Symposium 2019

Thinking Collaborative Symposium

January 28 – 31, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Bob Garmston

BobGarmstonBob is Professor Emeritus, School of Education, at California State University, Sacramento and director of Facilitation Associates, an educational consulting firm specializing in leadership, learning, and organizational development. He is co-developer of Cognitive CoachingSM and co-founder of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior with Dr. Art Costa. He is co-author and co-developer of the Adaptive Schools materials with Bruce Wellman, an initiative developing collaborative groups within schools intent on strengthening student achievement.

Bob Garmston is an award-winning author of books and articles dealing with educational leadership, learning, coaching, and staff development. Formerly a teacher, principal, superintendent and curriculum director, he now consults with schools throughout North America and in Africa, South-East Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He lives near Sacramento, California, close to his five children and five (bright and cute) grandchildren.

Preconference Speaker: Adeyemi Stembridge

Stembridge PhotoAdeyemi Stembridge, PhD is an educational consultant specializing in equity-focused school-improvement. He is a coach and thought-partner to teachers and administrators with a particular interest in the design of culturally responsive systems and learning experiences for students. Prior to his current role, Dr. Stembridge was the Director of the Center for Strategic Solutions at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) in New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. At the Metro Center, he worked directly with school districts across the country to develop strategies for closing achievement gaps and improving systems for equitable outcomes.

Before coming to the Metro Center, Dr. Stembridge was a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work at NCREST largely involved research and development in a network of schools designed to improve college readiness outcomes of students.

Dr. Stembridge formerly taught English at an alternative school (grades 7-11) for students who had been expelled and suspended long-term from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia public schools. He has also served as Director of the Collaborative for Urban Education Research and Development at American University in Washington, DC, an initiative which coordinated school-reform partnerships with university faculty, community-based organizations, and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

Dr. Stembridge holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the School of Education,
Teaching, and Health at American University, a Master of Arts degree from Old Dominion University in Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norfolk State University in English.

His hometown is the Bronx, New York.



Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124, US

Cutoff date to make reservations is January 5, 2019.
Room rate is $165


2019 Symposium Schedule

Monday, January 28th
8:30 - 12:00Adaptive Schools Trainers Meetings
All AS trainers and those who have begun the co-training process
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 4:30Adaptive Schools Trainers Meetings
Tuesday, January 29th8:30 - 12:00Preconference: Adeyemi Stembridge
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 4:00Preconference continued
4:00 - 4:30Closing
5:00 - 6:00Social Gathering and Cash Bar
Symposium participants
6:00 - 8:00Dinner
Wednesday, January 30th8:30 - 12:00Symposium Keynote: Bob Garmston
Symposium participants
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 4:00Breakout sessions
4:00 - 4:30Closing
Thursday, January 31st8:30 - 12:00Cognitive Coaching SM Trainers Meeting
All CC trainers and those who have begun the co-training process
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Cognitive Coaching SM Trainers Meeting

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Registration Costs

Symposium Only – $350
Symposium and AS Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium and CC Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium, AS and CC Trainers Meeting – $450
Preconference Only – $150
Preconference and Symposium – $450

Symposium 2019 On-line Registration