Google Certified Coach
As a Google Recommended Coaching Partner, we at TL Specialists bring over 50 years of collective experience as coaches. We have been coaches in schools around the world, both in-person and remotely. Our team members have also served as mentors for ASCD Emerging Leaders and Google Certified Innovators. As an organization, we understand the importance of equity in education. By choosing us as your Recommended Partner for the Google for Education Certified Coach program, you can rest assured that we will infuse culturally relevant practices into the learning and growth of your community’s coaching program.
What is the Certified Coach program?
The Google for Education Certified Coach program empowers instructional coaches to work 1:1 with teachers and drive impactful technology use in schools. With more and more educators relying on technology to enable remote and hybrid learning, the need for professional development and support has increased. This is where the Coach comes in. Instructional coaches provide a powerful opportunity for schools to support educators as they continue to navigate through this new world of learning.
Coaches play a pivotal role in today’s schools – from aligning with school goals to supporting teacher growth. Research shows that instructional coaching has a greater impact on teacher practice than any other type of professional development.
By using a research-based model and structured curriculum, the Google for Education Certified Coach program helps instructional coaches hone their practice and work even more effectively with educators.
How do I become a Certified Coach?
The Certified Coach Program curriculum is free. It consists of approximately 20 hours of self-paced learning modules, with checks for understanding at the end of each module. The module titles include:
- Introduction to the Certified Coach Program
- The Challenge-Based Coaching Model
- Building a Strong Coaching Team and Culture
- Cultivating Effective Coach and Teacher Relationships
- Refining Strategies for Impactful Coaching
- Leveling Up Your Coaching Toolkit
- Celebrating and Advancing Success
- Coach Skills Assessment
In addition to the curriculum, you will also need to obtain Google Level 1 and Level 2 certificates.
**When you choose TL Specialists as your Partner for the Google for Education Certified Coach program, the price of Level 1 and Level 2 exams and courses are included in the total cost of our services, as an added bonus.
Upon completion of the curriculum, you will need to pass an assessment. The assessment contains roughly 47 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and takes about an hour to complete.
You will receive your results instantly. A score of at least 80% must be attained in order to pass the assessment.
Throughout the course of this program, you will need to collect artifacts that demonstrate how you’ve used the 5-step coaching model with teachers. You will need a total of 3 artifacts and a short video:
- Artifact 1: A coaching artifact that showcases your coaching interactions with teachers in your building(s)
- Artifact 2: A coaching artifact that focuses on data and analysis
- Artifact 3: A coaching artifact that showcases a bright spot story from working with teachers, innovation advocate or students
- Artifact 4: A short video (3-5 minutes) describing how you used the 5-step coaching model.
In order to obtain these artifacts, you need to have completed 100 hours of 1:1 coaching support with teachers.
Once you have completed Steps 1-3, you are now ready to submit your application to become a Google for Education Certified Coach.
In order to submit an application, you will need to:
- Complete all curriculum modules
- Pass Coach Skills Assessment (80% score or higher)
- Submit a brief coaching portfolio (short video and 3 artifacts)
- Submit reference from an administrator
- Obtain Google for Education Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certifications
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Results are received within a minimum of 4 weeks.
What is the difference between a Coach and a Trainer?
Why should I work with a Mentor?
Everyone needs a coach.
Whether you’re bringing one from the outside in, or you’re promoting from within, a coach can transform the teaching of teachers, and the learning of their students. Much in the way that a coach supports teachers, the coach needs support as well. This is where working with us to provide your coach(es) with mentor(s) comes into play.
Research shows that coaches perform best when they are supported. This support comes in the form of both school and district leaders, as well as other mentors. A mentor is someone who has deep coaching experience which helps coaches synthesize new concepts, overcome challenges, and learn new and innovative tools.
As a Recommended Partner in the Google for Education Certified Coach program, we are prepared to support you in your journey towards becoming a Certified Coach. This support is customized based on your organization’s needs. We work with both coaches and administrators in this program, and help to ensure alignment and advocacy centered on your school community goals. Whether you are a brand-new coach, or a seasoned coach, we have Mentors that are here to support you in your journey. Collectively, our Mentors have over 50 years of experience as both coaches and mentors for a variety of schools and organizations.
Our Mentors are here to assist you with:
Becoming a Google for Education Certified Coach
Ensuring coaching plans are aligned with school or district goals
Implementing ideas and methodologies from the online curriculum
Measuring the impact of coaching
When you invest in the development of your coach(es) the whole school community wins!