Day 1 August 29

9:00am - 9:10am
Welcome to Country
Welcome to Conference
9:10am - 9:25am
Cathy Brennan
Executive Director School Performance, NSW Department of Education
9:25am - 10:20am
Keynote: The 'Third Generation' of Workplace Coaching: Creating a Culture of Quality Conversations
Prof. Anthony Grant
Director Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney

This presentation describes 'the third - generation' approach to workplace coaching that is increasingly apparent in private sector and government organisations. A brief overview of first and second generation approaches to coaching will be presented to provided some context to the current trends.
This third-generation approach explicitly focuses on enhancing both the performance and the well-being of individuals and organisations in ways that are sustainable and personally meaningful. It is an approach to coaching in organisations that aims to create the culture of quality conversations needed for the challenges faced by contemporary organisations, including schools.
10:20am - 10:50am
Morning break
10:50am – 12:00pm
Concurrent session 1
Stories from the field

A ‘subtle’ way of creating a coaching culture in the community
Suzy Taplin and Amanda Stewart
English Faculty and Coaching Project leaders, Ulladulla High School, New South Wales

This case study will share the ‘organic’ way a coaching culture was created in our school, while working within the school plan and milestones. We will focus on how we took a small insular one on one program to a whole school program over the past four years, that benefits everyone in the school community. Specifically, we will focus on gaining ‘buy in’ from all staff and the creation of the students coaching students’ program. There will be an opportunity to discuss the problems we faced and the key strategies that we are adopting for shifting the school culture. There will be examples of how we are working with teams/faculties/staff and students to encourage a program to suit the needs of the whole school body. These could be of relevance to your context. Learn how you can shift to a culture of conversations across your school, while encouraging a growth mindset and solutions focused approach. All it could take is one conversation.
20 Coaches and Growing – Coaching and Mentoring through Clarity, Consistency and Celebration!
Katie Bailey
Head of Curriculum and Coaching & Mentoring Coordinator, Indooroopilly State High School Brisbane, Queensland

Coaching and mentoring at Indooroopilly State High School (ISHS) was driven by the school’s Improvement agenda, with a focus on development in areas of Pedagogy and Capability Development. The school aimed to ensure a consistent, research-based approach when conducting classroom observations and facilitating conversations around the school’s pedagogical principles and The Art and Science of Teaching framework (Marzano, 2007). This session will outline how, since 2013, coaching has been integrated into leadership approaches as well as within a comprehensive peer based coaching and mentoring program
Instructional Coaching: An Introduction
Chris Munro
Director GCI

This workshop will explore the key features of Instructional Coaching alongside other forms of coaching and support.

Solution-Focused Strategy Canvas
Jason Pascoe
Director GCI

The Strategy Canvas process brings a Solution Focused, team approach to team strategy development and goal setting.
Advanced Coaching Practice
Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Executive Director GCI

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the concept of “advanced practice” by discussing some of the tensions that emerge during coaching conversations. Based on the recently published book, Advanced Coaching Practice, this session for experienced coaches will address the question: “How can I enhance my coaching practice to be of even better service to my clients?”
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch and
Coaching drop-in sessions
1:00pm - 2:10pm
Concurrent session 2
Stories from the field

Implementing school-wide teacher coaching programmes: A journey from theory into practice
Dr Paul Bennett
Head of School, Howick College, Auckland, New Zealand

This case study will share the journey that Howick College Auckland has taken from theory into practice and reflect on the challenges of designing and implementing school-wide teacher coaching programmes.
The Palomino Effect: A Distinctively Different Approach to Building Coaching Culture
Elle Smith
Senior Learning Coach, St Andrews Cathedral School

Learn how to develop your own distinctive coaching culture through the use of goal attainment scales. St Andrew’s Cathedral School has developed an agile approach to growth coaching which is aligned to school goals and responsive to teacher and student identified needs. The use of goal attainment scales empowers our staff and students to contribute to a collaborative culture of growth in learning and wellbeing.
Leaders Coaching Leaders: Leaders putting coaching skills to use
Di Henning
Senior Consultant, Coach Development and Support GCI

