Would you like to become certified to coach Critical Friends Groups®
and learn the subtleties of conducting NSRF protocols effectively?
There are two ways you can be trained as a NSRF-certified CFG coach. You may choose to complete a Five-Day Open Training, or to participate in a Five-Day On-Site Training scheduled for your organization, district or school.
Open Trainings in Bloomington, Indiana and elsewhere
Currently, NSRF offers Open Trainings in Bloomington, Indiana, three times a year, typically in February, July, and October, and occasionally in other sites. Educators and administrators from across the country and all over the world come together in exciting, productive sessions tailored to meet each group’s specific needs. (Other National Facilitators sometimes offer open trainings at other locations, at other times of the year. For a list of these trainings, please see our Upcoming Events table below.)
Attending our Open Training costs $795/participant for five days’ training, plus travel, lodging and dinners on your own. This option is best if you’d like to train single participants or small groups.
Our summer training is five sequential days, but our autumn and spring trainings are three/two-day splits: we've learned that it’s immensely challenging to draw educators away from their schools for five sequential days during the academic year. Instead, we schedule the first three days of the training, and the participants themselves will decide on Day Three when they will return to Bloomington for the final two days of the training. All five days are paid in advance, included in the $795 fee. If a participant can't make the last two days with the rest of their class, they may join us when a later group schedules their two days, at no extra charge.
If traveling to Bloomington during these times is unworkable for you and if you have several people to train as coaches, NSRF can bring our trainings to your location. On-Site Trainings are very specifically tailored to the particular needs of your organization, and is our most cost-effective option if you'd like to train ten or more people at once. A Five-Day On-Site CFG Coaches Training averages approximately $750 per participant for groups of fifteen. The amount will vary depending on your location, the size of your group, and whether you might be able to offset some expenses directly.
Five-day Trainings: the Gold Standard
Because we're often asked, we'll tell you now: NSRF® facilitators can conduct trainings for fewer than five days, but in that case, participants would not be NSRF-certified CFG® Coaches at the end of the workshop. NSRF National Facilitators are also available for consultation, and to facilitate efficient and effective meetings and strategic planning sessions with actionable outcomes.
If you have any questions about NSRF CFG training, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 812-330-2702.
The trainings below are being held at various sites across the country. Unless otherwise noted, seminar fees include all training, materials, lunch, and breaks. Overnight accommodations, transportation, and evening meals are additional costs, arranged by you.
June 20-24, 2014
Five-Day CFG New Coaches Training in Athens, Greece
Facilitated by David Nelson, NSRF National Facilitator and Faculty Development and Growth Program Coordinator for the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece. A very limited number of seats are still available for this CFG coaches training, so if you're interested, please download this flyer, or contact David Nelson: email@example.com or +30 210 6393200
€550 per participant
June 23-27, 2014
Five-Day CFG New Coaches Training in San Francisco, California, part of the TEACH 21 WEST Conference. Note that the conference will be held June 23-26, but to be certified as a CFG coach, you need to stay for the fifth day of training, which ends about 2 p.m. on June 27. A very limited number of seats are still available for this CFG coaches training, so if you're interested, please complete this application form and submit your payment by credit card as soon as possible.
$850 per participant
San Francisco, CA
Additional Five-Day CFG New Coaches Trainings are being considered this summer for cities including Los Angeles, California and Ithaca, New York. If you're interested in being informed about these possibilities and others, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to our list.
Five-Day CFG New Coaches Training in Bloomington, Indiana. Follow the link to learn more or register. If you'd like to make your reservations by phone, or make multiple reservations for other staff members, call NSRF at 812-330-2702. We encourage participants to bring at least one colleague, for best results in setting up CFGs later.
$795 per participant
Want to go beyond CFG Coaches Training
and become certified as an NSRF National Facilitator?
National Facilitators are CFG coaches who complete an additional training process to prepare them to facilitate New and Experienced Coaches Trainings, other workshops, strategic planning sessions, and school visits associated with NSRF.
To become a National Facilitator you would need to finish these five requirements:
1. Complete a CFG New Coaches Five-Day Training to become a NSRF-certified CFG coach.
2. Complete at least one year of coaching a CFG that has met at least once a month for at least two hours, then send NSRF agendas and notes from these CFG meetings.
3. Intern with a certified NSRF facilitator during at least two CFG New Coaches Five-Day training sessions, then submit NSRF your agendas, notes, and reflections about your performance in these training sessions.
4. Send in a recommendation from your mentor National Facilitator that confirms your readyness to facilitate CFG trainings, and
5. Pay and stay current with your National Facilitator dues.
Once you become a National Facilitator, we will put you in our database as such and ask you to keep us informed about your availability for conducting trainings. Then, you should we learn of appropriate training opportunities or meetings for you to lead, we may contact you to negotiate your availability. After you sign an agreement with us and follow our requirements, you may organize and teach CFG Coaches training sessions on your own and the coaches you train may be certified by NSRF. Based on this agreement, we are happy to advertise your trainings in the above table on our website. Please contact us if you have any questions about this process at email@example.com or 812-330-2702.