Critical Friends Group®
On-Site Coaches’ Training:

A 5-day, experiential training held at
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas
culminating in CFG® Coaches’ Certification from NSRF®

June 24-28, 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. CFG New Coaches’ Training offers an opportunity to master the fundamentals of CFG coaching by experiencing them firsthand, as part of a cohort of professionals with a growth mindset and commitment to learning.

To be certified, you must attend all five days, 8:30pm-4pm, ending at 2pm on Friday, and complete all necessary work. This particular NSRF training will be led by an NSRF facilitator and hosted at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School*. Located in beautiful Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private K-12 school that has been “empowering scholars, artists, athletes, and servants since 1952.”


*Note: If you are an educator or staff at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, contact your administration right away to grab your seat! 

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


Seating is highly limited so act quickly!

The registration fee for this training is $1035. Lunch will be provided by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

Participants will each receive a copy of the CFG Coaches’ Handbook (+ 1 addendum with our most updated coaches’ materials) and, after completing all requirements, be certified as CFG Coaches with ongoing support from your training facilitator and the NSRF. They will also have a renewable Coaches’ Membership for a year with full access to the Coaches’ Online Protocol Library and additional online resources.

Please invite your friends and colleagues to join you in this unique experience! 

If you bring a friend or colleague to this training, you can each receive a $75 discount (one discount per organization, please). It’s extremely helpful to have support as you do this work in your own organization, so having a “training buddy” greatly enhances your chance for success. To receive the discount, please email

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


Paying with a Purchase Order or check?

If you are registering but need to pay with a check or a purchase order, please email right away to make arrangements. Be sure to note that this training requires payment at the time of registration.


Refund policy

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. Because of the limited number of seats and the low margin, refunds are only available with cancellations at least two weeks before this event. If you find you cannot attend, please try to find a colleague who can take your seat and contact us with the information so we can be sure to make proper adjustments and connections moving forward. If we should cancel this training due to lack of participation or other circumstance, you will be notified immediately via email and fully refunded. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.


Can’t make these dates? NSRF has other options …


We look forward to working with you in 2024!


If you have any questions about purchasing and registering for this training or about CFG trainings in general, please email us at We are here to help!