It's Time to Level Up Your Instructional Coaching!

Learn from Instructional Coaching & Instructional Leader Experts 

July 13-15, 2020

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What's the Simply Coaching Summit?

The Simply Coaching Summit was created to empower Instructional Coaches and Instructional Leaders to gain the “How To” in the best Instructional Coaching Practices. The Speakers and Presenters of this conference will equip you with the tools needed and give you the exclusive insight into the world of instructional coaching to increase student achievement by supporting classroom teachers across the world.

Our summit is the first online conference dedicated exclusively to Instructional Coaches and Instructional Leaders.

You can attend this event virtually from anywhere in the world.

What 2019 Summit Participants Are Saying...

"This was hands-down the best virtual conference I have attended. I walked away with many practical tips and can't wait to get started this fall!"

"Finally! Professional Development that meets you where you are, at your own pace."

"This was a great PD in your PJ's style conference, just for coaches. Each day you get a variety of resources, engaging interviews, and informational sessions that expand your toolkit as an instructional coach."

Virtual Summit Schedule

July 13, 2020

LIVE Keynote Session - 9:00 am Eastern

Mr. Robert Jackson

Consultant, Author, and Workshop presenter and Curriculum Writer

Coaching the Virtual Guided Reading

Nita Creekmoore

Afternoon Keynote

Joellen Killion

Senior advisor to Learning Forward, Author, Consultant and served for many years as the Association's Deputy Executive Director.

From the Field Coaches Panel Discussion 

Hosted by Dr. Stephanie Affinito

Content Coaching through Data Analysis

Crystal Ceresani

Collaborative Planning: Creating a Standards-Aligned Curriculum and Instructional Program

Dr. Elizabeth Greninger

July 14, 2020

LIVE Keynote Session - 9:00 am Eastern

Dr. Sarah-Jane Thomas

Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools and Founder of the EduMatch project 

How to lead Tech PD on Google Classroom

Sarah Miller

Helping Your Teachers Get the Most Out of Schoology

Amy Alvis

Afternoon Keynote

Steve Ventura

Professional Development Consultant for Advanced Collaborative Solutions and an Author-Consultant for Corwin Professional Learning

Bonus Interview with Kasey Bell

International speaker, Author, Blogger, Podcaster, and owner of Shakeup Learning.

Virtual Instructional Coaching Cycles

Dr. Stephanie Affinito


July 15, 2020

LIVE Keynote Session - 9:00 am Eastern

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Speaker, Author, and Professional Learning Facilitator and Chief Education Officer at WeVideo. 

Coaching Teachers to Facilitate Student-Led Classrooms

Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman

The Breakthrough Coaching Strategy You've Overlooked

Gretchen Bridgers

Afternoon Keynote

Steve Barkley

Author, Educational Consultant, Podcaster, Blogger and Executive Vice President of PLS 3rd Learning

From the Field Coaches Panel Discussion 

Hosted by Gretchen Bridgers

Jump Start Your Coaching: How to Introduce Yourself to Faculty

Allison Petersen

Better Classroom Observations

Melanie Matthews

Differentiating Teacher Support Through the 3 C’s of Instructional Coaching

Breonne LaSalle









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And they said...

"I have been an instructional coach for 5 years and have found it challenging to find PD that is designed specifically for coaches. This Summit gave me exactly what I needed to grow as a coach. I'm excited and inspired to implement the actionable take-aways. I loved being able to pause the videos and create some of the strategies that I needed immediately. I'm already looking forward to the next Summit!"

"This was PD at my fingertips that I could easily access at anytime. It allowed me to learn and collaborate with experts at my own pace. The topics were diverse and inclusive. The presenters were approachable and truly wanted to support the participants. It created a network of individuals and resources that are invaluable."

"The Simply Coaching Summit helped me to feel prepared for my first year as an Instructional Coach. Being able to pause, rewind, and skip around in the videos meant that I could take notes and explore additional resources. I collected countless ideas for structuring my program, planning my time, and building relationships. It also helped me to build a support network."

