Adaptive Schools Seminar

Developing and Facilitating Collaborative Groups

Learn how to build and sustain strong collaborative and caring work cultures, where results-oriented people work together for continuous school improvement.

Leaders and group members will learn ways to influence and attain more productive and satisfying meetings in which members develop new skills for collegial interaction, goal clarification, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and decision-making.

Participants will receive a certificate from Thinking Collaborative, a national organization, for developing:

  • An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups
  • Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, using the skills of Norms of Collaboration
  • 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

Who can attend?

This seminar is specially designed to support site administrators, teachers, district and agency personnel / facilitators and staff developers who convene and manage work groups, site councils, shared decision-making groups and faculty meetings!

In other words, this seminar is for anyone who leads, facilitates or participates in collaborative groups or PLCs!

Why Attend?

For schools to effectively respond to accountability and provide quality learning for all students, they must simultaneously address two ongoing goals:

  1. Professional development of its individual educators;
  2. Development of the organization's capacity to learn and be be adaptive.

BOTH build the capacity for school improvement.

Learn how to build strong, collaborative and caring work cultures! Learn and apply multiple strategies in different ways of talking and collaborative norms to have productive deliberations, interactions, and collaborative decisions that stay made.

Adaptive Schools is the “HOW” of professional learning communities!

Lebanon Staff Development Center - Lebanon High School


Time: 8am - 3:30pm


  • October 16
  • November 19
  • January 22
  • February 19