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Coaching & Coachability

Earn a NESA Certificate in Coachability with this 6‑week Inquiry Cycle, anchored by a 3‑day experience at NESA's Spring Educators Conference, with pre- and post-conference online collaborative learning.

Steve Barkley
NESA's Coaches Collaborative


Online Coaching &

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Join a dynamic group of teachers, coaches and leaders to grow your ability to coach and be coached. Assess how coachable you are and examine the coaching culture within your school. Leave with a plan to advance student success in a culture of coaching.



March 13-28

Online introductions
and orientation


March 29-31

3-day workshop at the NESA Spring Educators Conference


April 1-30

In-school application
Online coaching and feedback


This 6-week inquiry cycle involving online and in-person professional learning begins on March 13 in an online space, followed by a three-day in-person learning experience at NESA's Spring Educators Conference. The cycle concludes with practice and feedback.

NESA's first networked community of practice will redesign professional learning to:

      • Move from events to programs
      • Move from learning in isolation to learning in networked communities
      • Move from focus on adult learning to adult learning that impacts student learning
      • Move from learning prescribed content to co-creation and inquiry cycles


Whether you are a teacher, coach, or leader, working in a school usually means juggling multiple priorities and tasks. In this hectic context, we often create work that is less deliberate, collaborative, or fully realized than we would like. In his work on project based learning, Ron Berger reminds us that to produce beautiful, authentic, and fully realized work students need:

      • work that matters
      • opportunities to study excellence
      • to engage in a culture of critique
      • multiple revisions
      • public presentations

The importance of these elements are not restricted to students, however. Our ability to coach and be coached in a collaborative culture of learning and inquiry provides these elements for teachers, coaches and leaders.


Explore Beliefs and Values

Identify and Practice Skills

Develop a Plan of Impact


  • Join a process to seek ongoing coaching input on an upcoming student learning outcome or a more extended student development focus.
  • Engage with peers in PLCs or collegial teams or departments in a focus on teaching critique, revision, and excellence.
  • Invite like-minded colleagues to join peer coaching exchanges.


  • Engage in a process to increase teacher to teacher peer coaching within the school.
  • Develop questions and ideas to facilitate a leadership exploration of the current culture and support for coaching.


  • Lead by making a personal and public commitment to be coached.
  • Model the rewards of being coachable.
  • Extend practice & coaching feedback on use of identified coaching / conferencing / facilitating skills.
  • Survey staff to identify current beliefs and practices regarding coaching for teaching excellence - beautiful teaching.


Networked Communities of Practice
Inquiry Cycle

March 13-28

Participants invited to log in to the platform. NESA Coaches Collaborative Core members facilitate.

  • Introduce and begin to engage with one another.
  • Introductory webinar or podcast with Steve Barkley.
  • Explore resources.
  • Follow-up questions, comments, concerns with Steve Barkley and the Coaches Core facilitators.

  • Explore data on which to build the inquiry
  • Articulate and define the challenge or opportunity
  • Set goals for learning (educator and student)

March 29-31

3-Day Workshop at SEC-Bangkok (see below)


April 1-24

In schools

  • Pilot/apply according to their own context


  • Share questions and responses to one another’s journeys/challenges
  • Share resources

April 25

Submission: KASAB reflection on the process.

  • Assessment/evaluation/reflection of impact using evidence
  • Decision regarding next-steps or long‑term implementation

April 30

NESA Certificate in Coachability issued.

At SEC-Bangkok

Day 1, March 29

4-hour Workshop with Steve Barkley — "Coaching with peers, mentors, and instructional coaches"
Coaching with peers, mentors, and instructional coaches is guided by conferencing skills of questioning, paraphrasing, and feedback. This session will provide identification, modelling, and practice with these critical coaching skills.

Day 2, March 30

4-hour Workshop with Steve Barkley — "Teachers’ collaboration can be extended with skillful facilitation"
These sessions will provide a questioning process that can guide teachers in PLCs, grade level and department collaborations to generate reflection and innovation focused on increased student success. Examine the difference between professional working communities and professional learning communities.

Day 3, March 31

2-hour Designing and Planning with Feedback (with Steve Barkley and the Coaches Collaborative Core members) — Taking it home … Next steps (for me)
This session will begin with Steve Barkley responding to implementation questions that were collected during the two previous workshop days. Then, open space technology process will be used for participants to form common interest groups for planning implementation strategies. Mr Barkley and Coaching Collaborative core members provide input and facilitation.


For the past 35 years, Steve has served as an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author, his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world.