ORDER Leaders Guide to Coaching in Schools

Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning
by John Campbell and Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Australian Edition out now!
Grow your leadership skills to bring out the best in your school!

Hallways, parking lots, staff rooms—these are all places where you and your staff have conversations every day. What if you could use these opportunities to build your staff’s resiliency and empower them to reach their goals?

The Leader’s Guide to Coaching in Schools offers a proven, accessible, and usable framework to increase your interpersonal effectiveness and grow your ability to coach your staff to overcome obstacles and create their own solutions. Coaching experts John Campbell and Christian van Nieuwerburgh demonstrate how coaching is not just for formal coaching relationships, but how a coaching approach can be applied throughout a school day to create a culture of growth. Through sample questions, video examples, and tools, this step-by-step guide shows you how to

  • Introduce a coaching approach into a wide range of conversational contexts
  • Use the GROWTH coaching conversation framework to improve both staff and student success and well-being
  • Use coaching approaches in areas that school leaders typically find challenging: in formal performance reviews, when giving informal feedback, and when working with teams

Help your staff get “unstuck,” no matter what challenges they are facing, by using solution-focused coaching techniques that help them envision desired outcomes and the actions needed to achieve them.


John Campbell

John Campbell is Executive Director of Growth Coaching International (GCI), an organisation that provides coaching and coaching services to school leaders and teachers across Australia and New Zealand, and now the UK, the Middle East, Spain and Central and South America.

John has been a high school teacher, a curriculum development advisor, a management consultant in the corporate sector and since 2004 has been involved in leading the GCI work across Australia.

He regularly speaks at ‘coaching in education’ events and conferences across Australia and has led workshops and conference keynotes in NZ, the UK, Spain, Asia and the US. He is also the author of the chapters, ‘Coaching in Schools’ in Coaching in Professional Contexts (Sage), and co-author of ‘Beyond the conversation: Coaching as an agent for system improvement in education’ in Keeping Your Head: finding and sustaining balance, depth and resilience in school leadership (Karnac Books, in press)
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Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh is a leading academic in the field of coaching and a practising executive coach. He is Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology at University of East London and Director of International Partnerships for Growth Coaching International.

Christian is the author of An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide (Sage, 2014) and the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents (Karnac, 2012) and Coaching in Professional Contexts (Sage, 2016). He also holds the role of Editor in Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, a leading, peer-reviewed academic journal. Seen as an international authority in the field, Christian regularly speaks at conferences in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
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What Readers Say About The Leader’s Guide to Coaching in Schools

“The GROWTH coaching model should be in every administrator’s hand as their bible for school improvement. Having this guide will guarantee success and getting the best out of all stakeholders.”
—Elizabeth Alvarez, Principal, John C. Dore Elementary, Chicago, USA

ORDER Leaders Guide to Coaching in Schools