaching experience supporting teachers K-12 to implement best practices in literacy education and disciplinary literacy, along with analyzing data for student growth and success.  Amy enjoys collaborating with teachers to cultivate teacher leadership and create positive learning experiences for all students.