Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar

WHAT:   It is not enough to change an isolated behavior.  What is important is the thinking that caused the behavior. Cognitive CoachingSM gets to the core of what actually impacts teacher learning and growth:  teacher cognition.  Rather than attempting to “fix” isolated behaviors, this approach enhances the cognitive processes that produce these behaviors.  Coaches support and enhance long-term sustainable growth for teachers and success for their students.  At the heart of this training is the concept that we all have resources that enable us to grow and change from within.  Cognitive CoachingSM is a powerful approach to enhancing performance of all school staff members.


  • develop trust and rapport
  • develop an identity as a mediator of thinking
  • utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting and problem resolving
  • develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community
  • develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence
  • apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating
  • utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions
  • distinguish among the five forms of feedback
  • use data to mediate thinking

Cognitive Coaching Foundations Seminar



  • Days 1-2 - June 20 & 21, 2023
  • Days 3-4 - July 18 & 19, 2023
  • Days 5-6 - August 1 & 2, 2023
  • Days 7-8 - September 19 & 20, 2023

TIME:  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Minnesota State University, Mankato in Edina - 7700 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435


  • $1,400 per person OR
  • $1,365 per person if 2 or more participants attend from one organization (Contact for multiple registrations.)

Included:  Cognitive Coaching Foundations Seminar Learning Guide, breakfast snacks, beverages, and a boxed lunch each day.

Graduate Credit available (tuition applies)

Advanced Cognitive Coaching



  • Days 1-3 - May 2-4, 2023
  • Days 4-6 - July 11-13, 2023

TIME:  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Minnesota State University, Mankato in Edina - 7700 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435

REGISTRATION FEE:  $1,500 per person

Included:  Learning Guide and printed materials, morning refreshments, and lunch.

A Leadership Institute for Deepening and Extending Your Identity as a Mediator

This seminar will immerse you in deeper learning about the principles and practices of Cognitive CoachingSM and prepare those wishing to become trainers for the next steps of their development.


You will master concepts and skills from the Foundation Seminar® at a higher level of understanding and skill through rich practice and feedback experiences. 


You will learn a new map, the Calibrating Conversation for use with a set of standards for performance. 

Knowledge of the States of Mind and how to mediate for them will be emphasized. Your capacity to coach for cognitive shift will be enhanced.


The experiences of this week will support any school leader in the coaching and supervision of teachers as well as developing skills which are applicable in the classroom and in one’s personal life.

Prerequisite: Completion of Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar®

In this six day seminar participants will develop: 
• Deeper understanding of the missions of Cognitive CoachingSM and the goal of the Foundation Seminar®
• Efficacy and Craftsmanship with the maps and tools of Cognitive CoachingSM
• Understanding of coaching for deep structure
• Understanding of how Cognitive CoachingSM aligns with brain research
• Deeper understanding of Support Functions and States of Mind
• Expanded possibilities of and applications for our identities as mediators
• Personal coaching mastery framed as a journey, not a destination


For registration questions, or to receive an invoice for payment, please contact us at or 507-389-1094.


"Cognitive coaching has made me a better leader as I am more keenly aware of each adult's state of mind.  These supportive conversations enhance the professional development of our teachers.  Engaging in Cognitive Coaching conversations has been liberating to me, as I know the answers are within the professional - the answer doesn't need to come from me.  The conversations have been empowering to our staff, as they leave the conversation more committed to their goal."  -- Dave Kreft, PrincipalBecker High School

“The Cognitive Coaching course has been essential in my work with pre-service and new teachers.  This course has provided me with the language, maps and deep understanding of how I can support others in their journey as educators.  It has positively impacted my work by giving me the tools to be an effective listener and coach.  Cognitive Coaching is an investment for yourself and the people you serve.”   -- Jane Sorensen, Teacher on Special Assignment, Owatonna Public Schools

"The training I received in Cognitive Coaching has given me the skills to have meaningful conversations with my AVID students in helping them determine small issues such as what is really keeping them from meeting deadlines, to larger issues about their college and career choices.  The coaching conversations allow students to discover for themselves what is really important to them."      -- Kim Hermer, AVID Teacher, Mankato West High School 

“I have been a peer coach for many years and now as the Q Comp coordinator, I coach and observe the peer coaches in our school district.  Cognitive Coaching has taken our peer coaching sessions from vague, meaningless conversations about the ‘good’ things I saw in the classroom to genuine reflection on the teaching and learning occurring in the classroom.  More importantly Cognitive Coaching has helped relieve me of the pressure to be the sage on the stage and allowed me to help empower teachers to realize their own goals and discover their own strengths.  This eight-day training, while lengthy, has been one of the best I have ever attended. It continues to be worth the days I had to be out of school.  The benefits for teachers and students are compounded with each coaching session I undertake after having had this training.”     --Michelle Noriega, Assistant Principal, Marshall High School

“Cognitive Coaching has provided me with a guide or map that supports my conversation with my new teachers, teacher candidates and even my colleagues.  While the 'map' has a structure it is also just a guide to help our conversation get to the next step.  The best part about this coaching is that it helps educators turn their thinking into action.  When that light goes on in their head as the words come out of their mouth it is the coolest thing to see.  Almost like a kite taking flight.  You are just there in case it grounds itself or tries to touch down...only to gently nudge it up again with a 'paraphrase' or a 'habits of mind' word or two.”  -- Jen Fraze, TOSA, Mankato

“Throughout the Cognitive Coaching Seminar at Minnesota State University - Mankato, I was able to apply learned tools and strategies that support teacher candidates in building self-directedness that will allow TCs to be effective communicators in the 21 century classroom. I strive to implement mentoring language learned through this training during both pre-conferencing and post-conferencing of observations, as well as during my interactions with colleagues on a daily basis.”  --Rhonda Hermanson, TOSA, Sibley-East Public Schools

“Cognitive coaching is the single most powerful tool that I use in my practice as a mentor and principal. Cognitive coaching allows for teacher metacognition. This process allows teachers to expand their practice by accessing their own thought process and coming up with their own answers to self-identified or identified areas of concern. This provides the teacher with self-efficacy and pride with their practice and leads to growth in their practice.”   -- Scott Lusk, Principal, Cleveland Public Schools