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Yes, education is all about our students, but we need energized, effective teachers with the deep motivation that self-efficacy provides. Learn how the framework of differentiated coaching fosters a “both/and” of focusing on student learning while also meeting teacher needs during the very difficult process of changing classroom practices. Identify a few key ways you can influence teachers who just don’t think like you to embrace the practices that help students thrive.
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.
- 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.
Learning Forward Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
Leadership “soft” skills such as emotional intelligence are at least as important as “hard” skills—yet are often both undervalued and harder to master. Explore your current effectiveness with four key components of emotional intelligence. Assess your current brain energy and bandwidth—your willpower, patience and concentration capacity—and the practices that will help you and your staff be more energized, efficient, effective and engaged.