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Coaching meets Post-Secondary Education: A cross-provincial pilot series promoting ‘coach-like’ college teaching for greater self-awareness and accountability in the classroom (E)

Track: Charting Teaching & Learning

The vision for teachers being coachlike aligns with 21st century skills and values, nurturing greater student agency in post-secondary education and training, and preparing future-ready students. When teachers are coachlike they can engage students in greater reflection and awareness, which has a positive impact on learning. In this session, the speakers share their experience of designing and delivering an eight-month pilot to over 20 faculty participants from Niagara College (ON) and College of the North Atlantic (NL). The pilot was motivated by the speakers’ experiences as educational developers and certified coaches, and the growing body of research that indicates coaching practices positively impact learner engagement, resilience, and performance. This pilot engaged faculty in six workshops, one-to-one coaching, self-reflection and assessment, and focused on: Enhancing awareness of coaching philosophy and models; Increasing teachers’ awareness about the impact of coach-like practices; and Reviewing coaching skills/tools/strategies. The approach differed from traditional instructional coaching in that the facilitators modelled and encouraged non-directive coaching strategies.

Session Speakers

Dana Wetherell

Educational Developer, Centre for Academic Excellence

Niagara College

Jenn Wicks

Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning Innovation

College of the North Atlantic

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