Principles and Practices for Equity-Centered Instructional Coaching

Coaching is a form of professional development that, when implemented well, is highly impactful because it takes place in the context of a trusting relationship, is individualized and naturally differentiated, and is driven by the day to day needs and aspirations of the learner. An instructional coach works to continually build the learner’s capacity to be a reflective, self-directed learner. 

Coaches can play a unique role in supporting educational equity in schools, as the coach can be a mirror, provide a space to be vulnerable, and a space for the learner to reflect deeply on the degree to which their actions align with their beliefs and values and their impact in the classroom. 

In this course, we focus on the underlying ways of being, beliefs and skills that a coach needs in order to coach for educational equity. Participants will reflect upon and deepen their understanding and application of instructional coaching skills and stances that support reflective learning in teachers.

We will accomplish objectives through reading articles and book chapters about coaching, watching coaching role plays and videos, engaging in small and large group discussions and reflective writing activities, as well as practicing coaching skills through simulations and actual coaching conversations.

This course is the first in a series on instructional coaching. If you are interested in developing your instructional coaching, we highly recommend you start with this course.


Noelle Apostol Colin is a relationship and capacity builder with twenty years of experience as an elementary school teacher, instructional and leadership coach, professional development expert, and facilitator. She is driven by her central purpose—ensuring all children in schools are valued and joyfully supported to fulfill their full intellectual potential. She envisions an education system that is a healing, liberatory experience for all. She is a systems thinker who works to develop and nurture thriving communities of adult learners, knowing that we need each other to bring a new educational world into being.

She taught elementary school, coached and worked as an administrator in Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts. She received an MA in Education Leadership from the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley in 2012. Most recently, she worked as a lead facilitator and coach for Bright Morning, Elena Aguilar’s consulting company, leading coaching, capacity building and systems change work in schools and districts around the US and internationally.

Session Calendar and Content

We will meet virtually for 6 sessions.

  • Session 1: Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 2: Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 3: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 4: Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 5: Wednesday, Novebmer 30, 2022, 4:30–6:30
  • Session 6: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 4:30–6:30

* All meeting times are in Pacific time.

Who Should Participate?

Teacher Leaders, Teachers on Special Assignment, Department Chairs, Grade Level Leads, Instructional Coaches, etc.


  • $750 
  • 1 CEU is available at an additional cost of $55.
  • If you are a Bay Area teacher leader at an eligible school or district, you may apply for 21CSLA sponsorship and participate for free! (CEU not included.)


Please note the steps in the registration and sponsorship application:

  • Step 1: Register here.
  • Step 2: You will receive a confirmation email with a link for the 21CSLA sponsorship application.
  • Step 3 (optional): Complete the 21CSLA sponsorship application if you wish to be considered for full sponsorship for this course.


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