Summer 2015 Offerings

Lake Tahoe, California • July 20 – 24, 2015

Granlibakken Conference Center
Tahoe City, California

Check out the new offerings from Thinking Collaborative:

  • Advanced Adaptive Schools
  • Foundation Adaptive Schools
  • Deepening Identity as Collaborators and Inquirers: A Seminar for Extending Learning

 

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Thought Leader
Thinking Collaborative
CarolynMcKandersCarolyn McKanders,

Co Director
Thinking Collaborative
Carol SimoneauCarol Brooks Simoneau,

Co Director
Thinking Collaborative

Advanced Adaptive Schools Seminar

Learn how to build collaborative professional cultures that improve student achievement. This practical leadership institute immerses you in a supportive and stimulating seminar environment to explore the latest findings in developing strong professional learning communities that share collective responsibility for student learning.

You will acquire new conceptual maps, increased confidence, and expanded strategies for strengthening adult working groups. Join us to extend your skills in promoting a spirit of collective inquiry within groups, resolving conflict, developing consensus and harnessing collaborative energies toward sustained improvement.

This learning experience is specially designed for educators who conduct meetings, serve on work teams, site councils, decision-making groups and faculty committees. Site-based and district leadership teams are encour­aged to attend. Prerequisite: four-day Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar.

Outcomes

You will develop:

  • an increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning learning communities.
  • an expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools.
  • new lenses and tools for working with conflict.
  • skills for modeling and teaching patterns of professional inquiry.
  • templates and tools for teaching collaborative group skills to others.
  • strategies for intervening when individuals and groups lose focus.
  • increased influence, confidence and skills as a productive group member.

Support Trainer

Director
Thinking Collaborative

Advanced Adaptive Schools Agenda

DATE
TIME
EVENT
Sunday, July 19th
5:30pmReception
6:30pmDinner
Monday, July 20th
IDENTITY
9:00amWelcome
Review and Integration
Lab Groups
Professional Communities Learning
12:30pmLunch
Four Hats of Shared Leadership
Dialogue Levels
Dilts' Levels of Learning
Seminar Goal
Organizing & Integrating
4:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Tuesday, July 21st
DEEP SKILLS
9:00amWelcome
Norms of Collaboration Clinics
12:30pmLunch
Balancing Inquiry and Advocacy
Lab Groups Norms Assessment
Organizing & Integrating
4:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Wednesday, July 22nd
ENERGY
9:00amWelcome
Deep to Surface
Energy Sources Tools
Energy Traps
12:30pmLunch
Reflection & Recreation
Dinner on your own
Thursday, July 23rd
CONFLICT
9:00amWelcome
Conflict as a Resource
Challenges and Conflicts in Meetings
12:00pmLunch
Polarity Management
Organizing & Integrating
3:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Friday, July 24th
SUSTAINING
9:00amWelcome
Dialogue Practice
Case Study
12:00pmLunch
Facilitating Meetings
Managing Transitions
Organizing & Integrating
2:30pmAdjourn

Downloadable Agenda: ADAPTIVE SCHOOLS ADVANCED SEMINAR AGENDA 2015

Advanced Adaptive Schools On-line Registration – $1250.00

Foundation Adaptive Schools Seminar

The Foundation Adaptive Schools  Seminar will be led by Jane Ellison, Thought Leader for Thinking Collaborative.

Thought Leader
Thinking Collaborative

For schools to effectively respond to the press for accountability and provide quality learning for all students, they must simultaneously address two perennial goals. One goal is the professional development of individual educators. The second is the development of the organization’s capacity to learn and be adaptive. Both build the capacity for school improvement, without which reform efforts will fail.

In this 5-day Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar learn how to build strong, collaborative and caring work cultures, in which results-oriented staff members work together for continuous school improvement. Explore the latest practical findings in organizational development, team learning and navigating the currents of change.

Participants will learn practical frameworks and tools for developing collaborative groups that bring collective responsibility in student learning. Leaders and group members will learn ways to influence and attain more productive and satisfying meetings in which members develop new norms and skills for collegial interaction, goal clarification, problem-solving and decision-making. Working in a variety of settings, skilled and confident facilitators will increase their ability to accelerate group development.

This workshop is specially designed to support site administrators, teachers, staff developers and district and agency personnel who convene and manage work teams, site councils, shared decision making groups and faculty committees.

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

Foundation Adaptive Schools Agenda

DATE
TIME
EVENT
Sunday, July 19th
5:30pmReception
6:30pmDinner
Monday, July 20th
ENTERING THE TERRITORY
9:00amWelcome
Connecting
Improving Schools Research
Becoming "Adaptive"
12:30pmLunch
Two Ways of Talking
Norms of Collaboration
Organizing & Integrating
4:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Tuesday, July 21st
DEVELOPING GROUPS
9:00amWelcome
Reflect and Reconnect
Dynamic Principles
Group Member Capabilities
12:30pmLunch
Promoting a Spirit of Inquiry
Norms of Collaboration
Organizing & Integrating
4:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Wednesday, July 22nd
SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS
9:00amWelcome
Successful Meetings
12:30pmLunch
Reflection & Recreation
Dinner on your own
Thursday, July 23rd
MEETING STANDARDS
9:00amWelcome
Refresh and Reconnect
Meeting Standards
12:00pmLunch
Meeting Standards (Con't)
Organizing & Integrating
3:30pmAdjourn to Tahoe Gal
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Friday, July 24th
BUILDING COMMUNITY
9:00amWelcome
Refresh and Reconnect
Meeting Standards (Con't)
Focusing Four
12:00pmLunch
Moving Forward
Organizing & Integrating
2:30pmAdjourn

