Lectical Assessment in practice—for coaches & consultants (LAP-1)

Lectical Assessments in Practice, part 1 is an accreditation course for coaches and consultants who wish to debrief the Lectical Leadership Decision-Making Assessment (LDMA). The LDMA is focused on four important VUCA skills and designed to support robust learning with rich feedback and resources that are tailored to fit leaders’ learning needs. Only Certified Lectical Coaches and Consultants are permitted to debrief Lectical Assessments.

ViP is now part of LAP-1

We're excited to announce that as of January 2020, ViP (VCoL in Practice) will be embedded in LAP-1. The ViP experience will ensure that LAP-1 graduates have the skills they'll need to work effectively with all elements of current Lectical Assessment reports.

LAP-1 consists of 8 two-hour bi-weekly online sessions (with homework). The spacing is intentional, allowing ample time for participants to apply and reflect between sessions.

Each module is facilitated by a team of talented and experienced consultants and educators.

I've just completed the first LAP-1. Learning to use some of the Lectical Assessments better, as both a learner and a coach, was very satisfying. It's also helped me develop a level of professionalism and effectiveness in my own work as an educator that I just haven't achieved before.

—LAP participant

In LAP-1 (Lectical Assessment in Practice) you'll learn how to...

  • optimize learning and development with Lectica's 4-phase learning model—the virtuous cycle of learning and its 7 essential skills (VCoL+7);
  • learn how to use VCoL+7 to learn effectively and efficiently from everyday experience;
  • help clients or students create customized learning plans based on assessment feedback and VCoL+7;
  • effectively debrief one of Lectica's most popular adult assessments—the Lectical Decision Making Assessment (LDMA); and
  • communicate with decision-makers about the benefits of Lectical Assessments and Lectica's approach to workplace learning.





LAP-1 syllabus

Modules 1 & 2: VCol+7

In these modules, we undertake a deep exploration of Lectica's learning model—VCoL+7™. VCoL™ stands for the Virtuous Cycle of Learning, which includes four phases: (1) goal-setting, (2) seeking out new information, (3) applying new information; and (4) reflecting on outcomes.

The +7 refers to the seven essential skills that keep the cycle working optimally. We'll unpack these skills and explore how to help clients develop them while fostering the dispositions and practices required to support lifelong learning.

Participants will also begin learning how to create micro-VCoLs for their own learning (part of the ViP component of the course).

The module 1 lecture is available, free of charge, on YouTube.

Module 3: The Lectical Scale

In this module, we explore the Lectical™ Scale—the developmental ruler that provides the backbone for all Lectical Assessments. We will provide a high-level overview of all Lectical Levels, then take a deep dive into the zones of adult development. We'll attempt to be lightly theoretical and deeply practical, in the interest of helping you to build skills for tailoring learning interventions to meet the needs of clients performing at different Lectical Levels. 

Module 4: Debriefing the LDMA, part 1

During this module, you'll have an opportunity to begin building skills for debriefing the LDMA (Lectical Leadership Decision Making Assessment). We will take a close look at the LDMA reports, and you will have an opportunity to hear a debrief and examine its strengths and weaknesses.

Module 5: Debriefing the LDMA, part 2

During this module (and in modules 5 and 6) you will continue building skills for debriefing the LDMA by preparing for and conducting debriefs of different sections of LDMA reports. In this module, each participant will alternately take on the role of client, debriefer, and critical observer as we systematically (and microscopically) work through the first section of Gene Kelley's debrief.

Module 6: Debriefing the LDMA, part 3

During Module 5, you will continue building skills for debriefing the LDMA. You will work with Gene Kelly to prepare for, and then conduct, the second part of his LDMA debrief, which is focused on strengths, recommendations, and responses. In class, you will work in small groups to debrief these sections, then reflect upon your experience.

Module 7: Debriefing the LDMA, part 4

During Module 6, you will continue building skills for debriefing the LDMA by preparing for, and then conducting, the third part of Gene Kelly's debrief, focusing on quality and goals.


Module 8: Marketing

In this module, we explore approaches to introducing Lectical Assessments and VCoL to individuals and organizations. Participants will produce short presentations describing what Lectical Assessments are, how they are used to support development, and why this is important.

Final project

The purpose of the final assignment is to evaluate participants' growing competence in working with Lectical Assessments in a one-on-one context. This will involve (1) preparing for, (2) conducting, and then (3) reflecting on the outcome of their own LDMA debrief.

To certify as an Associate Lectical Coach

Participants must demonstrate:

  1. full participation in LAP-1 through satisfactory attendance of at least seven out of eight live modules;
  2. completion of 100% of exercises set both during and outside of live modules (i.e. including homework);
  3. satisfactory completion of one LDMA debrief (recorded for review); and 
  4. taking your own Lectical Assessment and receiving a debrief from one of our Master Consultants (not included in course fees, as explained below).

Only Certified Lectical Coaches and Consultants are permitted to debrief Lectical Assessments.

LAP-1 fees

Course fee

$2,789 US (A $199 early-bird registration discount will be available until December 21st, 2020. Registration closes on January 13th, 2020.

Additional fees

To be accredited, participants will need to personally complete a Lectical Assessment and a debrief by a Lectica Master Consultant. If you have not taken a Lectical Assessment, there will be an additional fee of $625 to cover this requirement. If you have completed an assessment but not a debrief, a fee of $325 will cover the debrief. If you have already completed both, you're all set.

Refund and transfer policies

Prior to the registration deadline, we will refund 85% of your payment on request.

After the registration deadline, no refunds are available, but you will be given 2 years to complete your course by transferring to a later offering. When you transfer, you will be required to pay a processing fee equal to 15% of the course fee being charged at that time (excluding "additional fees," above).


Our next regularly scheduled LAP-1 starts January 27th, 2020, with eight biweekly sessions on Mondays (5-7 pm US Eastern) or Wednesdays (11 am–1 pm US Eastern):

  • January 27th or 29th
  • February 10th or 12th
  • February 24th or 26th
  • March 9th or 11th
  • March 23rd or 25th
  • April 6th or 8th
  • April 20th or 22nd
  • May 4th or 6th

Apply for LAP-1

You may apply for a spot in LAP-1 by filling in the form below. The early-bird registration discount for the next session ends December 21st, 2019, and registration closes on January 13th, 2020.

If you join our mailing list we'll let you know about future LAP-1 courses as that information becomes available.


Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Kurt Fischer, Ph.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Emeritus

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus