Adaptive Schools Seminar

Maximizing Capacity in Individuals and Organizations

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

To meet the educational needs of all students, schools must have a culture of learning and be able to build leadership capacity.


Schools in which faculty members feel a collective responsibility for student learning produce greater learning gains than do schools in which teachers work as isolated practitioners. Teachers in Adaptive Schools are successfully responsive to the changing needs of students, standards, and curriculum demands.


The work of the Center for Adaptive Schools is informed by research in the new sciences, integrating this work with change models, best educational practices, learning theory, and research on group and adult development.


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 - Jane Ellison, Executive Co-Director

Jane is Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars®. She is the former Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Coaching. She provides training and consultation in the areas of Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, change and transition, quality professional and organizational development, curriculum development, effective instruction, supervision, and facilitation.


Jane has experience as a teacher at the elementary and graduate school levels, as a principal, and a director of elementary education. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Sciences from Southern Methodist University, an M.Ed. in Elementary Supervision from the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. in Administration from Virginia Tech. She is licensed as a teacher and supervisor in Texas and as an administrator in Colorado and Illinois. Jane’s experiences include teaching graduate classes in South America, attending the Principals’ Institutes at Columbia Teachers’ College and Harvard University, and chairing the Board of Directors of the Principals' Center at the University of Colorado. She is also a certified teacher and Principal Perceiver Specialist.


Location and First Day Starting:

Tuesday, April 1st, 8am-3pm

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

Erwin L. Davis Education Center

Room ABCD
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