About the Conference

This year will see our 7th Coaching in Education Conference go online for the first time!
The conference has as its theme Going Global: Celebrating International Perspectives, and it is this global perspective that is one of the big pluses of hosting an event of this kind virtually

We are genuinely excited by the possibilities that this format offers. Building on the quality and reputation of our previous face-to-face conferences, this year you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from practitioners making an impact in different systems and different educational settings all over the world
  • Hear the latest thinking from more global thought leaders from the US, UK and Australia
  • Avoid the dreaded conference ‘FOMO’ feeling. All keynotes and presentations will be recorded and available to view both during and after the event so you don’t need to miss anything
  • Experience a conference program designed to enable access across international timezones with recurring live workshops
  • Network internationally with colleagues you would normally never get to meet
  • Experience a professional virtual conference environment custom-built for this event

Keynote
Presenters

Dr Jim Knight
Dr Jim Knight

Senior Partner, Instructional Coaching Group and Research Associate, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (USA)

Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick
Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, Centre for Wellbeing Science, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (Australia)

Professor Ellie Drago-Severson
Professor Ellie Drago-Severson

Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning & Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University (USA)

Dr Mark McKergow
Dr Mark McKergow

Director, SFWork: The Centre for Solutions Focus at Work (UK)

Conference When & Where

When:
Tuesday 1 March & Wednesday 2 March 2022
Where:
Completely online

There will be opportunities to view and participate in live content over the 48 hours to suit different regions and time zones. Keynotes and presentations will be available on-demand so you don’t miss your favourite presenter.

All registrations include:

  • Access to our virtual conferencing portal where you can watch and participate in live sessions with presenters from around the world
  • On-Demand access to keynotes and presentations for up to 30 days after the conference ends 
  • Networking opportunities with local and international delegates and presenters

Registration Options

Early Bird Pass
(offer ends Friday 17 December 2021)
AU$325 per person

Standard Pass
AU$390 per person

Small Group Package
(5-9 delegates)
AU$310 per person

Large Group Package
(10+ delegates)
AU$295 per person

Pricing excludes GST for Australian delegates

Interactive
Workshops

These sessions are live and interactive and will not be recorded

Introduction to Coaching: Beginning Your Journey

By: Gray Ryan

This workshop will offer an insight into how schools are developing a coaching culture to build capacity in the work of educators and leaders. You will have the opportunity to consider how to start your own coaching journey through developing and enabling collaborative coaching conversations. We will explore the practicalities of developing coaching skills, and opportunities for devising an individual road map.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 1:15pm - 2:30pm AEDT

Students Coaching Students: Implementation and Impact

By: Nicky Knight

If you are interested in learning how to strengthen your school’s coaching culture by having students coaching students, this workshop will be of interest to you. Nicky will draw on her experience of working in a range of schools-primary, intermediate and secondary in New Zealand, to share how the Students Coaching Students program, based on Growth Coaching International’s GROWTH coaching framework, four coaching skills and a coaching ‘way of being,’ is being very successfully implemented and sustained in schools.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 1:15pm - 2:30pm AEDT

Schools in both Australia and New Zealand are appreciating the benefits of empowering students to support others in their learning. You will hear from students and teachers involved in the program and how the student coaches celebrated their coaching successes with their families. Nicky will also share how schools are evaluating the impact of this programme on learning and wellbeing.

Coaching and Positive Psychology: An Integrated Wellbeing Approach

By: Claudia Owad

What have you learnt about wellbeing over these last two, unprecedented years? Would you like to understand how you can use coaching to influence and improve wellbeing? This is an invitation to all educators and coaches who are curious about the impact of coaching on wellbeing, for yourself and others in your context.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 1:15pm - 2:30pm AEDT

Coaching and Positive Psychology share a common purpose, namely the enhancement of wellbeing. In this workshop, we will draw on evidence and research from the complementary fields of Coaching and Positive Psychology and explore how this can inform the way we coach and how coaching can be used as a practice designed to increase wellbeing. Drawing on Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMAH Framework, we will explore the different domains of wellbeing and how coaching can amplify this and create sustainable change.

