Getting Others on Board (Secondary)

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia
Award winning educator
Get others involved in the changes you and your students want to make at your school (whether it be educational, environmental or social).
Target Audience
Teachers, principals, school leaders, parents and others working with secondary schools.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

‘Getting Others on Board’ explores how to involve other people in implementing change (whether it be educational, social or environmental) in your school.

In this course, you will access and experiment with a range of tools that help enable people in your community to do things they’ve never done before. You will learn more about:

  • Working with the elements of change.
  • Communicating with different types of people.
  • Building interest and momentum.
  • Identifying potential barriers and how to overcome them.

You will be encouraged to apply your learning during the course through a range of practical activities, which can be then be shared with students and colleagues.

This course is also suitable for organisations and government agencies that are supporting secondary schools with change projects.


Teachers, principals, school leaders, parents and others working with secondary schools.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

>> This 6 hour online professional development is open for 6 weeks.
We recommend you allocate some time in your calendar, in advance, to enjoy the activities and get the most out of the course.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (NSW) at this time.


1. Introduction

25 minutes

Read about course requirements, meet your group and consider what you already know about change.

2. Knowing Your People

1 hour and 15 minutes

Find out how values and attitudinal groups affect the way people respond to change. Go on a fact-finding mission.

3. It's All in the Message

1 hour and 30 minutes

Investigate whether facts really do motivate people to change. Analyse communication by watching a range of ads. Use the ‘Made to Stick’ model to improve your communication.

4. Expanding the Comfort Zone

55 minutes

Explore the factors that help people move slowly out of their comfort zone and embrace change.

5. Maintaining Momentum

1 hour

Identify what is already working and why. Consider how to set realistic goals for yourself and others. Find out if incentives and rewards really work. Identify how you might celebrate the big and the small steps to change.

6. Reflection

45 minutes

Use a narrative planning tool to apply your learning, think about overcoming obstacles, reflect on what you’ve learnt during the course.

Further Study

No duration specified

After you’ve completed the course, you are welcome to explore these bonus lessons to deepen your learning.

User Rating


Latest Reviews

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Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Stephanie Ruggiero on 14/12/2016

Great course. Very valuable concepts that can be applied quite broadly. Easy to navigate course content.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Sue Parish on 06/12/2016

The course was easy to follow, understand and had really good ideas.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Sharon Draper on 29/09/2016

A straight forward and practical course. Online method is great for regional teachers and can be done when it suits you at your own pace – do it bit by bit or all at once. I was really pleased to find the content so engaging!

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Jim Kalathas on 29/09/2016

The course drove home how to bring about change in a variety of situations. The different parameters that exist and how to effectively overcome obstacles that might get in the way of our mission.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Jade Gibson on 05/07/2016

This course introduced some very interesting concepts to me which included personality types and fundamental human behavior around the concept of change. It was an eye-opening experience to unpack the different types of workers and delve into their objectives and modus operandi. By understanding people and their goals / fears it helps with planning for change as they are considered from the get go. There were some really helpful tools given to us which can be easily applied to different scenarios of possible change – both large and small, individual and group.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Izac Sadler on 05/07/2016

Allows you to rethink about implementing change.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Jonathan Handley on 02/05/2016

Achievable, applicable, adaptable. This is the best online course I have done. There is excellent continuity between the very practical yet challenging and succinct sections.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Jane Ward on 02/02/2016

I thought the course was easy to follow and had good resources. I would have liked a weekly prompt to do the tasks as I found it easy to fall behind. However, this is more a fault of mine than the course and I was given a short extension to finish the course.

Getting Others on Board (Secondary)
by Megan Altenburg on 02/02/2016

"Great resources. Quick and supportive feedback.Very clearly set out.
No technical issues in access"

Getting Others on Board - Secondary
by Pamela Farrelly on 13/10/2015

The course provide diverse reference sources with You Tube clips, reading materials and TedTalks. These materials helped to maintain interest and the choice of speakers and articles gave me much to think about in terms of my current knowledge and the ways I need to approach my work in future.

About the team

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia


Kirsty helps teachers grow in their profession. She is the Head of Professional Development at Cool Australia, inspiring hundreds of educators each year. Kirsty shares her 15+ years of teaching and training experience. In her courses, she creates a dynamic space for teachers to be creative and curious. She builds teacher confidence and makes information relevant, helpful and powerful. Kirsty also has a background in communication and talking to people about change.

Cool Australia


Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.