This workshop will provide an interactive introduction to a new GCI Program, Leaders Coaching Leaders. It will give you the opportunity to engage in a reciprocal coaching partnership to explore performance and seek feedback.
Focussing on Teaching: Using Video for High Impact Instruction
Dr Jim Knight
Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group

As video has become more affordable and portable, school districts across North America are exploring ways to use the technology for improving teaching effectiveness. They are discovering how powerful video can be for self-reflection, coaching and teamwork. However, if video is not implemented effectively, its impact will be significantly decreased.
During this presentation, participants will learn strategies from the book Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction. Participants will learn what should be done when implementing video in their region or school to increase teaching effectiveness – including suggestions for teachers coaching each other and instructional coaches coaching teachers. We will explore what to do and what to avoid to ensure that video is implemented in a way that makes a real, positive difference in teaching and ultimately for students.
Coaching and Parents: New insights and changing the game plan
Linda McNeil
Director McNeil Consulting

The focus on parents and community engagement is crucial in education. This workshop will explore some research and practical examples of how to include parents in creating a coaching culture.
Students Coaching Students
Dr Nicky Knight
Managing Director, Growth Coaching NZ
Claudia Owad
Director GCI

This workshop will highlight the importance of empowering and engaging students to support each other through the skills and application of peer coaching. Particular examples of this program are being implemented across both Australia and New Zealand.
2:20pm - 3:30pm
Concurrent session 3
Stories from the field

Coaching at a System Level
Karen Endicott
Director, Educational Leadership, St Andrews Network

Lyndhurst Learning Culture: Embedding Inquiry with a Coaching Approach
Greg Lacey
Principal, Lyndhurst Primary School, Victoria
Nicky Walker
Assistant Principal, Lyndhurst Primary School, Victoria
Creating Conditions for Coaching to Flourish
Judy Cooper
Principal, Nexus International School, Singapore
Fiona Lewis
Deputy Head of School, Teaching and Learning, Nexus International School, Singapore

A look at how to influence broader school environment in support of coaching.
Mentoring for New Teachers
Professor Rachel Lofthouse
Professor of Teacher Education, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University

In this workshop Rachel Lofthouse will present a series of ‘postcards’ each one offering a narrative of early career mentoring. Through these narratives we will explore the potential and the pitfalls of mentoring for new teachers as well as gain an opportunity to develop insights to shape our own practices.
Integrating Positive Psychology and Coaching
Claudia Owad
Director GCI

This workshop explores both the theoretical and practical underpinnings of Positive Psychology and Coaching and how the integration of the two complimentary disciplines can create a sustainable platform for engagement and wellbeing.
The First 100 Days of Leadership: A Coaching Approach to Developing New School Leaders
Ben Calleja
Director GCI WA, SA and NT

This session explores the importance of coaching and development programs for beginning principals and the difference coaching can bring to this transition.
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Afternoon break and
Coaching drop-in sessions
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Keynote: The Seven Most Important Questions to Ask About Coaching
Dr Jim Knight
Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group and Research Associate, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning

For the past two decades, Jim Knight and his colleagues at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and at the Instructional Coaching Group have been studying effective instructional coaching. In this session, Jim will provide an overview of the lessons learned from that extensive research organized around seven questions that everyone should ask if they plan, support, or provide instructional coaching. The session will address topics such as how to partner with teachers, effectively address the complexity of teaching bring focus to professional development, encourage learning and growth by respecting teacher professionalism, build healthy, relationships in schools and many other concerns related to professional learning.

5.00pm - 6.00pm
Drinks and canapes
Day 2 August 30

Reflections - Setting the Scene
8:40am - 9.20am
Keynote: A Spectrum of Professional Learning, from Mentoring to Coaching
Professor Rachel Lofthouse
Professor of Teacher Education, Carnegie School of Education Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Executive Director, Growth Coaching International

In this dialogic keynote, Rachel and Christian will address the sometimes complex and ambiguous relationship between mentoring and coaching. With a focus on the use of helping professional conversations within the education sector, they will explore the current situation and propose some practical strategies for making best use of coaching and mentoring within educational settings.
9:20am - 10:00am
Keynote: Key Coaching Concepts from the Perspective of a Pracademic
Dr Deborah Netolicky
Dean of Research and Pedagogy, Wesley College, Perth, WA, Australia

