Connected Coaching

Coach in online spaces and leverage the affordances of technology for coaching from a unique strength-based inquiry lens.
Connected Coaching

Are educators in your school/district crying out for help to meet the social and academic needs of all students and don’t know where to turn?

Are you tasked with supporting educators teaching in face-to-face, blended or virtual environments? 

Are you wondering how to grow meaningful relationships in an online environment?

Are you weighed down with challenges that wear you out and drain your energy?

Are you trying to find direction when it comes to supporting educators through these challenging times, without adding one more thing on their plate? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions,

then the Connected Coaching course is right for you.

In this 8-week, instructor-led course, we’ll journey together to take a deep dive into a blended strength-based coaching model that can be used in a variety of learning environments to enable growth and change.

Coaching – like learning – is moving to online spaces.

And it is there that coaches become social artists, enabling conditions for collegial conversations, deep learning, more accomplished practice, and subsequent improved learning for students.

The Connected Coaching eCourse will prepare you to coach in blended environments, to leverage the affordances of technology for coaching from a unique strength based inquiry lens. Through this 8-week eCourse you will explore:

  • Foundations and elements of the Connected Coaching model
  • An appreciative inquiry strength based approach to coaching
  • Protocols and activities for use by connected coaches
  • Ways to leverage online tools for coaching in online environments

This course lasts 8 weeks.

During this learning journey, we’ll engage in asynchronous discussions and activities. We’ll also meet weekly on Thursday’s for webinars, uncovering and discovering avenues to better facilitation and communication.

Each week features:

  • Guidance from an experienced educator and credentialed coach – Jennifer Bloomingdale 
  • Resources that become the foundation for interactive conversations in the weekly webinar.
  • Asynchronous threaded discussions and activities in a private online space that promote collaboration and deepen understanding.
  • A 90-minute, live, interactive webinar that will be held on Thursdays at 7pm Eastern.
  • An archived recording of the session.
  • A private space in the PLP Community Hub to connect with other participants and try out some of the skills you’re learning. 

In just 8 weeks, learn to coach in online spaces and develop an appreciative inquiry, strength-based approach.

Get expert guidance from a Connected Coach instructor.

Course starts on January 11th, 2021


Specific topics to be covered in the weekly content include:

Week 1: Introductions to Trustbuilding and Coaching

In this short week, we’ll spend some time building trust and learning what everyone knows and wants to know about Connected Coaching. How can we build trust and develop relationships in online spaces?

Week 2: Connected Coaching — The Model

  • Appreciative inquiry
  • The Connected Coaching model
  • Wayfinding

Week 3: Building Trust Online

  • Examining climate and culture
  • Establishing rapport
  • Protocols/activities for building trust
  • Collaborative presentation

Week 4: Coaching Essentials

  • Doing active listening
  • Paraphrasing/mindfulness/positive presuppositions
  • Asking powerful/appreciative questions

Week 5: Inquiring

  • Seeking stories
  • Aspirations
  • Possibilities
  • Brainstorming/wonderings
  • Reflection

Week 6: Applying what we’ve learned

  • Case studies, role playing, authentic application
  • Revisiting and implementing protocols
  • Collaborative Connected Coaching toolkit

Week 7: Facilitating Design Thinking

  • Designing experiments
  • Protocols/Activities
  • Applying what we’ve learned

Week 8: Reflecting, Assessing

  • Peer/Self assessment
  • Collaborative Connected Coaching Toolkit
  • Reflection




Completing this course opens the possibility of working with Powerful Learning Practice as a Connected Coach. 


What they’re saying…

“Sign up for a life changing experience”

Lani and Jennifer are fantastic teachers and role model. If you take this course from them, you would be learning from the best! They are able to meet all learners at whatever level of coaching experience they have had prior and is able to effectively balance challenge with encouragement. They are also excellent at building a strong sense of community (though to be fair, you must have co-learners who have signed up that are eager to do this too) and able to bring even the most hesitant individuals out of their shells.

I have taken several other coaching courses before and this model aligns with how I view teaching and learning, and has made me a stronger coach in my daily work. If you are interested in learning, growing and helping others be the best they can be, you must take this course.

Dawn Imada Chan


“Powerful learning!”

What an amazing and powerful learning experience! I had worked as an Academic Coach and wanted to explore and discover the differences in coaching online. I learned that and much, much more, wishing I had taken this course before I ever started coaching.