Ticket Prices

Early Bird


May 21st - June 30th

  • 6 Keynote Sessions
  • 2 Panel Discussions from Current Coaches in the Field
  • 14 Professional Development Sessions (45-50 mins each)
  • Bonus Interview Session
  • Access to Exclusive Summit Facebook Community
  • 6 Months Access to All Content
  • 19 Credit Hour / Clock Hour PD Certificate

'Last Day' Price


July 13th - July 31st

  • 6 Keynote Sessions
  • 2 Panel Discussions from Current Coaches in the Field
  • 14 Professional Development Sessions (45-50 mins each)
  • Bonus Interview Session
  • Access to Exclusive Summit Facebook Community
  • 6 Months Access to All Content
  • 19 Credit Hour / Clock Hour PD Certificate
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Group Rate

$50 / person

For Groups of 10+ People

  • 6 Keynote Sessions
  • 2 Panel Discussions from Current Coaches in the Field
  • 14 Professional Development Sessions (45-50 mins each)
  • Bonus Interview Session
  • Access to Exclusive Summit Facebook Community
  • 6 Months Access to All Content
  • 19 Credit Hour / Clock Hour PD Certificate
  • Purchase Orders Accepted

EMAIL: [email protected]

Your Host

Nicole S. Turner

Nicole is an educational consultant, author, owner and creative director at Simply Coaching + Teaching, LLC. She is the creator of the Simply Coaching Summit, the first and only virtual summit exclusively for instructional coaches and teacher leaders and the author of "Simply Instructional Coaching". In addition, she serves teachers and students in the capacity of an Instructional Coach in Indianapolis, IN. Nicole has 15 years of K-12 classroom and leadership experience from classroom teacher to school improvement and turnaround specialist for the Indiana Department of Education and many roles in between.

Starting Line Up & Keynote Speakers

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson began his teaching career almost 25 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools with a no excuses teaching approach with all of his students. As an educator he didn’t allow his students to feel sorry for themselves or let their circumstances define their futures. He set high expectations for his students and expected them to do well. As a coach, he led with the same principles. Several of his students went from being low performing to successful pastors, lawyers, school administrators, teachers, sales reps, business owners, pro athletes, entertainers and more.

He has delivered 100’s of presentations and has become an expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio emotional learning and how to retain troubled students in school. His goal is to teach educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to Educate, Activate and Motivate all students to be successes. He challenges parents to take a more active role in their children’s education. Robert also works with students to overcome pain and hardships through discipline and accountability.

Mr. Jackson has written and published 6 books and has written articles for ASCD EL Leadership Magazine. His new book, “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students” was just released in August of 2019 by ASCD. His No More Excuses Curriculum has been featured in publications nationally and is utilized in K-12 Schools and Colleges/Universities. His books include, Black Men Stand Up, A Boys Guide to Manhood, A Young Woman’s Guide to Womanhood, Put a Stop to Bullying and Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males.

He attended Western Kentucky University where he received his BS Degree in Industrial Technology while lettering 4 years in both Football and Track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings he began his teaching career. Instead of focusing on the problem, he decided to focus on solutions by training students to cope with their inner pain and navigate more effectively through the school system.

 Robert has spoken at national conferences including ASCD, SDE, CAAASA, NABSE, HSTW, School Discipline National Conference and SAAB National Conference.

Mr. Jackson is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the NFL Players Association. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2019 Motivational Educator of the Year Award and the Key to the City of Miami. He has spoken at Harvard University, Nova Scotia, Canada and Hilo, Hawaii just to name a few. 1000s of youth and adults nationally are being transformed through his speeches and presentations.

Robert is married to Essence Best Selling Author, Tajuana “TJ” Butler-Jackson and they have 3 children.

His motto is, “For Every Problem, there is a Solution”

Steve Ventura

Stephen Ventura is a Professional Development Consultant for Advanced Collaborative Solutions and an Author-Consultant for Corwin Professional Learning.

He is a highly motivational and knowledgeable speaker who approaches high stakes professional development armed with practical, research-based strategies.

Steve is a former elementary, middle, and high school teacher. His administrative experiences encompass those of assistant principal, principal, director, and superintendent.

With expertise in presenting leadership development, Visible Learning, Common Formative Assessments, Student Voice and Aspirations, Achievement TeamsTM, and grading policies/practices, Steve takes the mystery out of determining those most urgent needs of schools and
districts. His work is embedded in contemporary research focused on disciplined collaboration, goal setting, and organizational improvement, all throughout the lens of clearly identified success criteria.  

In addition to his professional development work with teachers and administrators, Steve is also a frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences, and has contributed to several books focused on teaching, learning, and leadership. Titles include Standards and Assessment: The Core of Quality Instruction (2011) and Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Age of the Common Core (2014).

