Educational Coaching Network

Educational Coaching Network

The Educational Coaching Network (ECN) connects educators who want to learn, collaborate, and problem solve in  areas related to Instructional Coaching. Northwestern's ECN offers various intensive and one-day training from internationally known experts and local leaders to build skills, extend learning and develop expertise. School coaches and coaching leaders also will have opportunities to learn from one another. The Educational Coaching Network's commitment to Instructional Coaching reflects the knowledge that student achievement can be positively impacted when effective coaching programs and practices are implemented. ECN is privileged to support this success!

2021-22 Network Offerings

Cognitive Coaching Training
8 days: November 1-2, December 13-14, January 31-February 1, and March 7-8

We are excited to bring this face-to-face 8-day training series to you! You may register for just Part One (November 1-2 and December 13-14), or for both Parts One and Two (which adds January 31-February 1 and March 7-8). Please note that these dates have changed since the original listing.


"Cognitive Coaching training is the most transformative learning I have ever been a part of throughout my 13 years as an educator and coach. Six years after my first Cognitive Coaching training experience, I am still applying my learning on a daily basis in my professional and personal interactions."
- Sara Schneeberg, IB K-5 Curriculum Coordinator at The Ogden School of Chicago,

Learn more about Cognitive Coaching Training
Jim Knight

Jim Knight Basic-Intermediate Coaching Institute 2020-21
October 28, 2021 - February 4, 2022

This institute includes six full-day sessions, October through February. Jim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic. His latest is The Impact Cycle. Jim’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Jim also leads the coaching institutes and the Teaching, Learning, Coaching annual conference. Jim has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.

Learn more about Jim Knight Instructional Basic-Intermediate Coaching Institute

Advanced Coaching and Leadership Practices
with Jim Knight
November 18, 2021 - February 24, 2022

This advanced workshop includes four full-day sessions, November through February. It targets those who have already worked with Jim, either through a previous ECN Instructional Coaching Institute at Northwestern or through a five-day training program at the University of Kansas.

Learn more about Advanced Coaching and Leadership Practices with Jim Knight


“Participating in the Coaching Institutes with Jim Knight reshaped our district's approach and beliefs about collaboration, reflection, and continuous learning. Having both instructional coaches and district leaders attend grounded our district in coaching as the model of how we partner in our district."

– Emily McFadden, Instructional Support Coordinator, Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15

“Prior to the training, our network had instructional coaches, but the nature of the role was not yet well-defined. After a year of learning with Jim Knight, we now understand what instructional coaching is, what it is not, and the structures that need to be in place to ensure that coaches and teachers can engage in meaningful partnerships.

The Jim Knight training should be required for any organization! While the primary audience is instructional coaches, this is really about how adults learn, what they need to feel respected and valued, and the foundational role that conversation and communication play in building a relationship. You will end the year with a new perspective and feel inspired to improve not just others, but yourself, as well!"

– Jane Szot, Distinctive Schools Network

"The information and experiences Jim shared during our sessions motivated our district to build a solid foundation for an amazing coaching program.  The knowledge gained has transformed coaching in our district – taking a surface level program and creating a focus for greater impact.   Jim’s highly relational style and in-depth knowledge makes learning a pleasure.   We left every session energized and encouraged!"

– Denise M. Flavin, Curriculum Director, Burbank School District 111

"Instructional coaching can be a lonely job and it is important to know that you are not alone. The Educational Coaching Network allows you to talk with fellow coaches and learn from their experiences and also share your own.  Subsequent to each training I felt more energized and motivated to make adjustments in my coaching practice the very next day. I cherish my time at these meetings and would highly recommend anyone to take the time to attend these sessions. "

– Louis Kotvis, Assistant Principal, Emerson Middle School District 64

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Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

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Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458