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AAIE Leadership Learning Series: Coaching

Leadership Learning Coaching





Join AAIE, AISH, and AAICIS for a series of online conversations to broaden the discourse for leaders around instructional coaching in international schools. Each session will be offered twice for your convenience. School leaders are encouraged to attend all four sessions for maximum benefit. Look out for our 5-minute recorded provocations before the live discussions.

We are creating a series of live conversations to broaden the conversation around instructional coaching for leaders to 

  • provide depth of understanding about what instructional coaching can and should be
  • support international school leaders in answering their key questions about instructional coaching
  • open the door to deeper conversations within AAIE, AISH, and AAICIS member schools about how instructional coaching can serve their school community 
  • give leaders a toolbox/information on how to set coaching up in their community or grow their existing program. 


Heads of School, Deputy Heads of School, Principals / Assistant Principals, Department Leaders (academic or support staff team) who are members of AAIE, AISH and AAICIS


School leaders are encouraged to attend all or a mix of the four sessions for maximum benefit. 

Look out for the 5-minute recorded provocations before the live discussions.


Live conversation following the AAIE style. 

2 topics per semester. The session for each topic will be repeated to meet 2 time zones (US/Europe/Africa and Asia/West Coast)

Dates & Times


Semester 1: Fall 2024

Topic 1: Why Coaching?

  • Monday, September 16, 2024, at 08:00 AM EST
  • Monday, September 23, 2024, at 08:00 PM EST

Semester 1: Fall 2024

Topic 2:  What Makes Coaching Work?

  • Monday, November 11, 2024, at 07:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024, at 07:00 AM EST

Semester 2: Spring 2025

Topic 3: Who Should Be a Coach?

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2025, at 07:00 AM EST
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2025, at 07:00 PM EST

Semester 2: Spring 2025

Topic 4: How to Create a Coaching Culture?

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2025, at 08:00 AM EST
  • Monday, April 28, 2025, at 08:00 PM EST




Why coaching?


Instructional coaching can build and foster a sense of belonging within our school communities. By providing space and time for teachers to be deeply reflective about their practice, we are not only personalizing the learning for the adults in our institutions but also demonstrating that we value, respect, and honor the professionalism our educators bring to the community. Uncover the “why” behind instructional coaching (with the research) so you can confidently advocate for this work with your Board.

AAICIS Speakers Kim Cofino & Joellen Killion



Topic 2: What makes coaching work?


Some schools are successful in their coaching implementation - and some are not. What makes the difference? Based on the recent AAICIS landscape study, as well as conversations with school leaders on the #coachbetter podcast, we’ll unpack the obstacles to avoid as you work towards building a coaching culture. Leaders will walk away with a clear understanding of what’s necessary to make coaching sustainable in an international school context.

AAICIS Speakers Kim Cofino and Jordan Benedict



Topic 3: Who should be a coach?


We all know how to have a conversation. But coaching conversations are different. Unpacking the complexity of coaching conversations, and the work of coaches, can help us understand the true responsibilities involved in the role of a coach. Changing job titles or adding a coaching responsibility to existing positions without understanding the distinction will not build a coaching culture. Ensuring we untangle coaching from supervision and appraisal is essential to the success of instructional coaching. We will unpack the impact of adding the title or the term “coach” to a job description so that leaders can confidently answer the question, “Who should be a coach in my school?” 

AAICIS Speakers: Kim Cofino and Dr. Samantha Olson Wyman



Topic 4: How to create a coaching culture?

APRIL 2024

Instructional coaching does not succeed in isolation. Larger cultural changes may be required, along with structural changes, to build the foundations for coaching success. A culture of learning and growth, psychological safety, leadership support, and professional learning for coaches, are all foundational in developing a culture that supports coaching. Most importantly, utilizing existing school structures and processes to specifically create time for coaching, along with strategic allocation of coaches, are both essential to ensure coaching will be sustainable over time. Leaders will walk away with a clear understanding of the structures and support they need to develop or provide to ensure the success of their coaching program.

AAICIS Speakers: Kim Cofino and Tico Oms