Educational Leadership

Professional Developoment and Workshops

Available Online or On-Site

Does your educational leadership empower stakeholders to pull towards a collective vision for deeper learning?

Our workshops help you empower students and teachers to engage in high-quality learning.

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PD Alignment and Refinement

Using an inquiry approach participants will refine and clarify their district or school purpose and vision by creating a Mission Question. Using this approach leaders will develop a deeper understanding of what leaders and all community stakeholders need to know and do in order to meet this challenge. With clarity around the Mission/Purpose and Vision participants will begin the alignment of their PD Actions with tools and processes to critique and revise where necessary. Participants will leave with a school or district professional development plan that includes teacher voice and buy-in and is sustainable.

Read: How To Avoid Pointless Professional Development

Collaborative Leadership Academy

The Collaborative Leadership Academy engages school leaders in professional learning focused on building community to improve our practice and results for students. This multi-day initial workshop with built-in coaching, support, and followup for sustainability seeks to answer these questions and more:

  • Where does a leader’s charisma fit in a PLC culture?
  • What principles of adult learning do you need to know and use?
  • How do you lead change through continuous improvement and innovation?
  • How can you leverage staff involvement in important decisions and allocate resources to maximize effectiveness?

People and Processes | Learn how to:

  • Maximize team effectiveness
  • Build better relationships
  • Focus staff meetings on learning
  • Engage adult learners

Tools and Tips | Learn how to:

  • Use continuous improvement to actually improve
  • Better allocate resources
  • Leverage principles of student learning

Change and Sustainability | Learn how to:

  • Effectively Lead Change
  • Use Principles of Sustainability

Developing Sustainable PBL

Engaging with the PBL process, school leaders and stakeholders will design a sustainable PBL implementation plan for their school or district. Using this approach leaders will develop a deeper understanding of the basics of quality PBL and how to align this work around Mission/Purpose and Vision. Recommended as a starting point prior to capacity building Foundations of PBL Workshops for teachers. This workshop is most impactful when including key administrators and teacher-leaders as well as community business and industry partners and even students.

Read: 7 Questions To Guide Your PBL Implementation Plan

Creating a Culture of Conversation

This workshop will help leadership teams learn how to help their students, themselves, and colleagues engage in uncomfortable and potentially divisive conversations. By applying the democratic ideals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution workshop participants will gain a better understanding of what it takes to create a culture of conversation that helps navigate the complexities of difficult and often divisive topics by engaging in dialogue with best practices. Leveraging inquiry teaching and learning, participants will build the skills that help discover truth instead of reinforcing ideology and beliefs in ways that support a healthier democracy through heterodox thinking.

Read: We Should Teach About Uncomfortable Ideas, Here’s How

Having talked with most of the people present, we all felt the PD went extraordinarily well–far exceeding expectations. The information you presented was impactful and helped us deepen our perspective and thinking about the process here at St. Laurence. Further, we all felt that your personality and approach are a tremendous fit for our community and are very excited to have you back to work with our full staff. After 20 years in education, I often have wide ranging feelings about PD and presenters. But it was truly a great experience Drew.

-Brian, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction

This PBL workshop really helped me understand the process of PBL because we were immersed in the process of PBL and doing the things we were being taught to apply throughout the whole three days. We created our own need to know lists, Dori did an amazing job using questions to drive our learning, we also were able to instantly put to practice everything we were learning about after the inspiration given by our facilitator.

-Jaycie, pre-k or elementary school teacher

I really enjoyed this workshop as a 3rd year teacher because it opened my horizon on new things to do in the classroom. John also demonstrated most of the things he talked about which made it even better to remember.

-Ebonie Thomas, middle school teacher

I have already reached out to our district coordinator and requested more workshops from ThoughtStretchers.

-Elizabeth MacQuigg, middle school teacher

You will leave this workshop overflowing with ideas, technologies, and strategies that you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning!

-Thomas, HS teacher

Thank you for changing the way I teach!

-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher

Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!

-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher

This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.

-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher

We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!

-Shafaq Imran, teacher

Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.

-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher

The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.

-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher

This is effective and worthwhile professional development.

-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator

I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!

-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher

Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.

-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education

Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a ThoughtStretchers Education workshop again soon!

-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher

Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!

-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher

I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.

-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher

Get in touch:
502 373-0040
drew@thoughtstretchers.org

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