Join us March 15-17 for

CoachFest 2023

at Appalachian State University's Reich College of Education

A conference and retreat for instructional coaches and leaders in education.

CoachFest 2023 will take place on the campus of Appalachian State University, at the Reich College of Education building, 151 College Street, Boone, North Carolina 28608.

CoachFest group rates are available at La Quinta Inn and Sleep Inn Boone University. Just click on the links to book your rooms or call La Quinta at 828-262-1234 or Sleep Inn at 828-262-0020 and ask for the CoachFest block.


Instructional coaching is growing in North Carolina and around the country as a research-based professional development practice that improves instruction and leads to student success and teacher retention. The number of instructional coaches doubled in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015, and the number is still growing, according to the William and Mary Educational Review.

CoachFest is for YOU

Instructional Coaches • Curriculum Facilitators • Mentors • Lead Teachers • Assistant Principals & Principals • Teachers Interested in Coaching

What Participants Are Saying...

"I loved the flexibility and I didn’t feel pressured at all. It felt like a retreat and PD in one."

"I loved the location! The sessions were great and I feel that each speaker actually tweaked their presentation based upon the audience’s questions and needs."

"We participated in scenarios where we practiced coaching teachers who either lacked confidence with their skills, or felt overwhelmed. Being able to look at these scenarios through a coach’s lens and to bounce ideas off of other coaches was valuable to me."

"This was the best conference I have ever attended! Thank you so much!!!"

"I walked away with concrete tools I could utilize and implement immediately."

"Having longer breaks between sessions allowed me to not feel rushed so that I had some time to digest what I had just learned before diving into a new session. It really did feel like a retreat rather than a conference, and I think I learned a lot more. I did not leave either day feeling brain tired and saturated with information. I left feeling like I had tools, resources, and fresh ideas to apply to my work. It was exciting!"

Keynote Speakers

eduConsulting Firm was founded by CEO Dr. Dutchess Maye

Charlie Lyons, Founder of Drive and Director at Ed Direction

Jamal Maxsam, Founder of Edu Igniter Consulting

Carol Pelletier Radford, Founder of Mentoring In Action

Patti Talbot, Founder of Blue Roads Education Group

Gretchen Bridgers, Founder of Always A Lesson