Collegial Coaching


Education — the process through which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives.  Excellent teachers make it possible.


Collegial Coaching Program Overview

The Collegial Coaching program is facilitated in individual schools. It operates as a 2-day workshop (desirably with the workshops of Day 1 and Day 2 a week apart) followed later by an onsite program where the trainee coach's skills are observed and if proven, an accreditation certificate is awarded. The teacher becomes an ET Program Collegial Coach (endorsed by The William Glasser Institute - Australia). At this time we believe we are the only educator training program to have this endorsement.

We have arranged flexible costing to best suit the needs of smaller schools, participant-based rather than the cost of the overall program. However, where participants are in diverse locations or travel is involved, negotiated costings must apply. These are outlined in our
policies.


We believe it is essential to embed common, high quality pedagogic capacity in teachers across the entire school. Collegial Coaching can achieve this in a way that teachers themselves support.

Our philosophy does not support “vaccination” programs —
”one shot of a workshop and you’re fixed!” Research shows that these workshops are ineffective and waste time and money for minimal impact on changes in professional practice.

Embedding skills to the point where they become automatic, subconscious responses is the only way to guarantee excellence and ensure that the professional dollars spent on individuals are retained for the benefit of students and their learning outcomes. This requires initial training, later follow-up and then ongoing, onsite support. Because these features are the highlights of our program, it is easy to see why Collegial Coaching is so successful and so widely accepted.

We use specific names for the people involved:

  • The Inviting Teacher. The teacher remains in total control of the coaching process. The inviting teacher initiates the coaching partnership, approves the focus for lesson observation, uses her own reflective thoughts as the basis for decisions on possible actions, sets the type of feeback to be used and whether the coaching partnership will continue.
  •  The Collegial Coach. The Collegial Coach, with the approval of the inviting teacher, guides the sequencing of feedback types in ways that facilitate growth of a strong, open, warm professional relationship. The coach follows exactly the same process at every session so that transparency and certainty for the inviting teacher are a top priority. Confidentiality and integrity are important, but empathy, feeling with the teacher is vital.  The coach must ensure that the feedback that is given is focused on meeting the teacher's needs, not those of "the system". We believe that if teachers' needs are comprehensively met it follows that school and systemic goals will be better satisfied in the longer term.

 

Skill development:

  • The major focus is on using open questions to build reflective capacity in the inviting teacher.

The skills developed in the training program include:

  • Conducting an effective collegial pre-conference;
  • Focused lesson observation practices;
  • Understanding and using different types of feedback - and feedback styles to avoid;
  • Using probing, open questions to unpack teachers' beliefs about teaching and learning, and how they apply them (often sub-consciously) in the lessons they plan;
  • How to develop deeper reflection;
  • Linking teaching practices with pedagogic frameworks, and
  • Using those frameworks as matrices for strategizing different approaches in lesson planning to achieve improved outcomes.

Documentation - A guarantee of teacher anonymity:

  • All notes made by the coach during the various sectionsof the coaching session are hand written and returned in full to the inviting teacher, with no copies retained by the coach. This is a guarantee for the inviting teacher that the coaching partnership is all about professional development and certainly is not designed for supervision.
  • Sign-off: Coach and inviting teacher sign the notes taken at the conclusion of the coaching session. The bottom of the signed form may be shown to an administrator as evidence of professional development hours, but the administrator has no authority to inspect the document notes.
  • Teacher reflection / action planning sheet. The coach provides this sheet to the inviting teacher towards the end of the sesion. It remains the property of the teacher, it is not subject to inspection or action by a supervisor unless the inviting teacher herself initiates discussion or assistance.
  • Coach Learning Log: This is a reflection tool for the coach that the program requires all coaches to use. The teacher's name is not recorded and the teacher cannot be identified. It documents effectiveness of the previous coaching session, strategies used by the coach, reflection on future strategies and the coach's contribution to coaching across the school.
    The Coach Learning Log is to be retained as evidence of the quantity and quality of coaching happening in the school. It is the only document in the Collegial Coaching process that is subject to inspection.

The program provides the opportunity to make permanent change to teaching quality without the ongoing cost of external facilitation. Essentially, we aim to develop teachers to the point where we are no longer needed as facilitators.

Read what trainee coaches have written about the program in feedback comments.


Coaching Module
  • CC-01 Collegial Coaching Training

    This additional three day training program (structured as described below) skills teachers to observe each other teaching and develop ways to continuously improve what they are doing in the classroom.
    Code: CC-01 (An In-School program)
     (Costs may be subject to "door to door expenses if facilitator travel is involved. See " Policies")

    2-day workshop (skill development) $600/person
    (min 6 people, max 16)
    In-class follow-up and supervision $285/person
    (to become certified coach)


    Ask about our business plans that see in-school Coach Trainers trained, allowing schools to avoid the facilitation  component of training, paying a small fee for the use of our intellectual property.  This allows schools to develop a long term, economically sustainable program of coach development.

    Alternatively, a limited number of schools can become training centres ("ET Program Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Coaching"), enabling them to use their qualified 'Master Coach Trainer' to train staff from other schools at our advertised rate.  This opportunity can provide significant funds that allow the Centre of Excellence school to subsidise other professional development programs.
       

    Download an ET Program Registration Form by clicking HERE

    Download a Collegial Coaching Program Registration Form by clicking HERE