Instructional Coaching for Impact

24th February, 2022 @ 3:45 pm


24/02/2022 - 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

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Instructional coaches partner with teachers to analyze current reality, set goals, identify and explain teaching strategies to meet goals, and provide support until goals are met.” (Knight, The Impact Cycle, 2018).

A successful coaching culture cannot operate in isolation – it is effective when it is situated within the broader aim to strengthen the school’s eco-system for learning. This program will support schools to build and/or strengthen a coaching culture within their community through adopting an instructional coaching philosophy and approach into their organisational culture.

This program is informed by the work of Jim Knight, a leading instructional coach and in 2022 will comprise four key elements:

School Audit

Participants will begin with an analysis of their school’s individual, social and structural levers to identify their coaching goals for the year and ways they might begin to build, or strengthen, a thriving coaching culture across their school.

Impact Cycle Professional Learning

Over the year, Growth Coaching International will facilitate the Impact Cycle professional learning, designed around Knight’s seminal text The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching, to support participants in establishing instructional coaching cycles that lead to improved teaching and student learning. Participants will explore the following questions:

  • what are the Partnership Principles and should I ground my coaching in them
  • what should my approach to coaching be
  • how do instructional coaches identify goals with teachers, particularly through video reflection and observation
  • how should instructional coaches go about explaining and modelling teaching strategies
  • how do coaches partner with teachers to make adaptations until goals are met?

Brighton Grammar School (BGS) Coaching Clarity

A strategic relationship will be undertaken with BGS, to support coaching clarity, based on the school’s implementation of instructional coaching spanning seven years.  This includes the option to participate in a ‘Coaching in Action’ school immersion and professional learning at BGS, Melbourne,

on 26 and 27 May, facilitated by Dr Mark Dowley, BGS to see a functioning coaching program in action, complete a coaching cycle, meet with coaches and visit classes. The following day will detail the BGS rationale, challenges and process of building an instructional coaching program.

Communities of Practice and Individualised Coaching

Communities of Practice via videoconferencing and individualised coaching, will support implementation. Participants will be connected to approaches that embed and enable a coaching culture to flourish.

Subject to funding, this program will continue and build on learning in 2023.

2022 dates:

Introduction, 24 February 3.45 pm – 4.45 pm, Zoom

GCI Impact Cycle Day 1 of 2, 7 March 9.00 am – 4.00 pm, Zoom

BGS Coaching Immersion Day, 26 May 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, face to face at BGS, Melbourne

BGS Half Day in Crowther Centre, 27 May 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, face to face at BGS

Community of Practice, 23 June 3.45 pm – 5.15 pm, Zoom

Impact Cycle Day 2 of 2, 17 August 9.00 am – 4.00 pm, face to face at AISSA (or via Zoom if required)

Community of Practice, 14 September 3.45 pm – 5.15 pm, Zoom

Sharing successes & planning for 2023, 14 November 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm, face to face at AISSA

Individualised coaching TBA

Schools are invited to apply for this opportunity by completing an Expression of Interest. The Expression of Interest is due at COB 16 February 2022.

Participation in the school immersion at BGS, Melbourne is an additional $350 (plus GST) per person. Each participant has responsibility for arranging and paying for their flights and accommodation.


Target audience – middle / senior leaders with the role of establishing or implementing instructional coaching in their school

Delivery mode – face to face and Zoom (links will be sent closer to each event)

Presenters – Ben Calleja, Growth Coaching International, Dr Mark Dowley, Brighton Grammar School, Mary Pickett, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA, and Lynda Secombe, Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA


For registration enquiries please contact Emily Metelmann.