We know how we hate being told what to do, following mandates (or at least I do) because we want to do the best and be the best we can for our students. Through Connected Coaching I experienced a new path, one that honors each individual and celebrates their own aspirations. What could be better than having someone believe in you, support you in your thinking and inquiry, and help you build on your strengths?

Linda Nitsche


“All about trust”

The Connected Coaching eCourse is all about trust, building from the strengths you already possess and being willing to look at what’s “messy” so that you’re able to achieve your goals – whatever they might be.

I was most interested in becoming a better listener, asking not only the right questions but better questions and fine tuning my skills as one who empowers others and brings out the best in them – just like Hellman’s on a sandwich. I have made progress but it’s a process much like Design Thinking and Action Research. You plan, act, reflect and plan some more! You can always get better at whatever it is you love to do!

Pat Smiley


In just 8 weeks, learn to coach in online spaces and develop an appreciative inquiry, strength-based approach.

Get expert guidance from a Connected Coach instructor.

Course starts on January 11, 2021


About The Instructor

Jennifer Bloomingdale

Jennifer Bloomingdale

Director of Community Engagement at Powerful Learning Practice

Jennifer is Director of Community Engagement for Powerful Learning Practice. graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. She is a former classroom teacher who developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer has been an eCourse facilitator at Powerful Learning Practice since 2012, where she developed and facilitated courses on using Google Apps for Education and integrating technology. Her work at PLP introduced her to the world of coaching, which has lead to her becoming a certified evocative coach and an instructional coach.

Frequently Asked Questions: Instructor-Led Courses

How is the material presented?

This instructor-led course is a mixture of live webinars, asynchronous discussion, videos, written content, worksheets, downloadable goodies, and more.

Is this a “live” course? Can I take it whenever I like?

This course is a blend of live webinars and asynchronous discussion. You can review the content whenever you like, including replays of the webinars.

When will I have access to the course content?

This course starts on a specific launch date. Each week, you'll receive new course content. You then have access to the course material forever.

How do you handle payments?

Payments are securely handled through Stripe. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. If you need to pay with a purchase order, enroll in bulk, or want us to create a custom bundle for you, contact us.

How does the Graduate Credit work?

Graduate PD credit is available for all Powerful Learning Practice courses through the University of North Dakota. Learn more

Can I register multiple people in this course like a school or district?

Absolutely. We give significant discounts for bulk registrations. Please contact us to make an arrangement for your staff, school, or district.

Money Back Guarantee

You might be concerned that these courses won’t work for you. We get that. We offer a no risk, 30-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like the courses, if you feel like you already know the material, or if you just change your mind, we will refund 100% of your money for the first 30 days upon completion of an exit interview so we can learn how to make it better next time around. Do you have questions about this offering? Please contact us!

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What they’re saying…

“My one word for this experience is PROFOUND”

Lani Ritter-Hall and Amy Musone have been truly amazing facilitators of our learning and at modeling coaching techniques and dispositions. I had been observing and reading about coaching and leading change for a little while now, but this course and the connected coaching model that Lani has created really speaks to me in terms of who I am and how I view the world.

As well as being a rich learning experience full of strategies and information, this course has validated how I view learning, supporting others, valuing contributions and walking with others (educators) to help them set their own path rather than me telling them what to do. The group that have done the course with me have been a wonderful community. I’m amazed by the openness, depth of reflection and comfort to share of self and journey, and to be challenged in a that has been part of our interactions. I’ve been challenged to take my thinking much deeper than I expected and I don’t think that this would have been possible without such a group… My one word for this experience is PROFOUND.

Amanda Rablin


“Helping others recognize strengths”

I’ve known for a long time about the value of careful listening and paraphrasing, but I learned to focus on the positive perspective in the paraphrasing–for the purpose of helping the other recognize strengths they might not see for themselves–and then to build on those strengths moving forward. This is different from merely repeating back what was said and then moving ahead to “fix the problem.” In addition, the questions that I pose also help to change the perspective of the other person by seeking out the things that worked and that brought energy and enjoyment. Again, the purpose is to help the other person find the positive aspects and strengths in themselves on which they can build.

Eric Hoefler

Educator, Henrico County Public Schools

“Very powerful for me.”

As I reflected back on my learning contract I was so focused on the technology piece but what I really got out of this course was a deep understanding of what coaching is and how stories, positive inquiry and coming from strength can really affect change. Very powerful for me.

Eileen Lawson

Catapult Learning