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Three Keys to Effective Type Exercises @ British Association for Psychological Type
Apr 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Making type visible through exercises is a key tool for helping individuals and team improve their ability to communicate, collaborate, and change. However, there is a world of difference between conducting an exercise and facilitating it successfully to reach the goal of changing people’s mindsets. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to choose the “right” exercise, form groups (especially when not all types are present), and debrief the experience. These key principles of successful facilitation will be introduced through short lectures. Participants will discuss them in small groups and have a chance to ask everything they’ve always wanted to ask about how to ensure that they get the results they need. The group will then engage in a deep exercise designed to explore the core differences between Sensing and Intuition and foster better communication. They will then debrief the facilitator moves and how to use the exercise in different organizational settings.

Thinking and Feeling, Masculinity and Feminity @ British Association for Psychological Type
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Type practitioners know that biases around what cultures value in each gender—and how we stereotype both the ideal and how we lambast “deviant” behavior in men and women—often has its roots in the Thinking and Feeling functions. These gender roles limit everyone from reaching full potential. Type development depends on first being grounded in who we are and then stretching when situations, goals, or the needs of others require it. In this interactive workshop we’ll work together to understand masculinity and femininity as interdependent values sets that are in play regardless of our gender, action steps to celebrating these values in everyone, and the purposes we can shine light on to change public discourse about men and women, especially in leadership.

Critical Thinking Strategies @ 9th Annual Hormel Gifted and Talented Symposium
Jun 12 @ 4:33 pm – Jun 14 @ 5:33 pm

Providing high-level cognitive tasks is a major strategy for supporting gifted students, whether in the regular classroom or through other services. However, only about 40 percent of high-level tasks are actually implemented at a high level. Research reveals common patterns in how teachers inadvertently decrease the cognitive demands through their methods of questioning, scaffolding, allocating class time, and more. In this workshop, participants will experience high-level collaborative tasks; learn to identify the differences between tasks that are merely hard versus those that require critical thinking skills; and explore the common factors that maintain cognitive demands of a task as well as those that decrease rigor. They will then work with an implementation strategy guide to plan for classroom facilitation of a high-level task.

An Administrator’s Guide to Identifying Gifted Education Priorities @ 9th Annual Hormel Gifted and Talented Symposium
Jun 12 @ 4:35 pm – Jun 14 @ 5:35 pm

Building a learning community’s capacity to support the academic and social/emotional needs of gifted students is a major, ongoing effort. And you can’t do it all—all of the NAGC standards for programming—at least not all at once. Further, there is no “right” place to begin or perfect program to copy. Instead, each community benefits by understanding its own culture, needs, strengths, and more. Participants will begin the journey of determining their top priorities for gifted education by: exploring the many facets of gifted education; learning about special considerations of rural gifted education programs that serve students from diverse cultures; using gifted education paradoxes to build consensus around priorities; and learning to identify and avoid biases in planning to meet student needs.

Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences @ Swan and Dolphin Hotel & Resort, Orlando, Florida
Dec 2 all-day

Learn how to examine new initiatives, strategies, curriculum and more for polarities — conflicting set of values that over time need each other. Understand how to “map” the values and fears of various stakeholders. Then, experience how using that information to plan professional development, determine action steps, and identify potential implementation imbalances can channel the energy being lost to resistance and debate into positive energy for moving forward toward common goals.

Participants will:

  • Gain basic understanding of polarities — what they are, how to spot them, and how constant changes in policies are frequently the result of treating them as problems to solve rather than polarities needing ongoing attention
  • Learn how to map polarities, paying attention to the positive and negative results of focusing on each pole
  • Work with both a 5-step process for leveraging the energy each side expends on bolstering their own positions into positive action steps that will move the system or organization toward a common greater purpose.
  • Learn how to facilitate key exercises that they can use with their own teams.