Through his own reality-based experiences, Steve has inspired teachers and leaders across the nation to pursue higher levels of implementation with greater focus,
rigor, and clarity. He has a strong moral aspect, intelligence, easy way with people, and saving sense of humor that support him in his life and work.

Steve obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education and Special Education and also earned a Master's in Educational Management.

He resides in the small community of Templeton, California. He enjoys spending time with family, playing racquetball, and reading.

Steve can be reached at [email protected]

Dr. Sarah-Jane Thomas

Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools.  Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around the world.  Through EduMatch, Sarah has published several collaborative and individual books, and serves as President on the Board of Directors for EduMatch Foundation, Inc.  Sarah is also on the leadership team of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN, and Affiliate Faculty at Loyola University in Maryland.  Sarah is a co-author of the ISTE publication series, Closing the Gap, focusing on digital equity.

Sarah graduated from George Mason University with a doctoral degree in Education, and a concentration in International Education.  She also holds a Master’s degree from Howard University in the field of Curriculum and Instruction.   

Sarah was designated an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2016, and was named Prince George's County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Using Technology in 2015.  She was named by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in 2015.  She was part of the Technical Working Group that refreshed the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators in 2016-2017, and in 2017, she received the ISTE “Making IT Happen” Award.  


Joellen Killion

Joellen Killion is a senior advisor to Learning Forward and served for many years as the association’s deputy executive director. As senior advisor, she leads initiatives related to the link between professional development and student learning. She led the most recent revision of the Standards for Professional Learning, and has extensive experience in planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning at the school, system, and state/provincial levels. She works with coaches, principals, district and state leaders to support understanding and embedding standards-based professional learning in a system. The author or co-author of numerous books, her most recent book, published in 2015, is The Feedback Process: Transforming Feedback for Professional Learning. Her other books include Coaching Matters (with Cindy Harrison, Chris Bryan, and Heather Clifton); Assessing Impact: Evaluating Staff DevelopmentTaking the Lead: New Roles for Teachers and School-Based Coaches (with Cindy Harrison); Becoming a Learning School (with Patricia Roy), and others.

Steve Barkley

Steve Barkley, Executive Vice-President of PLS 3rd Learning, is internationally
recognized for his ability to facilitate change. He is well known for guiding districts through the process of school improvement through coaching, mentoring, and professional learning communities. Most recently, Steve has concentrated his efforts on working with several districts in leadership training, coaching skills, and establishing teacher professional development goals. His dynamic energy and focus provide a model for the skills necessary for effective change in individual teachers, teams, schools, and school districts.

He began his career in education 40 years ago as an elementary school teacher. For the past 30 years he has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities both nationally and internationally.

Steve is a master teacher-of-teachers, a highly motivational and riveting speaker who is extraordinarily knowledgeable about life in the classroom. A catalyst for growth, he is a true role model who practices what he teaches.

Dr. Nathan Lang-Raad

Dr. Nathan D. Lang-Raad is a speaker, author, and professional learning facilitator. He is the Chief Education Officer at WeVideo. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, university adjunct professor, Solution Tree consultant, and partner with The Core Collaborative. He was director of elementary curriculum and instruction for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, as well as education supervisor at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He speaks at both local and national professional conferences and is the cofounder of Bammy Award-nominated #LeadUpChat, an educational leadership professional learning network (PLN) on Twitter. Nathan is also the cofounder of #divergED, a Twitter chat focused on divergent thinking and innovations in education. He is a Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and 2016 Apple Teacher, serves on the board of the Student Voice Foundation, and serves on the International Literacy Association Task Force.

Nathan is the author of Everyday Instructional Coaching, The New Art and Science of Teaching Mathematics co-authored with Dr. Robert Marzano, and WeVideo Every Day.

He has written several blog posts that have been featured on the EdTech K-12, Corwin Connect, Education Week, K-12 Blueprint, and the Solution Tree Blog.

Nathan received a bachelor of arts degree in general science-chemistry from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a master of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, and a doctorate of education degree in learning organizations and strategic change from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

He resides with his husband, Herbie Raad, in beautiful Maine.

To learn more about Nathan's work or follow him on Twitter @drlangraad.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Simply Coaching Summit will take place via the internet. Ticket holders will be able to access and attend the THREE DAY LIVE & PRE-RECORDED EVENT from a computer or mobile device with internet access.