10:00am - 10:30am
Morning break
10:30am - 11:40am
Concurrent session 4
Stories from the field

"What would that look like for you?"
Embedding multi-level coaching in a comprehensive high school

Greg Elliott
Principal, Caroline Chisholm College, New South Wales
Greg King
Assistant Principal, Wellbeing Caroline Chisholm College, New South Wales

Over three and a half years the college has taken a deep dive into coaching with a vision of establishing a coaching culture for everyone in the community: teachers, students and parents. In a swiftly transforming school, coaching has become the vehicle for professional learning, peer coaching for goal setting, leadership development, classroom learning and coaching skills for parents. The narrative of our coaching journey is interwoven with our 5 Transformations Agenda which has seen the school set audacious goals to fundamentally reimagine pedagogy, professional learning, pathways, partnerships and places and spaces. Coaching has unlocked human potential in teams tasked with making this audacity a reality. It has also empowered teachers in their learning relationships with students to focus on strengths, which supports our Positive Psychology model of student growth. Beginning with coaching accreditation for our senior leaders, then accreditation and training for anyone with an area of responsibility in the school, we spent years developing and refining our practice. We have not yet reached our goal of cultural infusion - ‘this is just how we do things’, but the foundation is established and our purpose is clear.

Wellington College Coaching Journey
Iain Henderson
Deputy Head-Education, Wellington College, Berkshire, UK

Iain will share the rationale, story, successes and pitfalls from Wellington’s coaching journey over the past 8 years.
Enhancing Student Wellbeing
Anne Lingafelter
Learning Solutions Consultant & Australia Education Practice Lead, Gallup

Based on the 2019 Gallup Student Poll data, this workshop will explore the results and the impact on Student Wellbeing.
A live demonstration of Advanced Coaching: The power of building on what works
Annette Gray
Consultant GCI

An experiential workshop where you will both observe and practice coaching. Watch a live coaching demonstration by Annette Gray and notice what really works and makes a difference to the client she is coaching. Annette will explore the power of microanalysis and videoing your coaching conversations. Participants will look at all the micro details in coaching interactions that often get missed. This demonstration will be dissected moment by moment exploring the choices Annette makes of what language and comments to pick up on and which ones to ignore.
A Bicultural Perspective to Coaching in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Dr Deanna Johnston, Dr Kay Hawk, Roween Higgie, Jan Hill and Dr Nicky Knight
The Education Group, New Zealand

A presentation describing the interesting and complex journey of bi-cultural approach to coaching. The presentation is about how connections between culture and language are drawn upon to form a mutual understanding in coaching partnerships within schools.
Implementing Coaching across a School
Dr Ray Swann
Deputy Headmaster, Brighton Grammar Victoria
Mark Dowley
Brighton Grammar Victoria

This session will explore the strategy, implementation and outcomes of a coaching program over six years. There will also be examples and samples of data and work.

11:40am - 12:00pm
  • Book Signings
  • Live Demonstration of Student Coaching
12:00pm - 1.00pm
1.00pm - 1.45pm
Panel Discussion
Dr Jim Knight
Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group and Research Associate, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning
Professor Rachel Lofthouse
Professor of Teacher Education, Carnegie School of Education Leeds Beckett University, UK
John Campbell
Founding Director, Growth Coaching International
1:45pm - 2:45pm
Concluding Keynote ~ Courage: To Lead, To Love, To Learn, To Leave a Legacy
Dr Jim Knight
Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group and Research Associate, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning

To create the schools and even the world that our students and all people deserve we need to find the courage to say yes to life-giving actions no to dehumanizing actions. While people recognize the importance of courage, they can act in ways that we often act in ways that make it difficult to live our lives fully and courageously. In this presentation, we explore the role of courage in leadership, learning, relationships, and ultimately as a part of the legacy we leave. Our times demand courage, and the goal of this presentation is to give participants a chance to re-perceive their actions in some of the most important parts of their lives.

2:45pm - 3:00pm
Plenary Activity
Conference Close