Senior Advisor, Learning Forward

About Joellen

Joellen Killion is a senior advisor to Learning Forward and served for many years as the association’s deputy executive director. As senior advisor, she leads initiatives related to the link between professional development and student learning. She led the most recent revision of the Standards for Professional Learning, and has extensive experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, and state/provincial levels. She works with coaches, principals, district and state leaders to support understanding and embedding standards-based professional learning in a system. The author or co-author of numerous books, her most recent book, published in 2015, is The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning. Her other books include Coaching Matters (with Cindy Harrison, Chris Bryan, and Heather Clifton); Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development; Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches (with Cindy Harrison); Becoming a Learning School (with Patricia Roy), and others.

Breakout Sessions

Feedback for Learning

Coaches engage in feedback as a core part of their work. Yet it is something that makes coaches uneasy. They worry about how to frame their feedback so that it is meaningful and leads to learning. When coaches apply the feedback process, rather than give feedback, their clients learn at deep levels and place greater responsibility in the hands of their clients.

Coaching with Heart, Mind, and Hand

Coaches make many decisions each moment. Yet, how they make those decisions is often unconscious or subconscious. When coaches understand their metacognitive processes and what influences their decisions, they are better able to grow and learn. In this session, coaches will learn how to read their experiences to learn how their heart, mind, and hand influence their work and how to use their understanding to strengthen their coaching practice.

Speed Coaching

Time is always a challenge for coaches—finding time to meet with as many teachers as they want—finding ways to free up teachers to meet with them—finding times for teams to meet to engage in team coaching. Speed coaching may be the answer. In this session, you will learn to implement speed coaching which is applicable in nearly every situation and is quick and easy to use.

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