Adaptive Schools Seminar

Maximizing Capacity in Individuals and Organizations

Looking for a researched-based approach to professional collaboration that will impact student achievement?

About Adaptive Schools® Seminars


The goal of Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the collective identity and capacity of organization members as collaborators and inquirers and leaders.


Human organizations and individuals can be adapted to a specific niche or can become adaptive, flexing to meet the challenges of a changing world. To be adaptive means to change form while clarifying identity. Form can be the ways we structure our organizations and the ways in which we do our work. New challenges require new and increasingly flexible forms. Identity is about who we believe we are as an organization and as professionals.

School-wide improvements in student learning accrue in schools whose work cultures are collaborative. The growing body of work on the impact of collaborative adult professional cultures in schools offers a positive and productive means for organizing the work of on-going school improvement. In such cultures, professionals learn to talk about the hard-to-talk-about details of learning, teaching, assessment and the cumulative effects of their work with students.

Productive teams are developed, not born.

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
  • An understanding of how to use the materials provided to continue learning and implement what was learned
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Trainer - Michele De Bellis

Michele De Bellis strives to support the transformation of systems by prioritizing professional development. Central to all of her work is a commitment to support self-directedness. Michele is a certified Training Associate for Thinking Collaborative—providing professional development in Cognitive CoachingSM and Adaptive Schools Seminars. Michele also designs and leads professional development for the Institute for Habits of Mind as the North American Affiliate and Director of Professional Development.

She has been a special education teacher, district administrator and most recently Director of a K-16 partnership at the University of Texas at El Paso in literacy, mathematics and science focused on issues of equity and school reform through professional development. These experiences and opportunities reflect Michele’s passion and belief that systems can transform into cohesive and intentional organizations that not only effect students’ self-directedness and critical thinking processes, but also the delivery by and sustainability of these attributes through well trained and supported adults

Location and First Day Starting:

Monday, June 25th 2018 at 8am-3pm

Genesee Intermediate School District, 2413 West Maple Avenue, Flint, MI

Erwin L. Davis Education Center

Room ABCD for all four sessions

  • Monday, June 25, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch provided

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