Training Associates

Adaptive Schools & Cognitive Coaching SM


A global community of collaborators, mediators of thinking, inquirers, and leaders committed to providing rich  learning experiences for all participants.

Carolyn McKanders

Carolyn McKanders is the former Co-Director for Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars�. She is the former Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools. As an educational consultant, Carolyn specializes in individual, group and organization development. Her passion is promoting quality human relationships through communication, collaboration and leadership skills development.
Carolyn�s background includes 28 years of experience in Detroit Public Schools as a teacher, counselor and staff development specialist. Presently, she presents seminars internationally on developing Adaptive Schools and organizations, Cognitive Coaching_, enhancing presentation effectiveness, and facilitation skills. She also provides polarity management training, which supports organizations in identifying and managing competing tensions inherent in social systems.
Carolyn has extensive experience in group facilitation. She has successfully helped groups to clarify vision and work collaboratively to achieve professional community and desired results.
In addition to her work in educational settings, she is a family and women�s counselor. From her counseling experience she brings to her work a deep belief in the unlimited capacity and resilience of the human spirit.
Carolyn holds a BS degree in Child Development and Education from Michigan State University, an MA degree in Counseling and Education from the University of Michigan, and an MSW degree in Family and Children Services from Eastern Michigan University.


Litchfield Park, AZ, USA
Adaptive Schools, Cognitive CoachingSM