2017 Coaching in Education Reflections and Highlights
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Dear {tag_recipientfirstname}

As the school year moves rapidly towards a conclusion it can be helpful to take some time to reflect on all the things that have been achieved in the preceding 12 months. Some intentional time given to looking back allows us to savour the good, learn from the not so good and to refocus for the coming year.

At GCI we are thankful for another year of learning, growing and difference-making work. We are grateful to have been able to work alongside terrific school leaders making a positive impact in a wide range of school contexts.

This year has seen some important landmarks…

  • Some 8,000 school leaders across Australia - and in Scotland, England, New Zealand, Macau, Spain, Qatar - participated in GCI coaching workshops in 2017
  • A sold out 5th National Coaching in Education Conference in Melbourne with Prof Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Dr Simon Breakspear, Dr Rachel Lofthouse, Prof Lea Waters
  • Spanish language, live workshops conducted in Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza
  • Arabic language workshops conducted in Doha, Qatar
  • An invitation to conduct a significant piece of coaching research with school leaders in one of Australia’s state government school systems
  • Initial GCI Foundation supported project in Tanzania in partnership with the LBW Trust
  • The 2nd Coaching in Education Research Seminar co-hosted with University of Melbourne
  • Publication of the Leader’s Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Effective Conditions for Learning by John Campbell and Prof Christian van Nieuwerburgh (Corwin Press)

In the light of all this you might find it helpful to take a minute or two sometime before the end of the year to reflect, celebrate and learn from your own 2017 experiences…

  • What are your highlights across 2017?
  • What lessons can you learn from these successful experiences (as well as the not so successful)?
  • How might these shape your focus in 2018?
  • What will be the first step you might take towards making 2018 your best year yet?

We wish you all good things for the final few weeks of the school year, for a wonderful Christmas season and for a refreshing holiday break.

Best wishes,
John Campbell
Executive Director


We’re Relocating our Victoria Office!

After four years working in partnership with the Centre for Strategic Education (CSE) at Mercer House in East Melbourne, we have grown to a point where we have decided to relocate. We are very grateful for the support and hospitality of CSE over these years.

Our new address from January 2018 will be:
Suite 1602
530 Little Collins Street (Exchange Tower)
Victoria 3000

Our office phone number will remain unchanged: 1800 290 652

The new venue for our Victorian public programs in 2018 will be Karstens Conference Centre at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne which offers excellent facilities in a convenient city centre location and is a short distance from our new office.


Coaching in Education Annual Industry Survey 2017


Thanks to those who have already kindly filled out the Annual Coaching in Education Survey for 2017. The survey will close on the 15 December and we’d be grateful if those who have not yet had a chance to fill it out could do so by then.

This is a short, 3-minute, anonymous survey and you will not be asked to include your name or your institution’s name.

We encourage all school staff - whether you have participated in a coaching program or not - to complete this short survey. The greater the response, the more helpful it will be!

Upon completion of the survey, you will be directed to a webpage where you will be able to download a copy of the 2016 Survey Report.

Once this survey is analysed, we will share the 2017 Survey Report, via this newsletter. Our hope is that this report will become an important planning, comparison and evaluation tool for all.

Thank you to all participants for making this activity both possible and insightful.

Yours in appreciation,
Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Director of Research
Growth Coaching International


Case Study Podcast: Churchlands Senior High School WA

Kate Grayson feels fortunate to have been coached by some wonderfully supportive people very early in her school career. Going through that process inspired her to become a champion of coaching in her role as Deputy Principal at Churchlands Senior High School in WA.

In this interview, you will hear how Kate uses a coaching approach to inspire the development of others so that they can confidently meet the demands of their rapidly growing school community. (16 minutes)

To explore other podcast and case studies browse the resources section of our website.

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