Mentoring and Coaching

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This course takes a broad look at two related, yet different forms of professional support that are critical to the success of CoLs. Mentoring involves a having deep personal interest – being a friend who cares about the mentee and her/his long-term development. Coaching involves developing specific skills for the task, challenges and performance expectations at work.

Coaching and mentoring are increasingly used in organisations to achieve a positive change in individuals and to encourage the transfer of knowledge from the coach / mentor to the individual. Establishing strong coaching and mentoring roles in a school or CoL is a powerful way of developing a highly responsive approach to professional learning, curriculum development and pedagogical practice.

Prerequisites

Participants should have access to a classroom/teaching context that can be used as the context for completing tasks and applying the things they learn.

Who is this for

This course is intended for any teacher or school leader who is interested in improving her or his own ability to mentor or coach others in the school or community of learning (CoL). It will be of particular interest to those taking on lead teacher roles within a CoL.

Learning outcomes

Course participants will be able to:

  • investigate the differences between mentoring and coaching roles, how they apply in different circumstances and how they can be used to effect change in people and organisations.
  • explore a variety of coaching models that are effective in a school context, and understand how these can develop capability within teams to achieve school or CoL goals.
  • identify principles of effective mentoring, and learn how to establish a mentoring relationship with and between colleagues.
  • design a programme most appropriate to their school or CoL needs. 

Course format

20 week course divided into four modules (5 weeks per module). 
3-5 professional learning hours per week. 

Each 5 week module includes: 

  • 2 facilitated webinars
  • online learning

Modules

Module One: Mentoring and Coaching - understanding the difference
Participants will investigate the differences between mentoring and coaching roles, how they apply in different circumstances and how they can be used to effect change in people and organisations.

Module Two: Coaching models – building capability
Participants will be introduced to a variety of coaching models that are effective in a school context, and understand how these can develop capability within teams to achieve school or CoL goals.

Module Three: Mentor models – realising potential
Participants will be introduced to the principles of effective mentoring, and how to establish a mentoring relationship with and between colleagues.

Module Four: Designing a successful approach
Participants will select the approach that is most appropriate in their context and design a programme most appropriate to their school or CoL needs.

Date

24 Jul 2017

Time/s

Online lesson times will be advised but are typically Monday - Thursday outside of school hours. 

Costs

The cost is $830 + GST per person. A discount of 20% applies for groups of 5+ people from the same school or centre.  All prices exclude GST.

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