Teacher programs

We offer a variety of teacher professional development programs for all members of the school community.

This can be for whole-school, small groups or individuals.

Teacher Programs

Programs specialise in:

  • Positive Psychology
  • Mental Toughness
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Psychological Capital
  • Appreciative Inquiry

3 WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH TEACHER WELLBEING

We Come To You

We come to you
We are based in Sydney and love
to travel so can come to you for
your staff needs

Consulting

Consulting
We work with you to transform your school culture and embed lasting change

Meet online
We offer easy to access, self-paced courses for you to do on your own or with your teams

Next...

1. Choose a one-off session that aligns with your existing strategic plan.

or

2. Enrol in our flagship program “The Teacher Wellbeing Toolbox”

This program aims to;
– boost staff morale
– build a common wellbeing language
– establish a shared understanding of wellbeing
– create positive connections
– transform staffroom culture

THE TEACHER WELLBEING TOOLBOX

A comprehensive approach to boosting wellbeing for staff in schools

Program includes;

  • 3 x 3 hr interactive sessions at your school
  • Pre and post discussion each session
  • Learning manual for each session
  • CHAT Box and CONNECT Box resources
  • Suggested follow-up activities
  • Research and readings
  • NESA accreditation

Session 1

Wellbeing from the inside out

Learn;

  • Global challenges teaching and non-teaching staff face in schools
  • Statistics on teacher and principal stress
  • The 5 dimensions of wellbeing and how to unpack them
  • Realistic strategies for supporting wellbeing at work
  • The science of wellbeing known as Positive Psychology
  • The difference between Hedonic and Eudemonic wellbeing
  • PERMA as a framework for planning wellbeing initiatives
  • Create your personal wellbeing plan

Session 2

Mental Toughness for Managing Change

Learn;

and review personal wellbeing actions

  • Change models to understand how we respond to change
  • Self Determination Theory as a motivator for change
  • History and foundations of mental toughness
  • Research in education of mental toughness
  • The 4C’s of mental toughness as a model for reflecting on past challenges
  • The 4 C framework to help colleagues plan for change and growth
  • Limit learned helplessness and support empowerment
  • Map the 4C’s to the National Curriculum Personal and Social Capability Framework

Session 3

Coaching skills for Quality Conversations

Learn;

  • Foundations of quality conversations
  • Enabling factors of Collective Teacher Efficacy (TCE)
  • Difference between coaching and mentoring
  • History of coaching psychology
  • The 3 elements of effective coaching conversations
  • Coaching micro-skills such as listening, rapport and questioning
  • Solution-focussed questioning techniques
  • The importance of High Quality Connections (HQC)
  • SMART conversations that are quick and meaningful
  • The GROW framework to scaffold authentic goals

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

These programs are one-off sessions run as full-day or half-day

These are:

1. Teacher Wellbeing Recharge and Take Control
2. Tackling the Overwhelm with Mental Toughness
3. Peer Coaching & Mentoring for Teachers

4. Leaders empowering HERO’s
5. Be your own SuperHERO
6. Embedding Staff Wellbeing – An Appreciative Inquiry Approach

1. Teacher Wellbeing Recharge and Take Control

Personal Wellbeing Tools to fill your own cup

Teaching is both stressful and rewarding, yet sometimes it feels like we are running in circles. The meetings are endless, admin requirements increasing and student needs demanding. If the system won’t change, how can we find our way through the maze to engage, inspire and connect with students for effective learning? Positive Psychology has emerged to provide the research and tools both in and out of the classroom.

In this program we;

  • Discuss the global stressors for teachers and their impact on health
    and wellbeing.
  • Explore a shared vision of wellbeing at work for staff and students
  • Unpack the 5 dimensions of wellbeing and their relevance for school staff
  • Discuss how mindfulness, character strengths and gratitude can become
    simple habits
  • Use the research of Seligman’s five pillars known as PERMA to put
    together a personal wellbeing plan.

