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This course explores and applies the theoretical and practical bases of supporting others in developing their professional roles, responsibilities and expertise. It is suitable for those who have coaching and mentoring roles with new and existing members of staff and recognise the need to complement specialist knowledge with professional learning and development strategies.
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Apply theories of professional learning and development to own practice as a mentor/coachName the enablers of professional learning conversations;Review scholarly research and literature on how to form a trusting relationship which respects and extends colleagues’ practices;Critically review own responsibilities as mentors, coaches and guides and undertake a detailed self-analysis of questioning and listening capabilities informed by literature on effective mentoring and coaching; Extend own repertoire of collegial observations of practice and develop the protocols necessary for implementation.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Assignment #1: Powerpoint and accompanying notesPrepare a powerpoint slideshow on coaching and mentoring as a time for facilitating learner to learner conversations for an audience of your choice. The accompanying notes are not intended as a speech but instead to convey more depth related to each slide. The sequence should be seen as an opportunity to highlight the dispositions needed of a mentor/coach and the actions which enable a reciprocal learning relationship as the outcome. Challenges and opportunities should be featured.Assignment #2: Literature review and analysis of a learning conversation following an observation of a colleague’s practiceThe assignment has 2 parts. The first part is an essay which explores why observation of practice and its feedback are generally avoided yet deemed to be of value. Suggestions for deprivatising practice are developed from scholarly research and pertinent examples from own experiences. The second part is a small research component where an observation of a colleague’s practice is the prompt for analysing one’s own coaching and mentoring skills in action in a professional learning conversation.
Required Texts – none. Students are given access to ebooks which replace the need for hard copy purchases. Recommended ReadingRobertson, J. (2016). Coaching educational leadership: Building leadership capacity through partnership. Wellington: NZCER. Earl, L., & Timperley, H.S. (Eds.) (2008). Professional learning conversations: challenges in using evidence for improvement. Dordrecht: Springer.
Te Kete Ipurangi
New Zealand Council for Educational Research
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)
Domestic fee $2,046.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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