Advanced Coaching Practice: Raising Awareness and Confidence in your Coaching

By: Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Coach training is generally focused on the skills, frameworks and personal approach required to undertake coaching conversations. This is perfectly appropriate when learning to become proficient in coaching, but how can we develop further as coaches? Reflective practice is essential for the continued growth of coaches.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 1:15pm - 2:30pm AEDT

This session will provide attendees with an awareness of some “tensions” that can occur during coaching. By being aware of these tensions, coaches can navigate them better in order to be of even better service to their coachees.

GROWTH Talk: Coaching as a Leadership Stance

By: Chris Munro, John Campbell

New ways of conceptualizing how to lead effectively in complex organisations have highlighted skills and approaches that are also at the heart of coaching. The term ‘coaching-based leadership’ has emerged in response to this trend.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 9:15pm - 10:30pm AEDT

This session is designed to provide leaders with a brief introduction to schools as complex systems and to offer some immediately applicable coaching-based leadership tools and strategies to fit this environment.

Indicative session outline:

  • Schools as Complex Systems
  • Leadership approaches for leading in Complex Systems
  • Coaching, as a ‘good fit’ leadership style for leading in Complex Systems
  • Coaching-based leadership tools and tips

Deconstructing a Coaching Conversation

By: Jasmine Miller

This workshop session will provide the opportunity for participants to observe and analyse a real coaching conversation as it happens. This will be a dynamic session that will uncover and explore the specific skills, process and way of being modelled. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenter and each other and they will leave with greater awareness, knowledge and confidence to lead effective coaching conversations.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 9:15pm - 10:30pm AEDT

Indicative workshop outline:

  • The three elements of effective coaching
  • Use of checklists
  • Coaching demonstration and observation
  • Live analysis and observation commentary
  • Replay and debrief
  • Key insights

A Coaching Approach to Mentoring: Refining Practices for Impact

By: Rachel Lofthouse

Coaching and mentoring put personal support and individualised professional development at the centre of the working lives of teachers and leaders. Both coaches and mentors create structured opportunities for professional conversation and sense-making. Mentoring is generally determined by the role and context of the mentee. The mentor usually has direct experience and a working knowledge of both the role and context. Through mentoring attention is paid to the mentee’s professional needs as they relate to the specific career stage, job or a specific professional development programme.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 9:15pm - 10:30pm AEDT

Coaching approaches can be used to refine mentoring practices by enhancing reflection and effective decision making in the context of a mentee’s personal and professional challenges and aspirations. Participants in this session will be encouraged to explore the potential of coaching approaches through research evidence and consideration of their own contexts and working practices.

Reflective Practice: Enhancing Your Coaching Development

By: Di Henning

After our initial coach training what helps us continue to develop as a coach? Just as we learn more about our coaching through attendance at workshops, webinars, podcasts and so forth, we can gain understanding from reflecting on our coaching practice. Reflective Practice is a way of learning more about coaching.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 9:15pm - 10:30pm AEDT

Being reflective is a core component of practice as a coach. As great coaches we need to be able to reflect not only on the coaching we have done but also to increase our capacity for reflection in the moment as we interact with our client. The reflective choices we make emerge from our reflective state in the moment, moments of time which can be of nano-second duration. As reflecting is so central to our effectiveness as a coach we need to consider:

  • how do we become more reflective and
  • what assists us in reflecting well?

This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for participants to discover and experience how Reflective Practice works by exploring:

  • Group dynamics
  • Facilitating reflective practice
  • Protocols – their purpose, use and benefits

Skills Dive: Delving into Questions

By: Sue Richards, Margaret Barr

‘The quality of the conversation determines the quality of the relationship … and the quality of the relationship determines the quality of the organisation.’ How do the questions we ask and the way we listen affect the quality of the conversation? What makes a question effective? What questions lead to ‘A-ha! Moments’?

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 8:45am - 10:00am AEDT

In this interactive and practical workshop we shall delve into questions and how they lead to learning and growth, and reflect on our own practice in a range of contexts. The workshop is aimed at school leaders and teachers who would like to reflect on the way they have conversations, and what might be better.

