Coaching for Innovation, Lumbra, Spring 2019

Dates/Times: April 23-June 18, 2019. Asynchronous meetings online.
Instructor: Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra
Credits: 3 graduate credits
Cost: $950

Course payment of $950 by check or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description:

Today’s learners will live and work in an unpredictable environment. This course identifies dispositions that foster the innovation needed to teach in this circumstance. The focus will be on coaching teachers in a way that brings out these dispositions. Participants will identify coaching pitfalls and apply strategies to avoid these pitfalls. They will learn, practice and reflect on coaching strategies that foster innovative teaching dispositions.

Course Goals & Objectives

Course Goals:

  • Develop routines that foster innovation
  • Develop coaching habits that foster trust in relationships
  • Apply learning theory to coaching situations

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe innovation
  2. Identify teaching dispositions that foster innovative teaching
  3. Apply innovative teaching dispositions
  4. Apply the innovative teaching dispositions in planning for coaching interactions
  5. Facilitate trust in coaching relationships
  6. Solve problems related to the practice of instructional coaching

Course Expectations


  • Forum discussions
  • Reflections
  • Practical tasks


  • Apply dispositions of innovation to instructional coaching practices.

Required Texts

Costs for required readings, if any, are not included in the course cost.
Various readings from George Couros’ Blog

Couros, G. (2015). The innovator’s mindset: Empower learning, unleash talent, and lead a culture of creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting.

Daniel Pink’s work from his book A Whole New Mind

Daniel Pink’s work from his book Drive

For course information contact:

Gabrielle Marquette Lumbra
(802) 309-5240

For registration information and assistance contact:

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register now!