Adaptive Schools Seminar

Event Date/Time: 
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 8:00am - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:30pm
Suggested Audience: 
Consultants, School Improvement Facilitators, Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Building Administrators, Central Office Administrators (*anyone who leads and facilitates groups)

A Collaborative Learning Experience presented by Steve Seward, Associate Director MASSP

This four-day training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching, and learning.

Participants will develop:

  • An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups
  • New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development
  • An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools
  • Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and 
discussion, the limitations, forms and values of each
  • Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus
  • Ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict
  • Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful 

NOTE: This a is four-day training. Participants should be attendance all four days.

Feb. 13 - Day #1
Elements of Professional Community
Becoming Adaptive
Two Ways of Talking
Organizing and Integrating

Feb. 14 - Day #2
Welcome and Inclusion
The Goal
Principles of Complex Systems
Group Member Capabilities
Working Agreements
Norms of Collaboration
Organize & Integrate

Feb. 27 - Day #3
Refresh and Reconnect
Successful Meetings
Energy Sources
Posing Questions
Structures for Successful Meetings
Organize and Integrate

Feb. 28 - Day #4
Welcome and Inclusion
Meeting Standards
Design the Surround
Prioritizing Next Steps
New Beginnings

Location Information
1001 Centennial Way
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