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Pre-registration deadline: May 9, 2016

Erasmus+ Funded Training Course in Cyprus - for teachers, trainers, university staff and adult education professionals:

"More Than Teaching: Coaching Skills for Educators."

The 5 day in-service training course is a result of the Grundtvig Multilateral project "Coach4U - Coaching Skills for Adult Education Professionals" (Project no: 540273-LLP-1-2013-1-UK-GRUNDTVIG-GMP), in which organizations from six different EU countries carried out research to find the most effective practices in coaching. Those practices were then adapted to the adult education context taking into account the main needs of adult learners, adult education professionals and the main trends and objectives in adult education.

Who's eligible?

Teachers, Adult Education Professionals and Higher Education Staff of organizations, schools and institutions that received the Erasmus+ staff training funding for the school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Check with your Erasmus+ Office or the Head Office if funds are available and come for a week of professional training in the sunny island of Cyprus.

Course description and dates available:

"More than Teaching: Coaching Skills for Educators"
15 - 20/05/2016
09 - 14/10/2016
09 - 14/04/2017
22 - 27/10/2017
20 - 25/08/2017

This course is designed for teachers, trainers, tutors, leaders and other professionals in the field of education, who wish to learn basic coaching skills, deepen their understanding of effective communication process and enhance their capacity to build satisfying and empowering relationship with learners. The seminar aims to develop in the participants' coaching skills and introduce coaching tools that can be applied in the context of formal and informal education to enhance learners' outcomes and educators' job satisfaction.

Objectives:

By the end of the seminar, participants will:

  • Have better understanding of coaching, its potential benefits and how it can be applied in the context of education
  • Have understanding of the nature of a coaching relationship (coach and coachee) and have reflected on how such an approach can enhance the relationship between a teacher and a learner
  • Have become acquainted with a few powerful coaching tools and discussed how they can be applied at their work
  • Have better understanding of the importance of the state of mind in the teaching and learning process
  • Have better understanding of an effective communication process and capacity to communicate on a deeper level (with a deeper rapport and ability to facilitate shifts in perception in their learners)
  • Have increased the ability to build rapport with their learners and provide a supportive learning environment
  • Have insights into how they may already be using aspects of a coaching and how they can expand it and consciously use coaching techniques as a part of their teaching style
  • Have improved their goal setting ability
  • Have enhanced their ability to encourage their learners to design specific actions that will move them in the desired direction
  • Feel more confident in their ability to challenge their learners in a supportive way
  • Have enhanced their flexibility and creativity
  • Have gained tools for facilitating creativity and innovation in their learners
  • Have better understanding of motivation mechanisms and ability to motivate themselves and their learners
  • Have identified and begun to transform assumptions that might be hindering their effectiveness as educators and might be an obstacle to using the coaching approach
  • Have participated in an "experimental playground" to try and test new coaching skills

Training programme (day by day)

Day 1

  • Welcome, course overview, ice-breaking activities
  • Introduction to coaching:
    • the underlying "philosophy" of coaching;
    • skills and attributes of an effective coach;
    • what makes a good coaching relationship;
    • overview of coaching methods;
    • the benefits of coaching
  • GROW – an effective coaching model

Day 2

  • Goals:
    • setting inspiring targets;
    • designing actions – how can towe help learners to plan and take actions in pursuit of their goals;
    • the power of following through on agreed actions
  • Listening with full presence and no agenda (presentation, discussion, exercises)

Day 3

  • Cultural excursion

Day 4

  • Powerful questions – going to the heart of the matter, creating new perspective, new focus and pointing towards desired results (presentation, discussion, exercises)
  • Tools for enhanced motivation- self and learners
    • aligning goals with deep values
    • "future pace"

Day 5

  • Tools for greater use of creativity (e.g. Disney strategy, seeing things from a different perspective, use of pictures and metaphor)
  • Self reflection
    • your own predisposition to use the coaching approach
    • challenging limiting assumptions
  • How can you use elements of coaching with your learners/students/team?
  • Teacher – learner relationship and how it can be enriched by adapting coaching approach
  • Course evaluation and closure

Methodology:

The seminar uses active learning methods hence there will be room for dialogue, reflection, group and individual exercises and experiential activities. Attention will be given to creating a safe, supportive learning environment that encourages openness and experimentation. The seminar opens with an ice-breaking activity and getting to know each other.
The theoretical context of the seminar will look at different coaching skills and tools, discussed and practiced. Attention will be given to how the tools can be applied in an educational context to enhance learners’ learning outcomes and teachers’ job satisfaction.
There will be also opportunity to receive mini-coaching from the trainer (demonstrations with volunteers) as well as practice coaching in pair exercises and receive feedback from the trainer and from other participants.
Prior to the seminar there will be a mini-interview conducted via email with the participants in order to identify their needs. At the end of the seminar the participants will fill in feedback forms in order to assess the effectiveness and attractiveness of the seminar and evaluate the outcomes.
After the course the participants will have access to a private FB group. The content and methods used during the seminar have been piloted under the Grundtvig multilateral project “Coaching Skills in Adult Education” (COACH4U). The participants will have access to all resources developed in the project.

Lead trainer:

Karolina Gladych is a psychologist, a trainer and a coach dedicated to assisting others in accessing more of their innate wisdom and wellbeing, tapping to their potential, using more of their latent talents and living with greater sense of freedom and possibility. She has extensive experience in training teachers, trainers, managers, administrative staff, local governments and parents. Karolina is also experienced in developing and coordinating international educational projects in the field of adult education. In 2012 Karolina discovered a ground-breaking approach called "3 Principles" which has profoundly transformed her life as well as the way she works with clients.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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Who can apply?

Erasmus+ is open to a wide range of organisations across all sectors of education and training. Any public, private or non-profit organisation actively involved in these areas is able to apply for funding through the programme. This includes:

  • Higher Education staff
  • Vocational Education staff
  • School staff
  • Adult Education staff

Only organisations are able to apply for education and training funding under Erasmus+. Training opportunities for individuals still exist under Key Action 1, but individuals themselves are not eligible to apply.