Successful educators are nimble. They face the daily barrage of new challenges with optimism, stamina, and a shared value in collaboration. The Adaptive Schools® Foundations Seminar teaches educators how to create a school environment that is able to evolve to meet the ever-changing demands of public education. From examining teacher practice to highly collaborative groups, trust is the foundation of this work. This seminar supports individuals and groups as they seek to orchestrate highly successful school environments.
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
Carolyn McKanders background includes 28 years of experience in Detroit Public Schools as a teacher, counselor and staff development specialist. Currently, she presents seminars internationally on developing Adaptive Schools, enhancing presentation effectiveness, facilitation skills, and Cognitive CoachingSM. She also provides Polarity Management® training, which supports organizations in identifying and managing competing tensions inherent in social systems. As an educational consultant, Carolyn specializes in individual, group and organization development. Her passion is promoting quality human relationships through communication, collaboration and leadership skills development.
Carolyn has extensive experience in group facilitation. She has successfully helped groups to clarify vision and work collaboratively to achieve professional community and desired results. In addition to her work in educational settings, she is a family and women’s counselor. From her counseling experience she brings to her work a deep belief in the unlimited capacity and resilience of the human spirit.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in child development and education from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts Degree in counseling and education from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Social Work Degree in family and children services from Eastern Michigan University.
Event Registration Cancellation Policy
Transfer: Registrations are transferrable, but not refundable. Substitutions for persons attending can be made up to one day in advance of the event without charge.
Cancellation by Participant: No refunds will be given, but a voucher for attendance at another Institute for Excellence in Education event will be offered, and will be valid for one full year.
Cancellation by IEE: In the event of circumstances beyond its control, the Institute for Excellence in Education reserves the right to amend or cancel any event. If the Institute for Excellence in Education cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.
May 22, 23 & June 13, 14, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Institute for Excellence in Education
711 W. Pickard St.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Teachers and Administrators
Includes materials and lunch.
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