The ICP provides training to members of your  school’s faculty to become resident Hidden Sparks coaches and resources for the school as they are trained and mentored in understanding and teaching to diverse learning styles and behaviors. We will support them as  they provide classroom centered coaching and strategies for children. Please watch the videos below to find out more.

Program Details

Training and support are at the core of this program. During the “Internal Coach-in-training” period, we will provide your select faculty member(s) with:

This School year: 

The ICP Course: 6 days of formal training (4-day Learning Lenses course & 2-day Internal Coach training) + one half day of program shadowing in.

Next School Year:

Mentoring: 7 one-on-one, half-day mentoring sessions, to take place at your school during the 2020-21 school year.

3 Regional Group Meetings: Facilitated, small group practicums which focus on the key coaching skills of observation, debriefing, and workshop facilitation, held during the 2020-21 school year in fall, winter, and spring.

Participation in an annual Coach Retreat (winter 2021).

All dates are found in the timeline to the right.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY: Participating schools with 2 or more Internal Coaches (current members of faculty trained in the past, or faculty being trained this year) are eligible to apply to send faculty members to the Learning Lenses course, even if they do not continue for full ICP training. Space is limited.


Thanks to generous grants from our funders, we are able to offer the following subsidized rates:

  • Early Bird Rates (application received by 12/13): $450 for the first participant, $400 for the second participant and $350 for a third participant.  
  • After 12/13,  the fees increase to $525 per participant.
  • Special pricing for groups of four or more, please call the office for details.
  • NOTE: For ECP schools, the cost  is included in the 2019-20 ECP school fee, presuming applications are received by December 6th.

If you are an administrator or school faculty member and are interested in hearing more about the ICP program,  or need help completing the application, please  contact Sara Diament, Director of School Services at or (212) 767-7707.


Please note, we are currently accepting applications from schools in the NY/NJ Metro area. Schools in other areas are advised to contact the office regarding our other programs and bringing this one to your city.


Weds Nov 6
Application process opens

Fri Dec 13
Early Application Deadline

Fri Jan 10
Final Application Deadline

Course Dates:
February 3, 4, 10 & 11
Learning Lenses Course

Shadowing: Coach-in-training spends half a day shadowing an experienced Hidden Sparks Coach at another school

May 18 & 19
ICP Coaching Skills Institute

Course Days take place from 9:00-4:30 in a mid-town Manhattan location.

Fall 2020
Coaching Begins:
ICP Coaches-in-training devote 1-2 hours a week to conduct student observations, debrief with the corresponding teacher, and meet monthly with all teachers with whom the coach works as a group.

Mentoring Begins:
A Hidden Sparks mentor visits the coach-in-training for a half day every month (7 months, total)

Fall 2020/ Winter 2021/ Spring 2021
Regional Meetings and Retreat

Coaches-in-training attend:
(3) 2-hour Regional Group Meetings where they have the opportunity to practice their coaching skills in real classrooms. The full-day Hidden Sparks Coach Retreat (typically held in January).