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Creating a system where coaching can thrive

Starts Mar 3, 2021


Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

Online – a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are beginning/reviewing the role of coaches to build capacity within your staff.


In this session Brighton Grammar School will share their approach to creating a coaching program. You will be exposed to the specific coaching models that can be used, as well as tools for measuring the impact of coaching initiatives. Coaching conversations, how to train coaches within your school, and how coaching fits into a school wide system of professional learning will be discussed.

The broad context will include research behind teacher staff development and whole-school level considerations for capacity building with specific examples for leaders, teachers and coaches.

Common challenges and issues will be explored and resources will be provided.

‘When teachers stop learning, so do students.’

– Jim Knight

Key takeaways              

  • an example of a coaching framework in a school
  • evidence-based strategies for approaching staff development.


Presenter information

Mark Dowley                  

Mark Dowley BEd, MEd, is the Director of Staff Development at Brighton Grammar School, and he has experience building a coaching program in two Independent schools. Mark has been trained in Cognitive Coaching, Growth Coaching and Instructional Coaching and manages a team of 11 coaches at Brighton Grammar School. He is currently completing his DEd at the University of Melbourne and, through his research role in the Crowther Centre, he explores how we can use research into staff development to build capacity throughout an organisation.




Raelene Plozza               

Raelene Plozza is an Instructional Coach at Brighton Grammar School. She has been involved in the development of the coaching program at the school from its inception, and balances a diverse coaching load with supporting new coaches as they navigate the role. Raelene has networked with and supported coaches in a variety of other schools and presented on coaching at an International conference in Baltimore. She is passionate about sharing her expertise and experiences with others. Raelene has been trained in Growth Coaching and Instructional Coaching.



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