Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar Part 1 (Days 1-4)

WHEN: 25-28 August 2018
WHERE: United Nations International School of Hanoi 
TRAINER: Dr Ochan Kusuma-Powell 
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Megan Brazil, Elementary Principal -


Workshop Overview

The mission of Cognitive Coaching is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction. Cognitive CoachingSM is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes.


Participant Learning Outcomes

  • Develop trust and rapport
  • Develop an identity as a mediator of thinking
  • Utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting and problem resolving
  • Develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community
  • Develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence
  • Apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating
  • Utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions
  • Distinguish among the five forms of feedback
  • Use data to mediate thinking


About the trainer

Dr. Ochan Kusuma-Powell is the Director of Education Across Frontiers, an organization dedicated to the professional learning of international school educators. She also serves on the Design Team for The Next Frontier Inclusion – a non-profit organization devoted to supporting international schools in becoming more inclusive of students with special learning needs. Ochan has presented numerous workshops and courses in the areas of differentiation, assessment, teacher emotional intelligence, coaching and collaboration. She has been a trainer for the Teacher Training Center (TTC) and is an Associate Trainer for Cognitive Coaching (SM) and Adaptive Schools. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Together with her husband Bill, Ochan co-authored Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2008), Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010), How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2012), The OIQ Factor: Raising the Organizational Intelligence of your school (2013) and Teacher Self-Supervision: Why teacher evaluation is a failed system and what we can do about it (2015). Ochan’s current research, together with the Inter-Community School of Zurich, is on the development of teacher and student metacognition.



  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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