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Leadership Workshops

Leadership Workshops


ENHANCING LEADERSHIP SKILLS

In this interactive, multi-session workshop, educators will learn how to develop and strengthen key skills for supervision and powerful leadership. Topics such as observation, giving constructive feedback, developing individualized professional development plans, and conducting effective staff meetings will be covered in this rewarding course.

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A POWERFUL PROCESS FOR RESTORING HOPE AND SUPPORTING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH!

Positive thinking leads to positive changes! By developing a clear understanding of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a strength-based method for imagining, designing, and developing both personal and organizational change, leaders can take a new approach to aligning with quality initiatives. The AI process will provide a new lens for leaders to see the best of their organizations and teaching staff.

DIRECTING WITH VISION AND CLARITY

This unique workshop series is designed to re-energize you and help you shift to a more positive and inspiring way of managing your program. Upon completion of this workshop, you will return to your program with new ideas and strategies for deeply connecting your vision and core values with the teachers, children, and families in your program. Specific topic areas include intentionality, creating a vision statement and personal action plan, time management that focuses on your key goals, motivating and inspiring staff, fundamental coaching skills, and assessing and enhancing the culture and climate of early childhood programs.

This course is approved for 1.0 CEU (10 hours).

This workshop can be presented in multiple sessions or as a two-day leadership retreat.

OVERCOME YOUR IMMUNITY TO CHANGE!

Through an experiential, interactive process, participants will identify goals they would like to achieve, uncover their own “immune” systems, and discover how to break the grip on their immunity to change. This workshop is based on the book Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey and the presenter is a certified Immunity to Change coach.

STRENGTH-BASED COACHING TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

Participants will be introduced to coaching frameworks and reflective practices that facilitate increased engagement with staff and support their successful professional growth! In the workshop, participants formulate new strategies to supervise, mentor, and inspire the teachers in their programs as they align with quality initiatives.

This workshop series emphasizes the importance of developing a clear vision and the leadership skills to effectively work with a wide range of staff and families from diverse cultures, beliefs, and language abilities. This series is open to all early education professionals who supervise and support teachers, family child care providers, or out-of-school time educators.

This course is approved for 1.0 CEU (10 hours).

LEADERSHIP BOOK GROUP – EVOCATIVE COACHING

This four-part series for early childhood and out-of-school time leaders focuses on implementing a coaching/mentoring strategy for staff, improving staff performance, enriching relationships with colleagues, and unleashing positive energy at work. Get ready for an important course to launch your leadership potential!

CREATING STAFF MEETINGS THAT REFLECT THE VISION FOR YOUR PROGRAM

It all starts with a vision, and in this workshop, you will learn how to create, plan, organize, and conduct staff meetings that promote growth and change. You will learn how to consider and respect adult learning styles with multiple intelligences. Expanding your repertoire of meeting strategies will also be an important learning point from this workshop.

THE UPWARD SPIRAL: IGNITING PASSION, INTENTIONALITY, AND ENGAGEMENT!

This workshop can be customized for teachers and whole school presentations.

Positive strength-based energy is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs. The stress of new initiatives and standards can drain the energy of directors and teachers, creating a school community where low levels of engagement become the norm. Focused, intentional, and inspirational leadership will support the development of a vibrant learning community where all children, teachers, and adults can thrive.

Drawing from current research on positivity, school transformation, strength-based leadership, and mindfulness, this workshop will provide insight into the multitude of benefits that come with creating a vibrant, engaging, and strength-based learning environment. Through this workshop, participants will learn to see new possibilities, develop strategies for overcoming setbacks, and build a resource kit to guide them on the rewarding path of inspirational leadership. Each participant will be actively engaged in reflective learning activities that will build his or her understanding of the techniques they can use to create a flourishing learning community.

CHANGE LEADERSHIP SERIES: ENHANCING QUALITY THROUGH VISION-FOCUSED PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS

This course can be customized to meet the needs of the leadership group. Ideally, it is presented in eight two-hour sessions.

Through this leadership series, participants will gain insight into the key practices and core knowledge necessary to lead during ever-changing times. Topics explored will include the leader’s role in communicating, setting direction, managing change, employing strategic thinking, developing action plans, using assessment data to support change, coaching, mentoring, and inspiring others.

The overarching goal of this series is to guide leaders in developing the necessary skills and engaging them with resources to support their staff and program through periods of change. This series will provide resources that align with the Massachusetts QRIS standards, as well as other state and national quality initiatives.

TRANSFORMING PROGRAM QUALITY THROUGH FOCUSED INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Four-part series or can be customized for one, two, or three sessions

This four-part workshop series will guide leaders in facilitating impactful changes in the quality of their programs. Drawing from current research on positivity, school transformation, strength-based leadership, and mindfulness, Transforming Program Quality provides a fresh new perspective for enhancing all aspects of quality in early childhood programs. The following four sessions are designed to inspire and guide early childhood leaders in creating vibrant and highly engaged learning communities where ongoing professional growth guides program-wide quality transformations:

Session One: Engage in Continuous Quality Improvement

Effectively advancing positive change requires leaders to assess the strengths and areas of growth for all aspects of their program and then consistently take the steps necessary to facilitate the changes. A well-developed Program Improvement Plan is the starting point for creating a culture of continuous quality improvement in early childhood programs. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises that will form the foundation of a Program Improvement Plan for their program.

Session Two: Creating Professional Development Plans

Learn how Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP’s) are an essential component for improving the quality of programs. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the importance of each teacher and administrator having a relevant and engaging plan to inspire his or her own professional growth. Participate in activities that clarify the action steps necessary for developing and supporting meaningful professional development plans.

Session Three: Use Strength-Based Coaching Techniques

This workshop provides a rich interactive overview of coaching frameworks and reflective practices that facilitate increased engagement with staff. New techniques and strategies will be shared that will support leaders in successfully facilitating the professional growth of their teachers. Numerous coaching activities, scripts, and lists of empowering questions designed to help school leaders practice their new coaching skills and techniques will be shared.

Session Four: Supporting Transformational Change

This interactive workshop will guide you in attaining insight into the key practices and core knowledge necessary to lead during ever-changing times. We will explore the leader’s role in establishing communication, setting direction, managing change, employing strategic thinking, and developing action plans. Through an experiential, interactive process, participants will identify goals they would like to achieve, uncover their own “immune” systems, and discover how to break the grip on their immunity to change. This workshop is based on the book Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey and the presenter is a certified Immunity to Change coach.