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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.

Michael Dolcemascolo

Michael Dolcemascolo is the former Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching SeminarsSM. An independent consultant, Michael regularly presents workshops to educators on Cognitive CoachingSM, Adaptive Schools, as well as presentation and facilitation skills to national and international audiences.

Michael delightfully spends much of his energy mentoring coaches and facilitators who wish to become agency trainers for their systems, and also regularly facilitates groups that are planning, problem-resolving, and engaging in change.

Michael is co-author with Robert Garmston of the Storytelling Study Companion (Corwin, 2019), the Study Group Facilitation Guide for The Presenter's Fieldbook (Rowman Littlefield, 2018), The Focusing Four: A Consensus Seeking Activity DVD Viewers Guide and Dialogue DVD Viewers Guide (Center for Adaptive Schools, 2009). With Carolyn McKanders, Michael has co-authored the Developing Collaborative Groups Study Guide, and co-edited the Adaptive Schools Foundation Workshop Learning Guide (Thinking Collaborative, 2017).
A former English teacher, Michael taught at all levels from Kindergarten through grade 12, and became a professional development specialist for 20 years. He served as Assistant Director of Staff Development at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services, providing professional training to the 23 school districts surrounding the city of Syracuse in Central New York.

Michael holds BA degrees in Religious Studies and in English from Montclair State University, an MA in Cultural Symbol Systems from Syracuse University's Department of Religion and a CAS in Educational Administration from the State University of New York, Cortland.

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