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Recent seminar participants.

for Leading  Professional Learning Communities

8-day seminar with Jim Roussin: June-Dec. 2013

June 13-14, August 8-9, September 20, October 21, November 18, December 16
8:15 -8:30 a.m., networking and coffee
8:30 - 4:00 p.m. seminar, with break for lunch

Held at the:
TIES Education Center
1667 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Earn 56 CEUs!  Participants will earn 56 CEUs and be certified in the foundation training for Cognitive Coaching. 

“Just as all teachers are expected to facilitate the learning of ALL learners, regardless of their abilities, principals must be able to facilitate the professional development of ALL teachers regardless of their expertise. This coaching has given me tools to help me facilitate that development, even with challenging staff…I love the way the material was presented. Jim walked the walk. Often people who present espouse techniques they don't use. Jim struck a nice balance of presenting new information, practicing the application, addressing different learning styles within the participants, and remediating when participants were unclear on a concept.” Renee Jensen, principal, Capitol Hill Magnet, St. Paul

Why cognitive coaching for prinicpals? "Probably nothing within a school has more impact on children, in terms of skills development, self-confidence, or classroom behavior, than the personal and professional growth of teachers."  When the adults in the school, "individually and collectively examine, question, reflect on their ideals, and develop new practices that lead towards those ideals, the school and its inhabitants are alive. When (the adults in the school) stop growing, so do their students."  -- Roland Barth

While school reform efforts come and go, few ignite lasting impact that fundamentally alter the nature of the learning experience, both for adults and students in our systems.  Across the U.S., district personnel are recognizing that leadership coaching may lead to more successful school reform efforts.

The challenge however is that many educational professionals are finding themselves in important leadership roles with little or no professional learning opportunities to support their success, especially in using coaching skills to mediate others in self directed learning.

An essential feature of Cognitive Coachingsm is that it uses the relationships between principals, teachers and staff to create the conversations that lead to behavioral, pedagogical, and
Jim Roussin, far right, leads an exercise in awareness.
content knowledge change.

The Principals’ Cognitive Coaching for Leading Professional Learning Communities seminar will provide the foundation upon which solid and effective leadership coaching skills can be built.

What will you gain from your time in the seminar?  Using the work of Art Costa, Robert Garmston, Carl Glickman, Tony Wagner, and Robert Kegan -- participants will learn powerful maps and tools that will enable them to mediate five powerful resource states for building capacity in individuals and organizations. This learning experience is highly interactive, with modeling and guided practice opportunities offered throughout. 

Enhance your leadership skills with:

  • Practical understanding of how to support teacher development to better engage students in learning.
  • Deep awareness of four key support functions: Coaching, Collaborating, Consulting, and Evaluating.
  • Expanded personal repertoire for powerful communication and congruent interactions between values, beliefs, and behaviors.
  • Understanding of school improvement efforts that promote continued growth, learning, and changeability.
  • Enhanced leadership coaching skills to lead reform efforts and/or change initiatives in your school or district.
The Mission of Cognitive Coaching℠ is to develop capacities for self-directedness independently and in community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, and the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction.

Kudos for Jim Roussin:
“Jim is a master at facilitating professional learning. He weaves relevant experience, theory, research, and technology together to create a dynamic and engaged learning experience! Participants leave with new ideas, skills, and strategies for implementing and sustaining change efforts.”
Janet Pladson, Director of Teaching & Learning, Eden Prairie

“Cognitive coaching is an excellent process that takes on many faces dependent on the desired outcomes. It has forced me to take the time to reflect and seek the messages behind the messages.”
Jon Stern, principal, Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary

“Jim's knowledge of educational research and best practices, accompanied by his facilitation talent, has allowed us to establish  exciting new strategic directions for improving the learning of every student in our district.”
Kevin Borg, Superintendent, Westonka

Get Acrobat Reader  Principals_Cognitive_Coaching_2013_Registration.pdf  
Get Acrobat Reader  Cognitive_Coaching_for_Teacher_Evaluation.pdf  
Principals, check out this article. If you want to see your evaluation efforts support a growth mind-set for teacher learning, use cognitive coaching.
Results: Why Leaders Need to be Great Coaches! (article Kathleen Stinnett, BS, MS, MCC from "Choice", vol. 8, #4.

The seminar series has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the MESPA office if you have any questions:  651-999-7310.

Cognitive coaching improves teacher evaluation!
Principals, if you want to see your evaluation efforts support a growth mind-set for teacher learning, use cognitive coaching.  To read an in-depth analysis, scroll to the article below.

Results! Why Leaders Need to be Great Coaches
Scroll down to read this powerful article by Kathleen Stinnett, BS, MS, MCC from "Choice" (vol. 8, #4).

All participants will receive the Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar Learning Guide (by Arthur Costa and Robert Garmston). 

Learn now, pay later?
Due to your district's budget cycle, would it work better to pay after July 1, 2013? Just let the MESPA office know. You can register now and we'll plan to receive your payment in July.

Please contact the MESPA office at 651-999-7310;

OR Jim Roussin (seminar facilitator) at 763-439-0835; 

Cognitive Coaching Facilitator
Jim Roussin is a strategic change consultant and a national trainer for the Center for Cognitive CoachingSM. He is also an associate of Human Systems Dynamics, an institute that is using complexity theory to impact organizational development work. Jim has consulted for a variety of organizations across the U.S., such as the Executive Board for the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C., and Educational Testing Service (ETS) in New Jersey to develop a coaching model for Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching. He has conducted numerous trainings in his career for audiences from business to education. In February of 2006, Jim traveled to India with Berkana Learning Exchange to explore new forms of leadership that are emerging in global communities. He was recently elected by educators across the nation to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Staff Development Council.

Jim has spent 26 years in public education, eight of them as the Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and School Improvement in Big Lake Schools. In addition, he has worked as a language arts teacher, gifted coordinator, ESL coordinator, curriculum director, adjunct professor, and educational consultant.

Jim also is the founder and Executive Director of Generative Human Systems. This non-profit organization is a learning practice that is exploring the life maps that unfold our full human potential.