School-wide improvements in student learning accrue in schools whose work cultures are collaborative, however, most schools are not organized culturally or structurally to meet the demands of student needs and increased external accountability.
The work of the Center for Adaptive Schools is to develop the resources and capacities of the organization and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and the changing needs of society. The growing body of work on the power 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.
Cooperating School Districts is offering an Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar with Toni Prickett October 25-26 & November 15-16, 2012. Toni is a national training associate for the Center for Cognitive Coaching, and consults with the Center for Adaptive Schools. During her four-day seminar, she will discuss:
- Entering the Territory on day 1
- Developing Groups on day 2
- Meetings Inside and Out on day 3
- Conflict and Community on day 4
Toni facilitates professional development in the areas of coaching, trust, thinking skills, and building leadership capacity among teachers. These all-day trainings are located at Cooperating School Districts’ offices on 8225 Florissant Road in St. Louis, Missouri. Register for this workshop online at www.csd.org/pd_programs. Price includes four sessions, lunch, and materials, and is $525 for CSD members; $650 for non-members.