Coaching Program for Entrepreneurship Educators

Coaching Program for Entrepreneurship Educators

Winter/Spring 2022
VIRTUAL

Entrepreneurship education is about more than sharing knowledge with students—it’s also about the ability to teach in an innovative way and model an enterprising mindset.

The Babson Academy Coaching Program for Entrepreneurship Educators provides educators with an instructional design and delivery expert to work through ideas and challenges related to developing new materials and experimenting with novel modes of teaching.

Through six intensive coaching sessions over the course of a semester, you will work with an experienced instructional coach who will provide tailored instructional suggestions, information, and resources to increase your instructional skill set and confidence.

This remote, targeted instructional coaching program is offered in collaboration with Babson College MBA alumnus and experienced educational consultant and teacher, David James MBA’18, founder of Beacon Instructional Partners. Coaching is tailored to your level of experience to help you further advance the quality and effectiveness of your entrepreneurship instruction.

Upon completion of the program, you will have:

  • An improved instructor “tool kit” of experiential, action-based strategies and activities to teach entrepreneurship
  • A clearer philosophy of entrepreneurship instruction that speaks to your personality and context
  • An improved ability to reflect on instructional choices and a higher level of satisfaction, confidence, and ability teaching entrepreneurship

Key Benefits

Work with an experienced coach to develop and refine an impactful entrepreneurial education style.

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Develop the ability to sharpen and reflect on your entrepreneurship teaching methods, resulting in a higher level of confidence in your instructional capabilities.

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Learn how to synthesize new materials and modes of teaching that will help your students gain the skills they need to be successful entrepreneurs.

I truly feel that the coaching significantly improved my effectiveness as an instructor. Students were more engaged this semester than they have ever been, and I felt confident that I was reaching all students. I highly recommend this program to other faculty members.”
– Babson College faculty member

Topics Covered

Participants have the option to engage in one of two types of coaching:

Observation-Based Coaching

Record and share lessons with your instructional coach and discuss specific ways to refine and improve your teaching practices. Sample observation-based coaching focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Neuroscience of learning
  • Implementing effective instructional practices in a virtual environment
  • Differentiating classroom instruction to meet student needs and interest
  • Asking effective, rigorous questions to drive student engagement
  • Creating an inclusive learning environment

Planning and Lesson Design Coaching

Partner with an instructional coach to conduct a deep dive on a component(s) of your curriculum (i.e., assignments, learning activities, questioning sequences, rubrics, etc.) to create aligned and engaging learning experiences for your students. Sample planning and lesson design coaching focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Effectively organizing and sequencing course objectives and goals
  • Planning and managing effective student practice
  • Preparing engaging classroom activities and learning experiences
  • Designing rigorous and aligned assessments and rubrics

At A Glance

Next Date Winter/Spring 2022
Format Virtual
Duration/Time Commitment Six coaching sessions over the course of a semester
Beth Goldstein

Beth Goldstein, EdD

Faculty Director, Adjunct Lecturer

Babson College’s Beth Goldstein has spent more than 30 years helping entrepreneurs, executives, educators, and students launch and grow their ventures and careers. She holds a doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University where she researched the role entrepreneurship educators play in helping their students develop confidence, a growth mindset, and entrepreneurial grit. She is the author of three books on entrepreneurship and marketing, including Entrepreneurial Marketing: A Blueprint for Customer Engagement; Lucky By Design; and The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit.

How and when will I have access to the course materials?

Course materials are provided via Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal. Materials will be made available to participants approximately one to seven days prior to the first live online session, depending on the amount of pre-work that participants are expected to complete in advance.

Where can I find the schedule for the days and times of the live online sessions?

The schedule will be sent to registered participants in the registration confirmation email (see the link in your confirmation email to the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document).

Do I need to join the virtual sessions live? Will they be recorded?

We highly recommend that participants join the live online sessions. It is an opportunity to ask questions, participate in rich discussion, and learn from the experience of your program peers. Session recordings will not consistently be available, and as such, it is expected that participants engage live in the virtual sessions.

What technology do you use for the live online programs?

  • Canvas, Babson’s online learning portal—course calendar, readings, pre-work, faculty bios, presentations and post-session recordings are posted here.
  • Video-conferencing Platform—we will use a virtual meeting application (like Webex or Zoom) that allows you to see and communicate with other participants simultaneously and in real time. Your instructor can share documents and interactive media, invite participants to share content, and engage with you in real-time participation. Links to sessions and more information will be provided on Canvas.

What do I need to participate? How do I prepare for the live online sessions?

  1. We recommend a computer/laptop with a webcam (built in or external camera) for optimal viewing, but you also may join from a tablet or cell phone
  2. Internet connection or cell hotspot
  3. Operating system: Windows: 7, 8.1, or 10; Apple: OS 10.9 or higher
  4. Recommended browsers for optimal experience: Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari 8 and up (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, and Safari 7 are not recommended.)
  5. Headset with microphone (recommended but optional)

What happens if I have technical issues?

Additional, detailed instructions will be provided on Canvas. Babson staff will be online and available to assist you, and will identify themselves during each live online delivery. Contact the staff via the chat function for help, or email them if needed. Contact information is available in the EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW document.

How long will I have access to the online materials?

Course materials on Canvas will be available for six months following the completion of the program.

When is payment due and what types of payment do you accept?

Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Babson accepts Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Do you offer discounts?

Discounts on Babson Academy courses are available for the following:

  • Alumni of Babson College (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Babson Collaborative members
  • Groups of three or more registering at the same time

Please email Elizabeth Daniels at for more information and for discount codes before registering. In addition, please note that discounts cannot be combined.

Do you offer online programs for large groups from the same company?

Yes, we can customize a program to your company’s specific needs from our diverse certificate and courses portfolio. Please email Elizabeth Daniels for additional information.

What will I receive upon completion of the program?

Each program participant receives a certificate of completion. We invite participants to add the program to their LinkedIn profile. Note that a certificate will not be provided if there is insufficient evidence of participation.

Do you have translation for non-English speaking participants?

We do not offer translation in our programs. Although we do not require the TOEFL, all Babson Academy programs are taught in English, so it is a prerequisite that you speak, read, and write English proficiently.

Where can I find information for in-person programs?

Explore Babson Academy’s full suite of programs.

What is your cancellation policy for live online programs?

Registration changes must be requested in writing to Babson Academy.

  • If requested 30 days or more prior to the program start date:
    • Cancellations receive a 100% refund
    • Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfers* allowed subject to a $250 administration fee, to be utilized within a one-year period
  • If requested 8-29 days prior to the program start date:
    • Cancellations receive a 50% refund
    • Substitutions* are allowed, subject to a $250 administration fee
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed
  • If requested 7 days or fewer prior to the program start date:
    • Cancellations do not receive a refund
    • Substitutions* are not allowed
    • One-Time Transfers* are not allowed

*Substitutions and transfers are subject to approval to ensure that participants and programs are suitable.

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