CREATING A DELIBERATELY DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL CULTURE
How do you motivate and inspire your staff to continually grow and develop? How can you infuse positive energy into all aspects of your program’s culture? How do you embrace change and re-connect with your passion for your work? These are the questions and dilemmas we will explore through reflective, interactive and engaging learning experiences. You will acquire new skills and be inspired to holistically support the professional growth and development of your teachers. You will gain a new perspective on your leadership practices, and leave refreshed and recharged with a clear vision for bringing positive changes to your daily work and learning community.
FACILITATING IMPACTFUL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Are you ready to take your training to a new level? In this highly interactive workshop you will gain new strategies to engage participants in their own learning. We will explore a variety of reflective practices and resources to inspire you to take a fresh perspective on how you design and deliver your training. Discover how to integrate adult learning theory and multiple intelligences into your presentations to make your trainings more valuable and relevant. Whether you are a director who facilitates staff meetings, a facilitator of professional development or professional learning communities, or a college instructor, you will come away with new ideas and techniques to create inspiring and engaging training experiences that will help participants put their new knowledge into practice.
CREATING VISION FOCUSED STAFF MEETINGS
It all starts with a vision! Learn how to create, plan, organize and conduct staff meetings that bring your vision for positive programmatic change to life! Engaging interactive experiences will help you understand how to consider and respect the unique needs of adult learners, and how to incorporate your staff’s individual learning styles and talents into staff meetings that are vibrant and productive. You will leave with an expanded repertoire of strategies to make your staff meetings more meaningful and relevant.
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: A POWERFUL PROCESS FOR SUPPORTING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Positive thinking leads to positive change! The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process is a strength-based method for imagining, designing and developing both personal and organizational change. A clear overview of the five principles of AI and the 4 D Model will be introduced and examined. We will explore the power of questions and discover how to engage all stakeholders in powerful dialogues. You will leave with new skills that you will be able to immediately apply to your professional work.
OVERCOME YOUR IMMUNITY TO CHANGE
Change is hard, and something that we tend to avoid. In this experiential, interactive presentation you will identify the goals you would like to achieve and uncover your own “immune” system, allowing you to discover how to break the grip on your immunity to change. You will leave with a new perspective on how to approach the change process, and a renewed clarity on how to move forward with positive changes to enhance your professional life and your program.
This training is based on the book Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.
STRENGTH-BASED COACHING TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Discover how to increase your engagement with staff and support their successful professional growth through strength-based coaching techniques. We will examine coaching frameworks and reflective practices that enhance your leadership, and provide the tools you need to formulate new strategies to supervise, mentor, and inspire your staff and enrich your program. Our emphasis is on the importance of developing a clear vision and leadership skills that give you the ability and confidence to work effectively with a wide range of staff and families.
*This training is approved for 1 CEU if it is presented as a 10 hour series.
TRANSFORMING PROGRAM QUALITY THROUGH FOCUSED INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP
The following four workshops can be taken as a 10 hour series for 1 CEU, or can be presented as single workshop sessions.
Engaging in Continuous Quality Improvement
A well-developed Program Improvement Plan is the starting point for creating a culture of continuous quality improvement in early childhood programs. Learn how to assess the strengths and areas needing growth for all aspects of your program, and consistently take the necessary steps to facilitate positive changes. You will be guided through a series of exercises to formulate the foundation of a Program Improvement Plan tailored to the specific needs of your program.
Creating Effective Professional Development Plans
Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) are an essential component for improving program quality. Discover the importance of each teacher and administrator having a relevant plan to inspire and facilitate his or her own professional growth, and how the implementation of these plans provides a basis for enhancing the quality of the program. We will engage in hands-on activities to clarify action steps you can take to develop and support meaningful and effective professional development plans.
Using Strength-Based Coaching Techniques
In this interactive session you will have the opportunity to explore coaching frameworks and reflective practices that facilitate increased engagement with staff. You will learn new strategies and techniques to support you in successfully facilitating your staff’s professional growth. We will be sharing a variety of coaching activities, scripts, and lists of empowering questions designed to help you practice your new coaching skills.
Supporting Transformational Change
Explore your role as a leader during ever-changing times. You will gain insight into key practices and core knowledge critical to lead through shifting standards and priorities. We will engage in an experiential, interactive process to identify goals you would like to achieve, uncover your own “immune” system, and discover how to break the grip on your immunity to change. This workshop is based on the book Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey.
DIRECTING WITH VISION AND CLARITY
Together we will discover new strategies for connecting your vision and core values with the day-to-day operation of your program. Through discussion and interactive experiences we will explore the topics of intentionality, vision statements, personal action plans, time management, fundamental coaching skills, and assessing and enhancing the culture and climate of your program. You will come away with new energy and purpose to motivate and inspire your staff, children and families.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS – WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY DO THEY MATTER?
We have many goals for the children in our programs – but what about for our own professional development? Learn how to create a clear vision for your ongoing professional development and the action steps necessary to ensure your progress. We will engage in a variety of reflective activities that clarify how your core values and beliefs can shape your professional development journey, and how having a strong professional development plan can have a positive impact on your program quality.