The Adaptive Schools Foundation and Advanced Seminars present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning.
KEY AUDIENCE: Anyone who facilitates groups or wants to help teams become more collaborative.
The Adaptive Schools Foundation and Advanced Seminars present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the resources and capacities of the organization and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society.
The 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.
Learners attending this institute can expect to:
- Gain an increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups. New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development.
- Learn skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus and an expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools.
- Understand how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations, forms and values of each.
- Learn ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict and strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful.
FACILITATORDoreen Merola is a consultant, Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, and Training Associate. Doreen was an English teacher for over 35 years and she taught everything from academic intervention to advanced placement. She has a B.S. from State University of New York at Oswego in English/secondary education, did graduate work in diagnostic and prescriptive reading, and received an M.S. in English Education Advanced Study from Syracuse University. As the ELA Content Specialist for the Solvay Union Free School District – a teacher leadership role – she was in charge of curriculum, assessment, data analysis, professional development, facilitation, mentoring, and AIS for grades 4 through 12. Doreen is a national Training Associate for Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, and Habits of Mind and also provides professional development in curriculum writing and unit design.
Doreen considers herself to be extremely fortunate because she has been mentored by Art Costa, Bena Kallick, Bob Garmston, and Michael Dolcemascolo. Doreen holds memberships in ASCD, NCTE, NYSSDC and other professional organizations.
| Early-Bird Rate
|| US$ 595
|| US$ 615
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| Full Registration
|| US$ 615
|| US$ 635
|| US$ 635
Early-Bird Date: 29th September 2018
Cancellation Date: 28th October 2018
The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ)
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Visa and Health
Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.
Hotel Name: City Lodge Hotel
Physical Address: Cnr Montecasino Boulevard & Witkoppen Roads; Fourways, Johannesburg.
Phone No: +27 11 244 6000
Accommodation Rate (Bed & Breakfast)
|| Weekday (Mon-Thur)
|| ZAR 1,537.59
|| ZAR 952.80
|| ZAR 1,998.52
|| ZAR 1,117.80
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Hotel – School Transport
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