If you have ten to fifteen people interested in being trained now as CFG® coaches, this page tells you how to receive training at your school. If you have five to nine people ready to start training, please visit the On-Site+Open Trainings page, and if you have fewer than five, visit the Open Trainings page.
Name your top three concerns or goals for your school
What problems does your school face everyday? Inefficient and time-wasting meetings? A need for sharing and collaboration instead of stress and tension? A way to discuss “the elephants in the living room?” Questions of equity? Faculty satisfaction and retention? Or, as so many “supporters” are demanding, improving scores on standardized tests?
If you're an individual educator reading this page, what aspects of your teaching practice are most challenging for you?
How can we help?
Together, we'll discuss your most pressing needs and use them to personalize the agenda for your on-site trainings. You'll work with a hand-selected NSRF-certified National Facilitator to meet your specific needs most effectively.
Every Critical Friends Group® New Coaches Training focuses on a handful of core NSRF® protocols and activities. Participants learn and practice crucial tools for giving skillful, actionable feedback. A crucial teaching is how to share information with others in ways that avoid the receiver feeling attacked or defensive. These tools, used within an ongoing CFG community, will improve collaboration between your staff members, bringing colleagues together to improve their own work and that of their students. NSRF protocols and activities also have wonderful applications in the classrooms to teach 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, assessing, and organizing information. As new coaches, participants will also learn the subtle (but imperative!) facilitation tips for each protocol and become better facilitative leaders in many aspects of their work, not just within CFG meetings and in the use of protocols.
Which of your colleagues are ready to get started?
If you have ten to fifteen people interested in becoming coaches, or multiples of ten or fifteen, that's perfect. In every New Coaches Training, we hold the ratio of facilitators to people being trained at 1:15. We encourage schools to train at least one coach for every six to ten staff members they hope to involve in CFG communities, but schools often “scale up,” after starting with fewer coaches. NSRF trainings are never a “sit and get,” but a week of active engagement in your real-world dilemmas and local work. Expect to have hands on, brains on, and empathy on all week.
Keeping the costs as low as possible.
Depending on exactly where you're located and how many people will be trained at one time, a group of fifteen can be trained for about $760-$950 per participant. That covers one NSRF-certified National Facilitator per 15 trainees (including all expenses), the whole five days of training (even if we break the training into two parts), a CFG Coaches' Handbook for every participant, a frameable certificate for each graduate of the training, and a year's membership in NSRF for each participant (with extra benefits for members and more for the newly certified coaches).
You will also need to provide a suitable space to hold the training, food for the participants, and other materials used in the training such as chart paper, markers, post-it notes, printouts/copies of materials emailed to you, etc. Nothing you probably don't already have in your storeroom.
Indiana University offers an option for CCUs, as do some other universities, but those are not included in our estimate. We can certify the number of hours of training received if you're working through your own program for credit.
Next steps: think about these things before you call us.
What are your goals for CFG work at your school, or why are you personally interested in CFG Coaches' Training? About how many people will be ready to train? Do you have dates in mind already? Will you want five consecutive days or split the training into three days and then two, later?
Of course you can feel free to call us even if you don't know all these answers yet, if you have other questions for us to answer.
Got that? Now you're ready to call.
Our number is 812-330-2702. We're open Monday-Friday, 9-5 Eastern Time, but can set appointments to speak with you outside our regular business hours as necessary. If you'd like to complete a webform so we have fewer questions to ask, please click here.