Introduction – Welcome from Christian and Kris

Purpose of this new-look newsletter

Welcome to GCI Insights, our new look global newsletter, now reaching educators in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, and many other countries.

We’re well aware that educators are busy, so we have curated some ‘coaching in education’ related pieces to bring them to you in a readily accessible way. We’ve chosen a more compact format with a few headings as organisers, so you can glance over them and find what is relevant and interesting to you.

Our intent is not that you read through it all (although don’t let that stand in your way if you’re so inclined!), more that you select and customise from what’s there.

GCI Insights Introduction - Our Editor GCI Insights Introduction - Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

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Coaching in Education Annual Survey Report

Over 2000 respondents completed our 2018 Coaching in Education Survey—a record! While most were from Australia, over 10% were from New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Well over 80% of respondents said their professional practice had improved as a result of being coached, which is consistent with previous surveys. You can find more detail along with comparison data to previous reports, below.

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Recent Publications of Interest

We like to think of ourselves as lifelong learners, but are there actually opportunities for learning that we overlook or shy away from? Jim Knight from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning believes we sometimes resist learning, either consciously or unconsciously. Read more about this predicament and how to escape from what he calls the Zero Learning Zone here.

Meanwhile, our own John Campbell and Christian van Nieuwerburgh have collaborated with Jim Knight to write a chapter for the forthcoming book Professional Coaching: Principles and Practice (Springer, 2019). Their chapter, “Coaching in Education” discusses various aspects of coaching, including the distinction between facilitative and dialogic approaches. Sharpen up your familiarity with these and other coaching approaches here.


Behind the Scenes – What We’re Thinking About

Thinking Together
Plenty of thinking, both aloud and silent, goes on behind the scenes in our offices. We’d like to share some of that with you.

You can get to eavesdrop on a collegial conversation about the value of having an observer in the classroom, in relation to coaching.

Or maybe you would like to get a heads-up on the thinking that is driving the learning processes in one of our new programs, Leaders Coaching Leaders with Senior Consultant Di Henning and Director Vic/Tas Chris Munro in conversation.

A different take on thinking is consultant Jan Alen’s comments on a book that stimulated her thinking about coaching – Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Sophie Paterson, another GCI Senior Consultant, brings us a very positive summary of Jim Knight’s book, The Impact Cycle. Read The Impact Cycle review here.


Recent Research...

Professor Rachel Lofthouse from Leeds Beckett University conducts very useful research into the process of coaching in education. In her latest article “Coaching in education: a professional development process information” (Professional Development in Education 2019, Vol 45, No. 1, 33-45) she reports on a study of six experienced coaches and their practice, demonstrating the significance of relationships and dialogue in coaching.

Professor Rachel Lofthouse

This article helps us understand more about the nature of the conversational space that best supports a coaching partnership.

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6th National Coaching in Education Conference

The 6th National Coaching in Education Conference is scheduled for Thursday 29th & Friday 30th August 2019. We will be back in Sydney for the first time since 2009. Our conference theme is New Insights in Coaching Practice: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning.  

Confirmed keynote speakers include:  

  • Prof Tony Grant, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jim Knight, Instructional Coaching Group, USA
  • Prof Rachel Lofthouse, Leeds Beckett University, UK
  • Dr Deborah Netolicky, Wesley College, Perth, WA

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