Downloadable Agenda: 2015 Foundation Agenda Tahoe

Foundation Adaptive Schools On-line Registration – $1050.00

 

Deepening Identity as Collaborators and Inquirers:  A Seminar for Extending Learning

This training module will be led by Training Associates Toni Prickett and Mark Ravlin.

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Extend your capacities with the Norms of Collaboration from skill set to mindset. This seminar for practitioners, facilitators, trainers, and leaders will immerse you in the concepts and skills of Adaptive Schools Seminars’ Learning Modules for all seven of the Norms of Collaboration, including the two newest Modules, Paying Attention to Self and Others and Presuming Positive Intentions. Also experience the Calibrating Conversation as a process for self-assessing for depth and consistency of engagement with the Norms as reflected on continua of proficiency.

Differentiate your learning as you use Adaptive Schools case method to apply your learning to your experience with a group in your own work setting, both analyzing experience and anticipating future engagement and improvement. Case method – no prior experience necessary – will provide a rare combination of shared vicarious experience and differentiated learning as you focus on your engagement with an actual group with whom you have worked.

Outcomes

Participants will develop:

  • Deepened shared understanding of the Norms of Collaboration.
  • Extended skills in the use of the Norms.
  • Calibrated self-assessment of practice with each of the Norms.
  • Skills in the application of Case Methods for analysis and planning.
  • Deepened understanding of how our evolving identity supports collaborative inquiry

Participation

Participants must have completed the Foundation Seminar to qualify for this seminar. Participation is highly recommended for any trainer who wishes to teach the Learning Modules for the Norms of Collaboration. The session meets the two-year recertification requirement for Agency Trainers and Training Associates in the Adaptive Schools Seminars.

Deepening Session Agenda

DATE
TIME
EVENT
Sunday, July 19th
5:30pmReception
6:30pmDinner
Monday, July 20th
PURSUING COLLABORATIVE INQUIRY

9:00amWelcome
Resources & Organization
Dialogue on Identity
Continua for Norms Self-Assessment
Calibrating Conversations
12:30pmLunch
Creating a Case
Mindfulness: Narrative & Direct Experience Circuitry
4:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Tuesday, July 21st
PAYING ATTENTION TO OTHERS
9:00amSensory Acuity
Reflective Action
Congruence
12:30pmLunch
PUTTING IDEAS ON THE TABLEMaking Thinking and Feelings Visible for Others to Take Up & Use
Self-Assessing & Calibrating
4:30pmAdjourn
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Wednesday, July 22nd
LISTENING FOR UNDERSTANDING
9:00amApplying Pausing & Paraphrasing
Self-Assessing Case Group Facilitation
12:30pmLunch
Reflection & Recreation
Dinner on your own
Thursday, July 23rd
PRESUMING POSITIVE INTENTIONS
9:00amThe Ladder of Inference
Converting Negative Energy
12:00pmLunch
CONGRUENT POSITIVE PRESUPPOSITIONSPositive Presupposition Traps
Case Group Applications
3:30pmAdjourn to Tahoe Gal
6:00pmSocial
6:30pmDinner
Friday, July 24th
PROVIDING DATA
9:00amConstructing Understanding through Authentic Application
12:00pmLunch
ORGANIZING & INTEGRATINGCase Group Look Ahead: Next Steps with Extended Learning
2:30pmAdjourn

Deepening Modules On-line Registration – $1250.00

 

Registration and Cancellations Fees

The registration fee is listed below is per person and covers attendance at the seminar, all printed material, and daily refreshments. Travel and lodging are not included.
Payment in full of the registration fee is required to reserve a space at the meeting.
Cancellation:
April 1, 2015 – 100% Refund
May 1, 2015 – 50% Refund
After June 1, 2015 – No Refund. You may send another person’s name as a replacement (no penalty applied)

Lodging

Granlibakken Conference Center
P.O. Box 6329
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Telephone: 800–543–3221

Lodging reservations must be made directly with Granlibakken Conference Center. You can book a room by:

  • using Granlibakken’s on-line reservation system on their Web site (new window). The link to the reserva­tions section of the site is in the upper right corner of the home page.

or

  • calling 800–543–3221 and pressing “0” for a front desk reservation agent. Reservation agents are available 7:00 AM–11:00 PM.

If you have booking questions, you can call the telephone number above or contact a Granlibakken reservation agent via e-mail at reservations@granlibakken.comWhen making your reservation, be sure to ask for the Adaptive Schools Advanced Seminar room rates.

We recommend making lodging reservations early to ensure your ability to reserve a room.