Coaching in Educational Leadership

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Coaching in Educational Leadership

While many assume that coaching has been imported into education from other fields such as sports or psychology, it is reasonable to argue that education is the natural home of coaching. Coaching and education share the same purpose: helping people to learn, grow and develop.

In this seminar John Campbell & Christian van Nieuwerburgh explored the place of coaching in the development of school leaders at all levels.

Speaker: John Campbell

BADipEd, GradDip (Past Guid), MAppSc (Comm Mgt), MAppSc (Psych Coaching) FAIM, Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching

John Campbell is Executive Director of Growth Coaching International (GCI), an organisation that provides coaching and coaching services to school leaders and teachers across Australia and now in NZ, the UK, the Middle East, Spain and Central and South America.

John has been a high school teacher, a curriculum development advisor, a management consultant in the corporate sector and since 2004 has been involved in leading the GCI work across Australia. During that period over 35,000 school leaders have participated in GCI professional learning programs.

He is the author of the chapters, ‘Coaching in Schools’ in Coaching in Professional Contexts (Sage), and with Grant O’Sullivan, ‘Beyond the conversation: Coaching as an agent for system improvement in education’ in Keeping Your Head: finding and sustaining balance, depth and resilience in school leadership (Karnac Books, in press). He also recently completed, with Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh, The Leaders’ Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning due for publication by Corwin Press in July 2017. He regularly speaks at ‘coaching in education’ events and conferences across Australia and has led workshops and conference keynotes in NZ, the UK, Spain, Asia and the US.

In addition to his teaching degrees, he holds master’s degrees in organisational communication (UTS) and in the psychology of coaching from the University of Sydney.

Speaker: Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Christian holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), an MSc from the University of East London (UK) and an MA and BA from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon).

Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh is the Director of International Partnerships at Growth Coaching International. Christian is a leading academic and thought-leader in the field of coaching, as well as a practising executive coach. Regarded as an international authority in the field, Christian regularly speaks at conferences, facilitates training, and consults in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Particularly passionate about the application of coaching and positive psychology in education, Christian is the author of An Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide (Sage, 2014) and the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents (Karnac, 2012) and Coaching in Professional Contexts (Sage, 2016). He holds the role of Editor in Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, a leading, peer-reviewed academic journal. He also recently co-wrote with John Campbell The Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning (Corwin, 2017).

Through his role at Growth Coaching International, Christian continues to enjoy delivering training and professional learning opportunities in schools, colleges and universities.

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Further Reading for Teacher Identified Professional Development

Below you will find a number of readings connected to the content of this event. This reading can be accredited as Teacher Identified Professional Development. Enter it into your personal log and into your online professional development record with NESA. Don’t forget to write a short explanation of how the activity addressed the standard descriptors you nominated.


The first reading was supplied as pre-reading for the event, the last four are suggested post-event readings. 

Pre-event Readings

1. Campbell, J. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2018). What is Leadership Coaching? The Leader's Guide to Coaching in Schools: Creating Conditions for Effective Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. pp. 15-24.

Post-event Readings

2. Breakspear, S. (2017). Embracing Agile Leadership for Learning – how leaders can create impact despite growing complexity. Australian Educational Leader, 39:3, pp. 68-71.

3. Gormley, H. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2014) Developing coaching cultures: a review of the literature. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 7:2, pp. 90-101.

4. Grant, A.M. (2017). The third ‘generation’ of workplace coaching: creating a culture of quality conversations. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 10:1, pp. 37-53.

5. Knight, J. & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2012). Instructional coaching: a focus on practice. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 5:2, pp. 100-112