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2016 April Assembly AC 1st Academic Conference
Introduction to Academic Coaching
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Academic coaching (mentoring/counselling) has been developed at St Dominic's College to allow students and parents greater responsibility in setting goals and review progress. Students take more personal responsibility for their own learning and three way conferences between students, academic coach and parents help set future learning directions. "Academic Coaching is a process of academic support through student-teacher-parent conversations and relationship whose main foci are goal-setting, action-planning, empowerment and achieving one’s potential" (St Dominic’s College, 2012) 
The Academic Coach
The academic coach facilitates this process of coaching. All teachers at St Dominic's are trained academic coaches - "A coach is a person who builds confidence, motivation and self-reliance through individualizing the teaching and implementation of study strategies to each client's needs and style. Students then learn to work smarter, not harder" (Student Organisational Services SOS, 2012)
Evidence and Research
The educational research strongly supports the involvement of parents and families in a student’s education as a major factor in educational achievement. In fact, the “Best Evidence Synthesis” research says that this can account for 40% to 65% of achievement. The NZ Schooling Strategy aims to have all students achieving to their potential. The St Dominic’s College’s Academic Coaching model supports this strategy and research. Our model takes advantage of the strong pastoral care framework and teachers as coaches.
The Process 
Introduce AC Programme --> Set two academic goals --> Term 1: First AC conversation --> Term 2: Mid-Year Reports --> Term 3: 2nd & 3rd AC conversation (Year 11-13 ) --> Term 4: 3rd AC conversation (Year 7-10 ) and Evaluation

Academic coach introduces the Academic Coaching, Ultranet and e-Portfolios. Students begin their goal-setting in the timetabled computer time. They must set SMART goals.

  • Years 7 - 9 focus target-setting in terms of reading or writing and numeracy.
  • Years 10 focus on target-setting in terms of reading or writing and numeracy and an introduction to NCEA.
  • Years 11 - 13 focus on target-setting in terms of NCEA endorsed certificates and/or endorsed subjects. They monitor their own progress by credit tracking and career planning.
During the year there will be three formal Academic Coaching conversations: 
April - First AC conference:three-way discussion between student, coach and parent(s) on the three SMART academic goal(s). This is where the students proposed actions are rationalised and refined. Further support may be required. 


July - 
Second AC conference is also between student, parents and coach. Students are self-monitoring their academic progress and working towards their goals. 

September - Third AC conversation for Year 11-13: students review and/or revise their academic goal(s) and start thinking about provisional goal/targets for next year.

November - Third AC conversation for Year 7-10: students view their end-of-year tests and start thinking about provisional goal/targets for next year.