Nicole S. Turner


Unlocking a New Path Toward Change: Empowering Instructional Coaches to Lead the Way and Create Sustainable Impact in Their School Building

About Nicole

Nicole S. Turner stands out in the world of K-12 education with her innovative approach and dedication. As the founder and CEO of Simply Instructional Coaching Inc., she has created a unique space for instructional coaches and building leaders through the Simply Coaching Summit™ and the Instructional Coaching Accelerator™ providing a wealth of resources for those passionate about improving education.

With 19 years of experience in education, Nicole has worn many hats, from classroom teacher to leadership roles include building and district-level instructional coaching and Indiana Department of Education School Improvement and Turnaround Specialist. She excels at creating supportive environments for coaching, helping principals without coaching backgrounds, and guiding coaches to enhance teacher performance and classroom success.  

Nicole has made a significant impact through her workshops, coaching sessions, and speaking engagements, reaching thousands of educators nationwide. Her commitment to education is also reflected in her active membership in several professional organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Indiana State Teacher Association, Indiana State Reading Association, and the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 

As an author, Nicole has shared her insights and experiences in two published books with Solution Tree Press: Simply Instructional Coaching: Questions Asked and Answered from the Field and Simply Instructional Coaching Planner™. She has also self-published The S.I.M.P.L.E. Blueprint for Instructional Coaching™ Workbook, offering practical advice for instructional coaches. 

Outside of her professional life, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, three biological children, and three bonus children. Their support and love fuel her passion for education.

Nicole S. Turner is dedicated to making a real difference in education, focusing on practical support and community building for educators.


Unlocking a New Path Toward Change: Empowering Instructional Coaches to Lead the Way and Create Sustainable Impact in Their School Building

“We're all here for kids.” We've heard this sentiment time and time again. But in recent years, a new wave of obstacles and challenges has widened the chasm between well-intentioned educators and the very kids they are trying to support. Instructional coaches are well-positioned to help teachers navigate these challenges and obstacles to best support their students. But before coaches can effectively support teachers, they need a clear vision for, and understanding of, the most high-yield focus areas and a concise guide for how to best embark on the coaching journey. First, Nicole will introduce her S.I.M.P.L.E. Blueprint for Instructional Coaching, a roadmap that walks through the entire coaching journey: setting a vision, introducing your role, making a plan, providing strategic support, launching coaching cycles, and engaging in professional learning. Then, Nicole will unpack her CORE 4 framework by outlining the most impactful areas on which instructional coaches can focus their coaching efforts with individual teachers. Together, these frameworks outline the WHAT and HOW of coaching so that teachers can best support students.

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