Professional Development For Teachers:
Communication in the School Context
A Win Win result

Session Summary

Session Presenter: Shauna Quinlivan with guest Emily Want

Session Duration: 1 Hour

Suitable For:  Primary and Secondary School Teachers

Session Overview

As in all work places the art of communication is very challenging and often results in communication breakdowns, ill will and poor productivity. As schools are dynamic places the importance of positive and productive communication is even more paramount. Communication is more than policies and procedures, meetings and newsletters.


In this presentation Shauna and Emily discuss the ‘bare bones’ of the communication process. They outline the communication cycle and how it works, the personal and physical barriers to communication, communication in the school setting (teacher/student, teacher/colleague, teacher/parent, teacher/Administration) and the need to plan those difficult conversations in order to achieve a win/win result.


Session Presenter

Shauna Quinlivan is the director of Options Education Solutions. However, Shauna comes from an education background. She has taught Home Economics, English and Vocational Education and has worked for Queensland Education, Catholic Education and the private sector.


Shauna was heavily involved in the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and in 2002 took up a position as Career and Transition Advisor in one of the twenty four Department of Education, Science and Training’s Career and Transition Pilot Projects. During this time she studied for her Masters in Education Leadership producing a thesis on lifelong learning and career development.


Shauna has been a Guidance Officer in the Logan and Brisbane regions and she understands the demands that teachers face in schools today. Her passion is sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with other teachers.


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