Joellen Killion

Senior Advisor, Learning Forward

Joellen is Learning Forward’s Senior Advisor and served for many years as the association’s deputy executive director. As senior advisor, she leads initiatives related to the link between professional learning and student learning. She has extensive experience in planning, design, implementing, and evaluating of professional learning at the school, system, and state/provincial levels. She works with coaches, principals, district and state leaders to facilitate and support standards-based professional learning that advances educator learning.

Killion is coauthor with Cindy Harrison of Taking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches (NSDC, 2006). She is the author of the first edition of Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff Development (NSDC, 2002) and NSDC’s three-volume results-based What Works staff development series. She was featured in the School Improvement Network/Video Journal programs Instructional Coaching and Designing and Evaluating Professional Development.

My Sessions

The Better Together Panel

Ballroom EF

The theme of our Instructional Coaching Conference this year is The Better Together Tour. As instructional leaders and coaches, we know we can have a greater impact on students by building strong partnerships with each other and working toward common goals. Our panel consists of some of the most respected thought leaders in education. Our […]


Speed Coaching

Ballroom B

Join a new colleague to experience speed coaching – a tightly focused, reciprocated conversation in which you’ll coach each other about taking the next steps with what you’ve learned at ICC.


Building a Coaching Culture from the Inside Out

Ballroom EF

The effectiveness of coaching depends on the culture in which it exists. Coaches, despite strong preparation and their best efforts, may face invisible barriers to success that stem from the culture within their schools and districts. Overcoming these obstacles requires coaches, school administrators, and teacher leaders to work together to cultivate a culture within schools […]