Whether you support teachers full time or work as part of a school improvement team, success means knowing how to work together productively, manage conflict, communicate clearly, and collaborate effectively.
We can help.
Click on each of the program titles below for detailed descriptions. To learn more or schedule a session at your school, contact us.
Building a High-Performing Team
Whether you are a team leader or a contributing member, we have all faced the challenges of working with others for a shared purpose. This program explores the stages of team development and looks at the critical decisions, behaviors, and communications to move from forming and storming to harmonious and high-performing.
Packed with a wide range of practical hands-on tools, participants reflect on their current practices and enhance their skills in managing group dynamics, influencing without authority, and planning for success through the development of team norms, shared goals, action plans, and communication systems.
Meeting, Time and Project Management
All of us, at one time or another, has felt that "there's just not enough time in the day" or that we're just "too busy" to manage everything. This session intends to help participating teachers escape from time traps and make better use of our most limited resources - time.
In this program, we look at the practical side of management and leadership of ourselves and others. Participants will learn ways to analyze their own time management and find ways to improve; consider the fundamentals of meeting management and practice skills that keep teams on task, ensure everyone is heard and develop positive group behaviors; and focus on backward planning for project implementation.
Building and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
Effective school leaders have been drawing on the power of collaborative teams for decades. PLCs are today being used by schools to make significant impacts on the achievement of their learners.
This program explores how successful PLCs work, in addition to offering practical steps and templates for assessing, starting and developing a PLC. Participants gain insights into the power of trust-building, formative assessment and leadership in the provision of CPD for staff in building and sustaining processes for continuous improvement of student learning.
Managing Conflict and Fostering Collaboration
Conflict is an essential and ever-present part of our daily lives. And yet, many of us work hard to avoid conflict in order to establish or maintain harmony, even when it is counterproductive. Drawing insights from the latest research on emotional and interpersonal intelligence, this program will help you build relationships that can overcome conflicts of all sizes productively.
In this program, participants explore the positive and negative effects of conflict, styles and behaviors for managing conflict, and learn to identify and managing the dynamics in different types of conflict. In the end, we can learn to analyze conflicts and generate strategies to produce positive outcomes and successful resolutions.
Facilitating CPD and Professional Learning for Educators
It is widely accepted that the best teachers are learning professionals – professionals that put the learning of their students at the heart of everything they do. These teachers grasp any opportunities to learn with both hands and engage in collaborative activities whenever engaged. The sad truth is that many institutions are yet to provide an extensive range of CPD opportunities to staff – despite the research that shows the links between teacher performance, CPD and student outcomes.
This program explores the realities of facilitating wider professional learning for educators – from providing resources to creating a CPD unit. Participants will be exposed to best practice models and the type of prerequisites and ongoing support that make them successful.
Improving Curriculum and Assessment Literacy
As teachers and teaching teams advance in their careers, they can be supported through a range of resources and training opportunities. However, we find very few of these in the areas of curriculum and assessment – and even fewer that help teachers raise their own literacy level in these challenging areas of specialization.
Our curriculum and assessment literacy program is developed specifically for educators that wish to broaden their understanding of core concepts in curriculum development and assessment practices. Participants are challenged to explore their own beliefs in these two critical areas and reflect on how effectively they are "walking their talk." The program also provides specific support and advice on how schools might advance their own curriculum and assessment renewal efforts.