Cognitive Coaching

Course Description:
This course will provide a foundation to the communication skills needed by teachers and those occupying positions of leadership.  It will present the Foundations of Cognitive Coaching, an approach to professional relationships which focuses on supporting the thinking of colleagues in the areas of planning, reflecting and problem resolving. The specific skills and strategies included in this course lend themselves to developing a school culture of collaboration and a professional learning community.

As a result of course activities, learners will:

  • Understand the essence of Cognitive Coaching, how it differs from consulting and evaluation.
  • Increase consciousness and craftsmanship in applying interpersonal communication skills to develop trust and rapport.
  • Understand the power of a structured professional conversation.
  • Learn specific reflective listening strategies.
  • Practice coaching skills in planning, reflecting and problem resolving conversations.
  • Increase awareness of and skills in asking mediational questions.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the use of data in mediating thinking.
  • Understand the three filters of perception and how to adjust one’s style preferences.

The course is highly interactive and will include:

  • Modeling and role play
  • Small group activities
  • Learning partners
  • Readings from text and course guide
  • Numerous opportunities to practice skills

This course is 8 days in length, but can be offered in 2 or 3 day segments over an academic year.

The following segments will run during ASB Un-Plugged:

  • Days 1 and 2 - February 26 and 27
  • Days 5 and 6 - February 22 and 23
  • Days 7 and 8 - February 28 and 29

The registration fees for Days 1 and 2 is part of the ASB Un-Plugged fees.

For Days 5 and 6 or Days 7 and 8 - the fees are INR 22200 (USD 350) for each two day segment.

Course Instructors: Bill and Ochan Powell are Associate Trainers for the Center for Cognitive Coaching, POBox 260860, Highlands Ranch, Co. 80163,

Damian Debell

William Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and from 2000 – 2006 as Headmaster of the International School of Kuala Lumpur.

Ochan Kusuma-Powell received her doctorate from Columbia University and has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the United States, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tanzania. She is an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.

Bill and Ochan are the co-authors of Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2007)  Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010) and How to teach now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2011).

Bill and Ochan are currently working on a project, The Next Frontier: Inclusion to support the inclusion of special needs children in international schools. They are focusing their attention on teacher professional development, school leadership and governance training and serve as consultants for Education Across Frontiers (

When they are not facilitating teacher workshops or speaking at conferences, Bill and Ochan can be found in the French Pyrenees where they fight (together with a handful of sheep) an annual battle with the European bramble.

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