Cultivating Knowledge: Growing as Coaches!

Date:     October 19 and October 20, 2023    
Time:     9:00am – 3:00pm (each day)
Type:     In-Person

Location: Haywood Community College   
          Juniper - Health Science Education Building
          185 Freelander Dr.
          Clyde, NC 28721

Fee:      WRESA Members: $150  Oct 19th only  
                         $100  Oct 20th only 
                         $225  Oct 19th and 20th (both days)    

          Non-members:   $225 Oct 19th only 
                         $150 Oct 20th only 
                         $340 Oct 19th and 20th (both days)          
CEUs:     5  Contact Hours per single day 
          10 Contact Hours for both days 
Limit:    80 Participants (each day)

Audience: K-12 Instructional Coaches and K-12 Administrators
What to bring:  A charged device

Refund Policy:  Non-refundable - However, your registration can be transferred to another person.

WRESA is excited to provide this opportunity for educational leaders to have two full days dedicated to coaching and leadership strategies. Gather with colleagues from all across WNC for an inspiring two days filled with educational professional development and networking.  Join us as we cultivate our knowledge and inspire others to grow together as a community of learners and leaders.  An action packed day kicking off with our keynote speaker, Daryl Michel, coauthor of  Student Focused Coaching will lead us through strategies that will directly impact the way we coach.  Also, on October 20th, Ben Owens will join us as our keynote speaker.  Ben, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Engineer of the education non-profit Open Way Learning will focus particularly on how instructional coaches are often the “connective tissue” that bring school transformations to fruition. In addition on this day, we will offer a variety of coaching topics for numerous breakout sessions.



Where: Join us for a breathtaking Fall day on the beautiful  campus of Haywood Community College. We will be in a new  building this year.  Juniper/ Health and Science Education Building.   During your lunch break you have the option to take a Fall walk or even bring a quilt/chair to have a picnic with your peers.  You can choose to dine inside as well.





Barnes and Noble: We will have a mobile shop on site for you to purchase the latest books from our guest speakers (Daryl Michel and Ben Owens) as well as some of the most popular coaching titles.  Remember that educators get a 25 % discount.  



        Keynote Speaker


Daryl Michel, PhD


 DAY #1:   October 19th – (9:00am-3:00pm)

 Keynote Presenter:  Daryl Michel, PhD

Daryl Michel, PhD, consults with organizations nationally and internationally in areas such as instructional coaching, teacher education, disciplinary literacy, learning and lesson study, and curriculum design. He is the founder of Be A Change, LLC, and coauthor of Student-Focused Coaching: The Instructional Coach’s Guide to Supporting Student Success Through Teacher Collaboration (Brookes Publishing, 2022).  In addition to his educational consulting, he serves as a project manager for The University of Texas at Austin’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and as a statewide coordinator supporting Reading Apprenticeship for WestEd. Daryl began his career in the education profession nearly three decades ago and, todaycontinues to follow his passion of learning with and from others and advocating for voices and perspectives to be heard.

Agenda:  Dr. Michel’s most recent book titled: Student Focused Coaching: The Instructional Coach’s Guide to Supporting Student Success Through Teacher Collaboration will be the focus of the presentation on Oct. 19, 2023. 


Ben Owens

DAY #2:   October 20th – (9:00am-3:00pm)

Keynote Presenter: Ben Owens

Attention instructional coaches, champions of educational transformation! Picture a school where learner-centered innovation flourishes, where students collaboratively engage with peers and experts, applying academic knowledge to real-world passions, and effecting tangible change in their own communities. Ben Owens, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Engineer of the education nonprofit Open Way Learning, will provide a keynote address that will present an inspiring vision that will help you see how to bring this picture into reality within your own learning community. Ben will offer images of possibility from schools that have made this cultural transformation and help you identify how you can adapt transformative ideas into your own context. He will focus particularly on how instructional coaches are often the “connective tissue” that bring such school transformations to fruition. Audience members will leave with the inspiration, design framework, and proven theory of change necessary to be agents of positive disruption within their own schools or districts. Together, we will create the conditions where you can catalyze a culture change within your own school – one where every student experiences the joy and wonder of learning every day, every class, every lesson.


  • 8:00 – 8:45- Registration and Check in
  • 9:00-10:00- Keynote Speaker: Ben Owens
  • 10:00-10:15- Break                                              
  • 10:15-10:55- Breakout Session-1
  • 11:00-11:45- Breakout Session -2
  • 11:45-12:45- Lunch (free lunch provided)
  • 12:45- 1:30- Breakout Session-3
  •  1:30 – 1:45- Break 
  • 1:45 – 2:45- Keynote Speaker: Casey Kruk
  • 2:45- 3:00- Door Prizes

Breakout Session Topics:

  • Building an Innovative School Culture: A Coaches Roadmap to Action
  • Frame by Frame: Harnessing the Power of Video for Instructional Growth
  • Frontloading Building Knowledge and Content Language for ELS- MLS and all Students  
  • Using Math Studios to Build Positive Math Identity within Teachers and Students
  • Connecting the MTSS Dots for Coaches
  • The 4 C’s of Teacher Talk: Creating, Collaborating, Coaching, and Conversing
  • How to Grow Great Teachers

If you have any questions, please contact Candie Sellers at (ext. 104)

If you are unsure whether your school system is a WRESA member, click  WRESA MEMBER List.