An Introduction to Instructional Coaching

By: Ann Hoffman

The Impact Cycle. In this session, participants will learn the essential elements of the coaching cycle described in the book The Impact Cycle, now being used by coaches around the world. Specifically, participants will learn how to help teachers get a clear picture of reality, identify a goal, and identify a teaching strategy to hit the goal.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 8:45am - 10:00am AEDT

Additionally, participants will learn how to precisely describe teaching strategies, 6 different ways to model strategies, and how to partner with teachers to make adaptations until goals are met. Coaches will also be introduced to a set of questions that they can use as they and their partnering teachers move through The Impact Cycle.

Video Peer Coaching: Supporting Classroom Practice

By: Ben Calleja

We know that teachers make the most positive difference to the quality of learning that a student can experience, compared with any other intervention or initiative. Well, the same impact can be had on teachers themselves. Teachers learn best from other teachers. Reflecting on instruction through the use of video, amplifies the level of awareness and capacity for improvement.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 8:45am - 10:00am AEDT

This workshop session looks at the pre-conditions and structures that enable effective professional learning involving teachers coaching other teachers on their classroom practice involving the use of video.

Deconstructing a Coaching Conversation (Repeat)

By: Chris Munro

This workshop session will provide the opportunity for participants to observe and analyse a real coaching conversation as it happens. This will be a dynamic session that will uncover and explore the specific skills, process and way of being modelled. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the presenter and each other and they will leave with greater awareness, knowledge and confidence to lead effective coaching conversations.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 8:45am - 10:00am AEDT

Indicative workshop outline:

  • The three elements of effective coaching
  • Use of checklists
  • Coaching demonstration and observation
  • Live analysis and observation commentary
  • Replay and debrief
  • Key insights

Introduction to Coaching: Beginning Your Journey (Repeat)

By: Rose Blackman-Hegan

This workshop will offer an insight into how schools are developing a coaching culture to build capacity in the work of educators and leaders. You will have the opportunity to consider how to start your own coaching journey through developing and enabling collaborative coaching conversations. We will explore the practicalities of developing coaching skills, and opportunities for devising an individual road map.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 10:45pm - 12:00am AEDT

Video Peer Coaching: Supporting Classroom Practice (Repeat)

By: Ben Calleja

We know that teachers make the most positive difference to the quality of learning that a student can experience, compared with any other intervention or initiative. Well, the same impact can be had on teachers themselves. Teachers learn best from other teachers. Reflecting on instruction through the use of video, amplifies the level of awareness and capacity for improvement.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 10:45pm - 12:00am AEDT

This workshop session looks at the pre-conditions and structures that enable effective professional learning involving teachers coaching other teachers on their classroom practice involving the use of video.

Coaching and Positive Psychology: An Integrated Wellbeing Approach (Repeat)

By: Lucy Carroll

What have you learnt about wellbeing over these last two, unprecedented years? Would you like to understand how you can use coaching to influence and improve wellbeing? This is an invitation to all educators and coaches who are curious about the impact of coaching on wellbeing, for yourself and others in your context.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 10:45pm - 12:00am AEDT

Coaching and Positive Psychology share a common purpose, namely the enhancement of wellbeing. In this workshop, we will draw on evidence and research from the complementary fields of Coaching and Positive Psychology and explore how this can inform the way we coach and how coaching can be used as a practice designed to increase wellbeing. Drawing on Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMAH Framework, we will explore the different domains of wellbeing and how coaching can amplify this and create sustainable change.

Advanced Coaching Practice: raising Awareness and Confidence in your Coaching (Repeat)

By: Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Coach training is generally focused on the skills, frameworks and personal approach required to undertake coaching conversations. This is perfectly appropriate when learning to become proficient in coaching, but how can we develop further as coaches? Reflective practice is essential for the continued growth of coaches.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 10:45pm - 12:00am AEDT

This session will provide attendees with an awareness of some “tensions” that can occur during coaching. By being aware of these tensions, coaches can navigate them better in order to be of even better service to their coachees.

Stories from the field
Implementation

The Cultivation, Germination and Propagation of the Professional Learning Landscape

By: Melanie Chambers, British International School, Belgium

‘Coaching is a tool to help shed our outer husk and bring water, oxygen, light, and warmth to our germinating ideas.’ In this session I would like to propose the role of the school leader to cultivate, germinate, and propagate learning to promote a rich and harmonious landscape that fosters growth.

