What People Say


"Evocative Coaching will make a vital contribution to educational reform. I look forward to sharing it with people I know."

Kristi Arndt, Ph.D., IAC-CC, International Association of Coaching Member, Board of Governors

"Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. I feel deeply moved by the warmth and love that transpires through your writing. Your approach and view on how to work with people feels like ‘coming home.’ Thank you for inviting me to part of this journey."

Bettina Staudt, Teacher & World Language Department Lead
Berkeley Middle School

"I’ve been in education for 30 years and doing consulting, coaching, and professional development work for many of them. I haven’t seen anything as effective as your process and am totally excited by the potential I see."

Donni Davis-Perry, Instructional Consultation Team Specialist
T/TAC at the College of William & Mary

"Even though I have been coaching teachers for 20 years, I’ve learned so much from the Evocative Coaching Training Program. The depth of this practice really resonates with me. I have found the Evocative Coaching model to be a fusion of so many aspects of good practice and human relations. I am convinced that this could positively transform schools, changing what we have come to believe about education."

Kathleen Pietrasanta, Staff Development Coordinator
Newport News Public Schools

"Evocative Coaching is the best book about how to assist individuals through coaching that I have ever read. A realistic and easy to use process that everyone can learn and use."

Cynthia Lemmerman, Ed.D., Ohio Department of Education
Associate Superintendent for School Improvement

"Evocative Coaching is a generous gift for all of us who work to support teachers to do the vitally important job of teaching, in the most skillful and enriching way possible. As well as providing a thorough and well-documented compendium of coaching practices, Evocative Coaching presents a unique blend of two proven practices—Nonviolent Communication and Appreciative Inquiry—along with some new moves that demonstrate clearly how to engage teachers in a positive, effective, no-fault approach to continual growth and improvement."

Sura Hart, certified trainer with
the International Center for Nonviolent Communication
co-author of The No-Fault ClassroomThe Compassionate Classroom, and Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids

"Evocative Coaching is a lovely and ambitious volume that offers a far-reaching synthesis of leading edge thinking when it comes to coaching in schools. Teachers, school counselors, and administrators will find both inspiration and practical tools for creating bold new conversations of discovery and learning. Read this!"

Doug Silsbee www.dougsilsbee.com
author of The Mindful Coach and Presence-Based Coaching

"Evocative Coaching makes a gift to our schools and the administrators, faculty, and staff. The authors’ diverse experiences and gifts combine to present a clear and coherent model and process for transforming schools. Their model will serve in many other relationships and situations as well. It really is about transformation ‘one conversation at a time."

Ralph Kelly & Jane Magruder Watkins, authors of
Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination www.AppreciativeInquiryUnlimited.com

"Do you care deeply about empowering teachers, schools, and students to enjoy and benefit from the light of learning? Evocative Coaching provides a wise, practical, and content-rich guide for those of us who believe in the necessity—and the dream—of a future enlivened by successful education. I encourage you to get it, use it, and share it with others; it will make a huge difference!"

Marilee Adams, Ph.D., www.inquiryinstitute.com 
author, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life Adjunct professor, American University, School of Public Affairs

"I have long subscribed to the belief that there is no such thing as teaching, only learning. Evocative Coaching turns that belief into a way of working with teachers that inspires their cooperation and engagement in the process of performance improvement. Evocative Coaching is horse sense for teachers, to paraphrase my recent book title, and it promises to make a real difference in the schools and school leaders who put its principles into practice."

Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens to Horses www.MontyRoberts.com


"After the training we used the evocative coaching process with the SIOP coaches serving one of our elementary schools. We had the energy check-in, discussed their stories, and heard some excellent "Golden Sighs." Even completed the experimental planning form and checked on their confidence level with the Confidence Ruler. Before this they had been afraid and a little resistant. When we followed the process, they were excited, felt validated that they were doing a lot of the SIOP, and had ideas of what they could do when they started coaching teachers. Thanks, for the PD. This works."

- Training Participant
"Although I have had a lot of instruction and practice in listening techniques, I believe Evocative Coaching has clarified the importance of listening and the value of being totally present; not solving problems but building on the positive."

- Training Participant
"Everything that I have learned is influencing and impacting my work with students as a teacher, as a PLC facilitator with my colleagues, and with the building and district leadership as I drop "pebbles" of the Evocative Coaching model along the pathway to our school and district's transformation."

- Training Participant
"Each week in the Evocative Coaching Training Program I learn more and more that will impact my job. I am becoming more comfortable in using the strategies and have become much more reflective in my discussions with teachers."

- Training Participant
"Through this training program I have become a better listener; I give less advice and instead practice giving empathy. I think about how the skills I am learning can impact my students and my work environment. It has helped me detach in a good way from stressors in my environment."

- Training Participant
"The consistent focus on positive feedback really supports the self-efficacy of my staff. Being reminded of the Möbius strip with story, empathy, inquiry and design thinking has really effected how I communicate / coach my staff."

- Training Participant
"Wow! I used the evocative coaching style and methods and I was really having lots more fun than before. The sample questions were giving me so many ideas and the energy level was raised for both coachee and coach. And the wonderful part came when they actually wanted more sessions with me. Thanks! I believe there is great progress in my field of work."

- Training Participant
"I joined this course because I wanted to transform schools; I have found instead that I have been transformed."

- Training Participant
"Through this course, I have started to really feel myself on the cusp of something quite tremendous as a professional and also as a person."

- Training Participant
"Imaginative listening is a game changer in that it allows teachers to tell their stories with full engagement. The more teachers understand their stories as stories, rather than as settled facts over which they have no control, the more teachers are cultivating a willingness to change and become lifelong learners."

- Training Participant