Your Guide to CFG Coaches’ Training


Critical Friends Group work and CFG coaches’ training

Critical Friends Group work originated with the NSRF in 1994. The key differences between CFG communities and other professional learning communities (PLCs) are (1) an intentional cultivation of safety and trust between the members, and (2) a focus on solving problems and accomplishing goals brought by its participants. These distinctions are key to the member educators helping each other improve their practices with honesty and integrity, resulting in a more positive school culture.

Groups are led by a certified CFG coach who is trained to use NSRF collaboration tools called “protocols” mindfully. These tools allow all CFG members’ voices to be heard and honored as they give non-judgmental, but open and honest feedback to one another, resulting in accomplishing great things in short periods of time.

Worldwide, educators are experiencing how CFG work epitomizes the mindset of continuous growth and improvement, as their CFG communities create and solidify their belonging mindset, all of which translates into a productive system to improve student learning.

This downloadable guide walks you through more information about NSRF mission and purpose and defines the training and processes surrounding training.

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Note: This is NOT a printed product to be mailed. Please click “My Account” in the upper right corner of your screen, and then “downloads” to view, download, or print the document. “Your Guide to Critical Friends Group Coaches’ Training” is a 16-page, full-color explanation of what Critical Friends Group work is and what the training can do for individual participants and for your organization. It describes the differences between individuals attending “open” trainings and how to bring trainings on-site for groups of your staff, and discusses how the work benefits administrators, classroom teachers, and other staff.

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