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 9:30pm - 10:30pm AEDT

I will give examples of practice from my own context of how a leader of professional learning can work alongside nature, offering the right conditions, tools, and processes to prepare our school landscape for the sustainable development of initiatives.

I hope that the examples I can provide will offer insights into this nuanced area of leadership that other educators can equally make sense of in their own school settings.

Melanie Chambers

I am a Deputy Head and Whole School Leader for Professional Learning. I currently work in a British, international school setting in Belgium. I believe that as educators we are all professionally curious and want to develop to improve learning outcomes for all, and that the role school leaders play to foster a culture of trust is key. I have a thirst to explore how collectively we can challenge our thinking, bring new insights to our work and co-create learning initiatives.

The Trials and Tribulations of Implementing Teacher Coaching across eight New Zealand schools in a Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning

By: Dr. Paul Bennett, Howick College, Auckland New Zealand

In 2013 the New Zealand government announced ‘Investing in Educational Success’ which encouraged schools to form themselves into Communities of Learning or Kāhui Ako. A Kāhui Ako is the Te reo Maori word for a group of education providers working together.

Session time: 1st March 2022, 10:45am - 11:45am AEDT

This workshop focuses on one Kāhui Ako in the North Island of New Zealand which comprises of eight schools and 4750 students.

Early in the life of this Kāhui Ako the school leaders identified a shared desire to improve student outcomes by supporting their staff with teacher coaching. This workshop shares the learnings from implementing teacher coaching across eight very different schools. Why teacher coaching was chosen, how were programmes structured, how were coaches chosen, how were they trained, what ongoing support was provided and how was the success of the coaching evaluated?

Dr. Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett is currently an Associate Principal at Howick College, a large multi-cultural, co-ed high school in East Auckland, New Zealand.

Paul has taught at all levels of both the British and New Zealand systems of education. His interest in teacher coaching began when he became a Specialist classroom Teacher (SCT), using coaching to support first year teachers to develop their practice.

In 2019 Paul completed his doctoral thesis which focused on how teacher coaching was being implemented across New Zealand high schools.

In each of the schools Paul has worked he has implemented school-wide teacher coaching programmes. Currently at Howick College he leads a team of 12 trained teacher coaches who coach 134 teachers.

Educator Flourishing

By: Brittany Rehal, California USA

Session information coming soon

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 7:30am - 8:30am AEDT

Brittany Rehal

Student and Educator Flourishing Specialist. I serve educators by advocating for their autonomy, authenticity and agency as educators. Optional coaching sessions center on prioritizing educator flourishing. As an educator, I teach Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching for K-8 students.

Defining, Understanding, and Researching Coaching in the Higher Education Context

By: Alicia Sepulveda, University of Colorado, USA

Session information coming soon

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 7:30am - 8:30am AEDT

Alicia Sepulveda

Alicia Sepulveda, PhD grew up in a small town in Florida in the U.S. and was the first in her family to attend college. Alicia has coached over 1000 students across the United States for the past 11 years at various institutions include Florida State University, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado at Boulder. She has published articles to understand the role and efficacy of coaching in the higher education context. She is also one of the Founders of the Coaching in Higher Education Consortium and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Alicia is currently a Research Fellow for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado System and is Host and Producer of the College Life Podcast.

Empowering Teachers in Tanzania - a Coaching Story

By: Grace Swai & Delfina Reuben, So They Can, Tanzania

Session information coming soon

Session time: 2nd March 2022, 9:30pm - 10:30pm AEDT

Stories from the field
Research

Accompaniment: Research & Practice on Mentoring, Coaching and Teacher Induction

By: Trista Hollweck, University of Ottawa, Canada

Session information coming soon

Session time: 1st March 2022, 10:45am - 11:45am AEDT

Trista Hollweck

Pracademic; University of Ottawa: Part-Time Professor & Director of the ARC Education Project; Project Manager for the Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec leading the Accompaniment Project: Research & Practice; [not official yet] Canadian Network Coordinator for the Playful Schools Initiative, LEGO Foundation.