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Welcome to October Coaching in Education News! This month we give some focus to the area of student coaching and the new Students Coaching Students program that GCI will be launching in 2019. We are excited about what this program can contribute to student success and wellbeing. Feedback from initial pilot versions over the last 12 months have been wonderfully positive so we are delighted to offer this program.

This newsletter features a podcast exploring one school’s experience along with more information about what’s in the Students Coaching Students program and how it works.

In addition, you will find lots of news items. For those in the Sydney area, a reminder that we are reviving our complimentary after school Twilight Workshops and featuring two outstanding international presenters – Margaret Barr, GCI Lead Associate in Scotland, and Dr Mark McKergow, one of the world's leading thinkers and practitioners in Solution Focused approaches.

And we include another resource review - Books that Changed My (Coaching) Life. In this segment GCI coaches and facilitators share about a book that significantly influenced their coaching practice.

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

All good wishes,
John Campbell
Executive Director


New Program: A Coaching Approach to Students Coaching Students

- by Claudia Owad

We are very excited to be launching a new offering in the Student Coaching space. A Coaching Approach to Students Coaching Students is a student peer coaching program. As part of our Global Framework for Coaching and Mentoring in Education, this falls into the student experience portal and builds to student success and well-being. This program is designed for sustainability and to be driven internally within your school with our support.

There is a broadening body of research into the area of student coaching that builds a compelling business case to highlight the benefit of student coaching. Green, Grant & Rynsaardt (2007) found that providing coaching to high school students can increase their resilience and hopefulness. Passmore and Brown (2009) discover that coaching secondary school students in the UK increased academic performance.

Furthermore, van Nieuwerburgh & Tong (2013) found that actually training students as coaches led to increases in emotional intelligence, improved attitudes to learning and enhanced communication skills. Research by van Nieuwerburgh and Passmore (2012) highlighted the positive effects of becoming a student coach on thought processes, study skill, emotional intelligence, relationships, and communication skills.


Student Coaching Students - examples 



Coaching in Education Podcast - Students as Peer Coaches

Do students have the emotional intelligence to coach their peers? And what would some of the other key considerations be for schools interested in implementing a student peer coaching program? In this short interview, we talk to Ben Calleja, Co-Director at GCI WA, SA & NT, who explains what others have found in this exciting new area of coaching.

Click here to listen.



Online Foundations of Coaching in Education (8-week course)

This new online course provides a broad introduction to the application of evidence-based coaching into educational settings. The course has been created specifically for professionals working in schools and will provide every participant with a solid foundation of relevant theory, evidence-based practical applications and an international framework that supports the introduction and implementation of coaching and positive psychology initiatives.

The 8-week course uses online reading materials, webinars, videos, and other resources. Participants will engage with recent research, case studies of real practice and the latest thinking in this field.

The next one starts on 29th October. Click here for more information.



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

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


Growth Coaching International and the Instructional Coaching Group

As part of the launch of the GCI/ICG partnership, Dr Jim Knight, Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group, USA and GCI Director, Chris Munro, delivered a joint presentation at a special breakfast event in Sydney on Friday 21st September and at a twilight reception at our Melbourne office the following week. Also during this week, Jim presented his Instructional Coaching Institute at Brighton Grammar school in Melbourne. GCI staff worked alongside participants from around the country (and beyond) during this week-long look at the application of Jim’s extensive research and writing on Instructional Coaching. If that wasn’t enough, Jim went on to deliver the Institute at Somerset College in Queensland the following week. Again, this event was very well attended and well received by participants from all over Australia. It was particularly encouraging to see participants identify the complementary nature of ICG and GCI approaches to supporting teacher learning in ways that honour and respect the professionalism of teachers.

As the next stage of our partnership with Instructional Coaching Group, GCI is looking forward to presenting The Impact Cycle early in 2019. Click here for more information or to register. Look out for further program dates in New Zealand and other Australian States.


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, Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group, USA
  • Prof Rachel Lofthouse, Leeds Beckett University, UK
  • Dr Deborah Netolicky, Wesley College, Perth, WA

On top of that, we are currently discussing various concurrent and case study sessions

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.


Twilight Sessions


We are delighted to announce 2 Twilight Workshops for Sydney in November led by international consultants and thought leaders. These are complimentary sessions but do book early as places are limited. These will follow the same format from our sessions last year…

  • An Environment for Better Conversations
    Date: Wednesday, November 7th
    Presenter: Margaret Barr, GCI’s Lead Associate in Scotland
    Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Venue: Conference Room GCI Chatswood office, 4mins walk from Chatswood Station
    For more information and to book your complimentary spot, click here.

  • SF 2.0: New Developments in Solution Focus Practice
    Date: Tuesday, November 20th
    Presenter: Dr Mark McKergow one of world’s leading contributors to Solution Focused approaches to coaching and facilitation in organisational contexts
    Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Venue: Conference Room GCI Chatswood office, 4mins walk from Chatswood Station
    For more information and to book your complimentary spot, click here.

Books That Changed My (Coaching) Life


We continue our focus on highlighting some of the best coaching resources that have emerged and stood the test of time, over the last 15 years or so. It can sometimes be easy for us to be seduced by the new and the shiny, sometimes relegating the older resources to the back shelf.

So we decided to invite those from the GCI team that have been around coaching for some time to share their recommendations regarding coaching resources that have influenced their practice and have endured over time.

This month Gray Ryan, GCI Senior Consultant Victoria, shares his thoughts about Coaching for Performance: GROWing People, Performance and Purpose written by John Whitmore.


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