Critical Friends Group®
On-Site Coaches’ Training:

A 5-day, experiential training held at
Wildwood School in Los Angeles, CA
culminating in CFG® Coaches’ Certification from NSRF®

July 22-26th, 2024


This five-day, on-site training provides educators with proven tools for developing a collaborative culture that fosters professional learning and raises student achievement. New CFG Coaches Training offers an opportunity to master the fundamentals of CFG coaching by experiencing them firsthand, as part of a cohort of like-minded professionals from a variety of environments.

Five full days of intensive, collaborative learning!

By the end of the training, participants will:

  • Embrace adult learning in service of equitable student outcomes
  • Develop and deepen facilitation skills
  • Know how to “mine” texts for deeper learning
  • Understand how to match protocols to particular examples of student and adult work
  • Know how to give and receive productive feedback on professional practice
  • Have a plan for launching CFG communities at their school or district
  • Receive certification as CFG coaches by The National School Reform Faculty

The registration fee for the week is $999 per seat. Participants will each receive a copy of the CFG Coaches’ Handbook, one 12-pack of Collaborative Cue Cards to bring back to share with your school or organization, and a year-long coaches’ membership in the NSRF with full access to the coaches’ online protocol library as well as email and phone support from your training facilitator and NSRF.



Regarding COVID and cancellation policies:

Do not book non-refundable travel arrangements until Wildwood confirms this training will occur. Confirmation should be announced at least 30 days prior to the first day of training.

If you need to cancel before this confirmation date, you can receive a full refund of the cost of registration and a 50% refund after that, up to two weeks out from the scheduled start date. No refund or credit for cancellations made within two weeks of the training start date, and no refunds for your travel expenses. COVID provisions: Exceptions may be made for illness and other unexpected circumstances.

Be sure to note that this is an on-site group training and does not cover the protocols and activities redesigned for use within virtual meetings! If this training should be cancelled due to changes in the pandemic, it will NOT be converted into a virtual training experience.


Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidelines, mask-wearing is encouraged (but not required) indoors throughout the training.


Refund policy note

NSRF works hard to keep the costs of our trainings low and only accepts a limited number of participants per cohort, which makes it an especially high-value training opportunity. Please confirm the refund policies listed on Wildwood’s site. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.


This on-site training is arranged through both NSRF and Wildwood Outreach Center. Payment and information must be supplied to Wildwood Outreach Center through their website.


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If you have any questions about this specific On-Site CFG Coaches’ training at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California, please contact NSRF facilitator, Steve Barrett at

If you have questions about CFG trainings in general or becoming a member on our site, please email us at We are happy to help!