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trust culture & co-coaching

August 31, 2013

Yesterday our learning for leaders workshop explored co-coaching with Grant O’Sullivan from Growth Coaching International. We occupied the dance room while music students next door syncopated their improvisations < Insert cacophonous mood-music >.

My Wordle depicts values/qualities we evaluated as most desirable in effective coaches: photo (5) Interesting that alignment with vision was perceived as crucial to the success of any collaborative process we may be undertaking (all of us are involved in action research). This approach also feels like a well-fitted, organic and flexible means of embedding the school’s strategic plan for 2013-2016.

In order to illustrate the importance of actively listening and empathising as opposed to resolving other people’s problems, Grant shared this video:

Resonant? Familiar learning landscape, too.

Remind anyone else of

video-memes that seem to permeate our digitally connected ecosystems?

I am taking none of this forgranted given recollections of queuing to copy mimeographed texts incarcerated in closed reserve where my fervent photocopying yielded dust  and silverfish tracings 10-20 years on – whenever I moved house/ shapeshifted/ outgrew skins and, more significantly, adopted technology as an efficient learning lever.

Given that illustration of the change is constant mantra, why embed coaching in schools?Print

International Coach Federation infographic downloadable here

Costa & Garmiston endorse cognitive coaching as the preferred model since the process is:

  • directed by the coachee
  • neutral
  • about self-directed learning
  • a skillful application of tools for planning, reflecting and problem resolution
  • a means of developing and building internal resources
  • applied to interactions over time
  • a tool to mediate thinking.

Once again, I am forced to appreciate the imperative of attending to feedback.


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Don’t let that single loop simplicity deceive you….

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Selected references

AITSL. (2013). Clearinghouse: A culture of trust enhances performance in schools. Retrieved August 31, 2013 from

Costa, A.L. & Garmiston, R.J. (2002). Cognitive coaching: A foundation for renaissance schools. Heatherton, Vic: Hawker Brownlow.

Lindon, J. (2011). Creating a culture of coaching: Upskilling the school workforce in times of change. Research Associate Full Report National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. Retrieved August 31, 2013 from

Showers, B. & Joyce, B. (1996). The evolution of peer coaching. Educational Leadership, 53(6), 12 – 17. Retrieved August 31, 2013 from

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