“Thankyou for your very real, humorous and realistic strategies. I will not only take these strategies into my own life but look forward to integrating them into my classroom”

Jennifer White, Hunter valley Grammar

2. Tackling the Overwhelm with Mental Toughness

Practical strategies to manage uncertainty and navigate change

Schools are dynamic places with high demands and constant change. This session explores the strategies of elite athletes and high functioning executives who thrive under pressure and change. Grounded in the research of Sports Psychology and Cognitive Hardiness, participants learn the 4C’s of Mental Toughness (Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence) (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011) to better manage everyday pressures.

In this program we;

  • Explore the change curve and our responses to change
  • Learn the evidence-based, psychological foundations of Mental Toughness
  • Unpack the 4C’s of mental Toughness with practical strategies
  • Identify & reflect on goals we are COMMITTED to achieving
  • Identify and reflect on how areas we can and can’t CONTROL
  • Identify and reflect on how we respond to CHALLENGE
  • Identify and reflect on our level of CONFIDENCE as we achieve goals.
  • Put all this together in a framework to better navigate change that can be
    used with staff or students.

“Your enthusiasm and positivity is infectious. You helped me realise that I actually do have the ability to move from feeling swamped to possibility.”

Lisa Peterson, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Freshwater Campus

3. Peer Coaching & Mentoring for Teachers

Positive, solution-focussed conversations

As educators we are always learning, in fact great teachers are those who are able to reflect on their practice and identify, explain and model new and improved strategies to engage students (Leithwood, 2007). Peer mentoring is a growing practice where AITSL agrees that coaching offers teachers valuable tools to mentor each other as they grow in their various roles. Either way, coaching is a simple and effective, evidence based way to address teaching standards, develop professional practice and achieve personal satisfaction on the teaching journey.

In this workshop we;

  • Discuss the similarities and differences between coaching and mentoring
  • Identify the principles of coaching psychology and its links to Action Research
  • Explore DISC Profiling to reflect on our ‘way of being’ as a mentor
  • Practice coaching micro-skills for effective communication
  • Experience the impact of problem-focussed and solution-focused questions.
  • Apply common coaching framework in a peer conversation such as GROW or SMART
  • Create either a personal or professional goals for future growth

“It was really helpful to have the time to think about my own learning goals as well as the coaching strategies to discuss options for achieving this – very practical and useful for both my wellbeing and that of my students”

Deb Lonsdale-walker, Mt St Michaels

4. Leaders empowering HERO’s

How school leaders can build the Psychological Capital of their staff

Teachers often look to school leaders for answers to their wellbeing yet school leaders often feel confused as to how to best support staff to flourish. While Professional Development is needed to help teachers ‘learn’ and ‘live’ wellbeing, competing for demands on time adds to the challenge. As knowledge changes and systems shift, it is our inner resources that can take a battering, or we can thrive.

Fred Luthans, an organisational psychologist, brings Positive Psychology to the workplace to suggests a focus on developing the Psychological Capital (PsyCap) of staff. PsyCap involves an understanding of Hope Theory, Efficacy, Resilience and Optimism, to strengthen our inner HERO.

In this workshop we;

  • Give school leaders an opportunity to share their challenges and vision of wellbeing in their school contexts
  • Unpack current wellbeing issues for staff including what is working well to support wellbeing
  • Review the foundations of Positive Psychology as the science of wellbeing
  • Identify the difference between personal wellbeing strategies and workplace wellbeing strategies
  • Define Positive Organisational Behaviour and links to Psychological Capital (PsyCap)
  • Explore the basic research of Hope Theory (Snyder), Efficacy (Bandura), Resilience (Masten), Optimism (Seligman)
  • Identify strategies school leaders can use to inspire Hope, Efficacy, Resilience & Optimism in their school context
  • Allow time for shared discussion to plan next steps.

“Daniela gave a very useful workshop with practical tools relevant for any school environment. I particularly liked the GROW Model and the tools that reminded me of the joy I experience in what I do.”

George Barris, Sydney Boys High