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Welcome to the final Coaching in Education News! This month we are pleased to announce an important development at GCI…

I am stepping down from the Executive Director role at GCI. It has been a wonderful ride across these last 14 years, but it is now time to provide an opportunity for new perspectives and new voices.

I am really happy to announce that Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh will be taking on the role of Executive Director from this month. Christian has been involved with GCI in various capacities since 2012 - he knows us well, is deeply committed to coaching in education and he brings a wealth of academic and practitioner experience to this role. This edition of Coaching in Education News fittingly features some of Christian’s work. (You can read more about Christian’s background here.)

This will also be the last edition of the Coaching in Education News. This free monthly newsletter has been emailed to subscribers, now numbering over 10,000 around the world, since 2004 and we think it’s time for a refresh. In an effort to reduce overloaded inboxes from 2019 we plan to publish a more substantial and less frequent coaching resource bulletin. We will be aiming to produce 4-6 editions each year with ‘meatier’ articles, reviews and interviews with a broader international focus but still highlighting coaching in education-related topics. Look for the first edition in early 2019.

We hope you enjoy this final edition of Coaching in Education News.

Thank you for your support these past 12 months. We wish you all the best for the holiday season and for a wonderful 2019.

All good wishes,
John Campbell
Founding Director


Feature Article: Way of Being

- by Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

This month's feature article, Way of Being, is an extract from Christian’s latest book, An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition) published by Sage. It is used with permission of the publisher. It highlights the importance of the Coaching Way of Being, perhaps the most important factor contributing to effective coaching. Read more


NEW PROGRAM – The Impact Cycle

As a result of a new partnership with Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching Group (ICG) in Kansas, USA, GCI is delighted to be the exclusive distributor of ICG programs in Australia and NZ.

Early in 2019 we will be offering the first of these programs The Impact Cycle

Designed around the key themes of Dr Jim Knight’s 2018 book, The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching, the aim of this program is to support educators in establishing coaching cycles that lead to improved teaching and student learning.

Click here to listen to the GCI podcast with Jim Knight.

For more information or to register for public programs click here.



Coaching in Education Podcast - Schools as Conversational Communities

This month our podcast features an interview with  John Campbell on the topic of Schools as Conversational Communities. 

Click here to listen.



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

Early Bird Registrations Now Open. Click here to register.

NB: In 2017 this event sold out several months ahead. So register early to ensure your place.



GCI 2019 Program Prospectus Now Available!

Our new program prospectus is now available for download. Take a look at some of our new programs:

  • Students Coaching Students
  • The Impact Cycle (offered in partnership with the Instructional Coaching Group, USA)
  • A Coaching Approach to Mentoring
  • Online Foundations of Coaching in Education
  • Leaders Coaching Leaders

Click here to download.

Give us a call or send us an email if you would like to discuss any of these programs and how they might address your in-school coaching needs.


Coaching in Education Podcast In-house Programs GCI Prospectus Public Workshops


What’s happening at GCI

We are also pleased to announce that Claudia Owad has enhanced her role with the NSW team as Senior Consultant Facilitation & Program Development. Claudia continues to be a great asset to the team. You can read more about Claudia’s background here.

Annette Gray, Sophie Paterson and Dr Andrea Giraldez have attained Assessor level accreditation status with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). This means that, from November 2018, they will be able to assess applications for European Individual Accreditation (EIA) should any coach choose to go down this recognition pathway.

The initial US Leader as Coach Workshop scheduled for January 2019 in the United States and hosted in conjunction with the Instructional Coaching Group is now sold out.

Chris Munro, GCI Director Victoria/Tasmania has a chapter in the recently published, Flip the System Australia - What Matters in Education.

Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh has co-authored a paper that has been recently published in the International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring in Education. The paper is titled 'A thematic analysis of the experience of educational leaders introducing coaching into schools'. You can read the abstract here.

In NSW GCI has again been confirmed by NSW Education Standards Authority NESA as an endorsed provider of professional learning for educators. GCI is endorsed at Lead Teacher Level. This means that anyone who completes a GCI program, and provides their NESA number, has the hours added to their NESA account at whatever their Australian Professional Standards for Teachers level - Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead. A similar system of accreditation applies for educators in the ACT.

Books That Changed My (Coaching) Life


In this new segment where experienced GCI coaches present a book that has had a significant impact on their coaching practice, incoming Executive Director, Christian van Nieuwerburgh shares his thoughts.

When I was learning to become a coach, there was one book that emerged as the most helpful and inspiring - Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore, first published in 1992.

This is the best-selling business coaching book of all time, and each edition was updated and revised. From the 118-page first edition (with the subtitle “A Practical Guide to Growing Your Own Skills”) through to the latest, 276-page fifth edition (with the subtitle “The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership), Sir John Whitmore single-handedly tracks the course of the development of business/executive/performance coaching in the west.

Sir John was one of the creators of the GROW coaching process. It’s the most popular coaching process and is the foundation of the GROWTH process that we use at GCI. The way he explains the process is masterful, and he takes the reader through it stage by stage. He does not only explain the process, but he provides commentary about why each stage is important. One feature that has made it right through to the fifth edition is the use of marginal headings which I found very useful. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book! In the fifth edition, Part 1 is called: “Coaching Is Bigger than Coaching”. I think that this is a realisation that emerged as Sir John coached, consulted and wrote about coaching.

This book is at once very practically helpful, but it also gets to the heart of why coaching is important. Of all the coaching books I have, this is the one that I have kept referring to again and again. I was very fortunate to have known Sir John Whitmore. Sadly, he passed away in April 2017. His contribution to the field of coaching was immense, and he will be missed as a person. I am very grateful to him and his work. I think he’d be happy to know that his thoughts and teachings will live on through the work we do.


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