“A very accurate barometer of the quality of a school is reflected in the quality of the adult to adult relationships.”
--Bill Powell, external trainer for Cognitive Coaching at UWCSEA East
With support from the Annual Fund, a road map for instruction and conversation based on skills of Cognitive Coaching has been established at UWCSEA East.
Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction.
The Cognitive Coaching is structured as an 8-day basic programme as well as a 6-day advanced programme, all of which are segmented and being run over the course of the year to train teachers across the Primary, Middle and High schools in applying the support functions of coaching, evaluating, consulting and collaborating to mediate thinking. The East staff training was completed in March and May 2015.
“The upshot here is that many conversations are successes if, and only if, they promote, provoke or somehow encourage further thought. It’s worth bearing in mind that getting the conversations right may be the most important thing we can do for our children,” said Nicholas Alchin, High School Principal on East Campus.
The support from the UWCSEA Foundation has made it possible to bring in outstanding trainers, William and Ochan Powell, who have extensive experience in international schools and in coaching. William has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia and Malaysia, and together with Ochan they lead a series of workshops on differentiation, special needs and coaching. Through their experience they make strong connections with the staff at UWCSEA making this programme relevant to the context of the College.