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Faculty as Coach: Setting Students up for Success is a Course

Faculty as Coach: Setting Students up for Success

Ended Jun 9, 2021

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Full course description

Workshop Series Information

Dates: Tuesdays, May 25, June 1, and June 8

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm EST

Location: Online (Zoom) 

Please note between class sessions, participants may be asked to complete practice activities or reflections to deepen their learning and participants are expected to attend all 3 sessions.

Who Should Enroll?

This workshop series is ideally suited for higher education professionals those who are charged with providing some level of guidance for undergraduate or graduate students. This may include research supervisors, academic advisors, faculty members with teaching assistants. 


Perhaps now more than ever, the well-being of students has taken center stage in unprecedented ways.  Success in the 21st century requires students to possess more than disciplinary knowledge;  they must possess competencies such as  critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, creativity, innovation, perseverance, self-direction, planning, adaptability, initiative in order to navigate the complex and rapidly changing future.

How can higher educators assist learners in achieving the 21 century skills and habits of mind needed to thrive in class and in their subsequent careers? What can we tap into to optimize the new realities of higher education?

Coaching uses an inquiry-based, action-oriented approach to guide goal setting, personal awareness, and achievement. Different from the traditional advisory or mentoring relationships, which are often more prescriptive in nature, coaching creates a student-centered partnership between the educator or advisor (coach) and student (coachee). Existing studies on coaching in higher education suggest that the approach can support students with developing skills needed for future career success.

This three session professional development workshop series is designed to help higher educators in mentorship, student supervisory or advising roles to thoughtfully apply coaching approaches to their practice. 

Participants will learn to differentiate between coaching, advising, and mentoring within 21st century contexts, design a productive coaching relationship to promote student ownership and adopt a coaching model to support student success.

Program Benefits:

After participating in this session, educators will:

  • Differentiate between coaching, advising and mentoring 
  • Identify the needs of coaching stance in a 21st century context 
  • Adopt a coaching model that supports students in meeting their desired outcomes 
  • Thoughtfully design a coaching relationship with students
  • Hone active listening skills 
  • Develop powerful questions for inviting shifts in thinking

Certification of Completion:

Please note that all participants from outside Boston College will not receive academic credit nor a transcript documenting their participation in this workshop series. However, all participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and Professional Development points to apply to their professional development plans. 

Fees & Policies:

Tuition includes all instructional materials. Participants receive a certificate of participation. 

Registration closes May 25th at 5:00pm. Refunds will only be granted up until the start of the first workshop at 5:00pm on May 25th. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website

Workshop Presenter

Keisha Valdez
Keisha Valdez, EdD

Dr. Keisha Valdez has been a professional educator for over 22 years. She has been a teacher, coach, and mentor for new professionals, teachers, school leaders, and university faculty. As a former urban, public elementary school teacher she has remained tied to teacher education over the years. She has advised struggling schools/districts on strategies for improving student outcomes, school reform, school-based management and raising the quality of teaching, learning and parent support.

Dr. Valdez designs and teaches professional development workshops and credit-bearing courses related to Designing Learning Environments, Intercultural Competence, and Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Dr. Valdez has expertise in the design and facilitation of highly interactive, action-oriented seminars, workshops, and courses. Her work has provided her opportunities to facilitate workshops and education research presentations in the USA, Trinidad, Samoa, South Africa, UK, and the British Virgin Islands.