Last week I had the privilege of presenting a workshop at the ACEL National Conference with my colleague Jason Pascoe. Here’s the workshop abstract and materials. Please leave a comment if you’d like to discuss our approach further.
Coaching cultures should motivate individuals and facilitate cooperation, collaboration and connection within the organization and with its external stakeholders (Gormley and van Nieuwerburgh, 2014). In schools, a coaching approach to conversations about learning should become part of an organisation’s “way of being”.
When speaking to school leaders about the initiators and drivers of coaching in their contexts, they invariably refer to the conditions that existed before coaching was introduced. These antecedent conditions are the norms, practices and prevalent discourse that may enable or inhibit the rate of development and adoption of coaching. (Munro, C., Barr, M. and van Nieuwerburgh, C. (forthcoming)). These will be different in every school and even in different contexts within a school.
This workshop used a series of short coaching conversations to explore the contextual enablers and inhibitors to establishing a new organisational way of being, or culture. These conversations enabled participants to ‘respect the past’, by identifying the antecedent conditions that will support progress; ‘lead the present’, by identifying opportunities for coaching approaches in their immediate context; and ‘secure the future’ by committing to next steps towards establishing a coaching culture for learning.
Our slides and handout worksheet can be downloaded here.
You may have noticed (or not!) that I haven’t blogged here for quite some time. Well, today I finally got around to updating my “about me” page as follows:
In 2017, I took up a full-time position as Senior Consultant with Growth Coaching International (GCI). In this exciting new role I provide coaching, and facilitate coaching training programs, for educators across Victoria and beyond.
Any specific reference to GCI programs on this blog prior to me joining the company were based on my own direct experience as a participant in their training programs. This is a personal blog and is not endorsed or sponsored by GCI. For this reason, most of my writing about coaching is now done slightly more formally here and in other education publications.
This means that I’m no longer a teacher (although I think I’ll probably always be a teacher) and I’m now an education consultant. I am acutely aware of the privileged position that I now get to occupy. My new role allows me to make a different kind of positive impact on teacher development, school communities and, ultimately, student learning. Coaching gives me an honoured insight into the professional worlds of so many educators, and facilitation allows me to pass on my knowledge and experience of something that has become my “thing” – coaching in education. The learning is always reciprocal.
I’ll continue to share my writing by posting links here for the time being and I may still do the occasional reflective piece but this is proving to be a luxury that I can’t find the time for at the moment. Maybe I need some coaching on that….
Thanks for your support and encouragement on the journey so far.
Today I had the pleasure and privilege of presenting at the researchED event on day 1 of the Australian College of Educators National Conference in Melbourne.
Here’s my abstract and presentation slides.
I’d love to know what you think so please leave a comment below.