Adaptive Schools Training Completed for TAISM Staff
For schools to effectively provide quality learning for all students, they must simultaneously address two perennial goals. One goal is the professional development of individual educators. The second is the development of the organization’s capacity to learn and be adaptive. Both build the capacity for school improvement.
In the Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar held on November 19-22, 2014 at the school, TAISM’s teachers, support staff and administration learned how to build strong collaborative and caring work cultures, in which results-oriented faculties work together for continuous school improvement. The school faculty also explored the latest practical findings in organizational
development, team learning and navigating the currents of change.
All Staff members participated in the first two days of the workshop and 50 staff members continued for an advanced training on days three and four. All staff learned about practical frameworks and tools for developing collaborative groups that will bring collective responsibility in student learning. Advanced training on days three and four allowed for members to learn ways to influence and attain more productive and satisfying meetings in which members can develop new norms and skills for collegial interaction, goal clarification, problem-solving and decision making.
The outcomes of this staff development opportunity included:
- 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
Kevin Schafer, Director