Equity-Centered Coaching: Empowering Others (Module 2)

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, you’ll deepen your skill with facilitative coaching; coaching around beliefs and coaching for empowerment. You’ll also refine your skills around planning, goal setting, and reflecting on coaching conversations to work more intentionally and purposefully. You’ll also hone your vision for equitable classrooms as well as your way of being as a coach.

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, activities, and reflective writing, as well as practicing coaching skills through simulations and actual coaching conversations.

This course is the second module in our series on instructional coaching. If you did not take the first module, but have taken other coach training or have coaching experience, please indicate that in the registration materials and we will be in touch.


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

We will meet virtually for all sessions.

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 4:30–7:00
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 4:30–7:00
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 4:30–7:00
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 4:30–7:00
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 4:30–7:00

* All meeting times are in Pacific time.


This course content includes a review of foundational concepts such as:

  • coaching stances and stems,
  • coaching conversations,
  • mediational questions,
  • deep listening,
  • the 5 states of mind, and
  • the role of identity in coaching.

We will also delve deeper into:

  • the use of coaching stances to empower others.
  • your coaching beliefs
  • your vision for yourself as a coach,
  • frameworks such as the sphere of influence, river and rut stories, and the ladder of inference
  • hone your planning, reflecting and goal setting skills
  • application to your practice through role playing and observation
  • reflection on your own coaching practice (through videotaped coaching session)

Who Should Participate?

Teacher Leaders, Teachers on Special Assignment,  Instructional Coaches, Teacher Induction coaches (BTSA), Department or Grade Level Chairs who want to develop their instructional coaching skills


  • $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.)


  • Step 1: Register here.
  • Step 2: You will receive a registration confirmation email with the link for the 21CSLA sponsorship application.
  • Step 3: Complete the 21CSLA sponsorship application (optional).


Contact us at bse-teacherleaders@berkeley.edu or Jessica Evans at j.evans@berkeley.edu