This course is delivered by GCI under our partnership agreement with Instructional Coaching Group (ICG). Designed around the key themes of the book, Better Conversations: Coaching ourselves and each other to be more credible, caring and connected, the aim of the course is to present a framework for improving professional dialogue within education communities and beyond. In Dr Jim Knight’s words:
“Effective communication is an essential skill for a fulfilled life, and we can’t teach it to students if we don’t know how to do it ourselves.”
Designed around the key themes of Dr Jim Knight’s 2016 book, Better Conversations: Coaching ourselves and each other to be more credible, caring and connected, GCI facilitators have worked in partnership with Dr Knight to prepare this highly regarded course for in-person delivery in our regions.
The aim of the course is to present a framework for improving professional dialogue within education communities and beyond.
Participants begin by taking stock of their current beliefs and communication habits by considering two simple questions:
Where are you now?
Where do you want to be?
Participants then consider the “10 Habits” required for better conversations.
This course will be of interest to anyone wishing to examine their own communication and develop new habits that lead to enhanced dialogue in their setting.
Participants will explore the following questions:
What is my current ‘communication profile’?
What are our beliefs about communication and how do they influence our actions?
How do we measure up in terms of top-down communication versus partnership communication based on the 6 Beliefs of Better Conversations?
What are the 10 Habits of Better Conversations and how do we measure up against these?
What can we do to get better at fostering true dialogue with others?
Be introduced to the 6 Better Conversations Beliefs:
· I see others as equal partners in conversation
· I want to hear what others have to say
· I believe others should have a lot of autonomy
· I don't judge my conversations partners
· Our conversations should be back and forth
· Conversation should be life-giving
Ask better questions
Make emotional connections
Be a witness to the good
Find common ground
Control toxic emotions
Redirect toxic conversations
Research-informed, Practitioner-focused is an important principle that underpins all our work at GCI, and this course is no exception.
The Better Conversations course is based on decades of research on instructional coaching, communication and professional development by Dr Jim Knight and colleagues at The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.
When we are engaged in praxis we are reflecting in action – taking what we are learning and applying it in real-life situations. Our in-person and online courses enable praxis through a ‘coaching approach’ to facilitation combined with a range of thoughtfully designed adult learning experiences including:
individual and group reflection activities
co-operative learning tasks
practice opportunities using real workplace scenarios
observation and feedback
The Better Conversations course is currently only available as two full days (in-person).
As a coaching organisation, we endeavour to model a ‘coaching way of being’ in our interactions with our clients by being:
We encourage a culture of high expectations through our commitment to the ongoing development of our people based on mutual respect and collaboration. Our consultants are expert coach practitioners who draw on a wealth of educational experience to provide the highest level of service as coaches and trainers.
$890 (+ GST)
This price is for an individual registering on an open-enrolment course.
Savings are available for organisations who wish to run this course for an in-house group.