Training & Support Plans
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Training & Support Plans

Where do we start?

Kagan strongly recommends that all schools and/or districts start with the basic cooperative learning training. This training provides the foundation for all other training. Participants learn a range of structures, the four basic principles of cooperative learning, and the seven keys to successful implementation. The basic training can be tailored for primary and secondary teachers and can be provided in a week-long program or spread throughout the year(s). Phase 1 can be implemented in one year or over a period of years.

Who should attend training?

Kagan works individually with each school or district to design trainings. Ultimately, the goal should be to train all teachers and school leaders. However, possibilities for beginning the process include:
  •   School Principals, Leaders and Executive
  •   School Teams (Leadership Teams with 3–10 teachers)
  •   Departments or Faculties
  •   Whole School Staff

How do we support participants after the training?

Kagan recognises that training is only the first step to successful implementation of cooperative learning. A strategy as powerful as cooperative learning requires support and follow-up to ensure success. Therefore, Kagan advocates the implementation of Kagan Coaching.

What trainings should be attended by principals, school leaders and executive?

Kagan provides various trainings targeted toward principals and school leadership teams. However, it is recommended that principals (school and/or district) attend basic cooperative learning with their staff. Possibilities include:
  • Basic Cooperative Learning (5 days).
  • Cooperative Meetings (2 days)
  • Kagan Coaching (1–day)

Phase 1: Training & Support

Description: In order to support full implementation and systemic change in a school or district, three essential components have been embedded into the attached Phase 1 scenarios. Those components are:

1. Training for Teachers: All teachers in a building and/or district are trained in 5 days of Cooperative Learning.

2. Training for Administrators: All administrators are trained in 5 days of Cooperative Learning. This training can be done prior to teacher training or at the same time teachers are trained. All administrators are trained in Cooperative Meetings (2-days). It is recommended that this training occur after the five days of Cooperative Learning are completed.

3. Coaching: All teachers who have been trained are coached quarterly. Please see Kagan Coaching for a brief description of coaching. Administrators shadow Kagan coaches.

Long Term Planning: Anytime during Phase 1, Kagan recommends developing a long-term plan to support classroom implementation and systemic change.

Recommended Support Materials

SmartCards ($5 each)
Cooperative Learning TKC
Cooperative Learning Structures TSC
Communication Boosters TCO
Cooperative Learning Management TMC

Computer Software Applications
Selector Tools EST
Timer Tools ETT
Team Tools ETM
*Contact Kagan Australia for site license information

Poster Sets PKS + PKS (2–5)
TeamMats MTM

Teambuiding BKT
Silly Sports and Goofy Games

Books—Content Specific
Kagan Australia has many resources for content specific areas. Check out the Kagan Australia website or catalogue for more information.

Phase 2: Building Capacity

Description: In order to sustain change over time, schools and districts must build internal capacity. The following components are the next steps in building support and implementation.

These steps are NOT sequential but must be addressed and implemented based on school needs.

Kagan Australia will work directly with schools and districts to establish priorities and develop a long-term plan.



School Improvement Plan It is recommended that cooperative learning be an identified strategy on the school's improvement plan. A mission and vision should reflect the need for student engagement and social skills development.
Principals Training Principals attend "Creating the Cooperative School" to learn how to build an infrastructure to support the implementation of Cooperative Learning.
Coaching Once teachers have been coached by Kagan Trainers, it is important for schools to begin selecting internal coaches. The recommended sequence is: 1) Use structures for a year; 2) attend Kagan Coaching workshop; 3) shadow Kagan coaches for a year before taking over.
Structure-A-Month Clubs Lead teachers can be trained on how to conduct Structure-A-Month clubs where teachers review structures, share ideas, troubleshoot and plan for more extensive implementation.
Team Planning Year level or content area teams meet monthly to discuss implementation and provide support.
Curriculum Link Content area specialists or instructional coaches assist teachers in integrating structures into the curriculum. This can be done with new materials, curriculum guides and curriculum maps. Specialists and instructional coaches should be VERY familiar with the structures and functions.
School Trainers Strong teacher leaders are identified to apply for school trainer certification. Trainers apply through the application process on the Kagan website. These trainers are then certified to train new staff in the week-long cooperative learning course. See requirements for certification on the Kagan website under Workshops.
New Staff A plan is devised to ensure that new staff members receive the training so implementation continues. This would include attending the 5-day training as well as coaching and support from fellow staff members.
Kagan Lesson Planning A Kagan Certified National Trainer works with teachers and instructional specialists to integrate structures into lessons. It is recommended this be done in small groups with like content or grade levels.

Phase 3: Extension

Phase 3 is flexible. Staff continues to broaden use and knowledge of structures. Many schools and districts could potentially be in all three phases at once depending on how many schools and teachers have been trained. Below are two additional components to support implementation. However, schools may identify other areas of needs in the long-term planning process.



Follow-Up Training It is important to continue to build teachers' understanding and knowledge of Kagan Structures. Kagan provides additional training in content areas such as literacy, mathematics, social studies and science. In addition, courses are designed on thinking skills, multiple intelligences, brain friendly instruction and discipline. Go to for a list of course offerings in Training Schedule.
Resources A variety of resources are available to support implementation of Kagan Cooperative Learning. Content area books as well as technology such as TimerTools, SelectorTools, TeamTools, etc., are available in the products section on the Kagan Australia website.

Sample 3-Year Improvement Plan

Components of the 3-Year School Improvement Plan includes:

  •   Training
  •   Support
  •   Follow-Up and Accountability
  •   Results
  •   Building Capacity

Find out about hosting a Kagan training for your school or district. Our fees and costs are outlined and read about the Kagan Philosophy. If you still have questions, then find an answer in our Frequently Asked Questions section. Detailed plans for implementing the training are provided to assist principals and school leaders