Organize, present, and facilitate engaging professional learning experiences based on effective adult learning principles and the National Standards for Professional Learning

Convening Conversations, Inc. Brochure

  • Inspirational Speaker
  • Cultural Proficiency and Conversations About Equity and Diversity
  • Leadership and Understanding Transformational Change
  • Adaptive Schools: Facilitating and Developing Collaborative Groups
  • Cognitive Coaching℠: Transformational Coaching for Self-Directedness
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making Through Data Dialogue and Data Teams
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • College and Career Readiness and Linked Learning: Pathways to College and Career Success
  • Quality Principles and Practices Based on Baldrige Criteria
  • Facilitation Skills and Protocols
  • Polarity Management: Problems to Solve versus Issues to Manage
  • Problem-based Learning: Performance Mapping, Community Partnerships
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Grant Writing and Review

Inspirational Speaker
  • Light a spark and look for shining eyes with stories that speak to the heart. Inspirational talks with infectious passion anda true belief that all students can learn will touch hearts in meaningful ways.

Cultural Proficiency
  • Address equity and diversity issues through an inside-out
    approach—increasing person cultural competence and examining organizational practices and policies.

Cognitive Coaching℠
  • Learn to coach others for greater self-directedness, to become self-managing, self-monitoring, and self-modifying. Learn how to build and sustain trust and rapport, and to create environments that support convening difficult yet safe and transparent conversations. Know how to diagnose where thinking is stuck, and then ask targeted, invitational questions to move thinking forward. Experience and practice three coaching conversations for reflecting, planning, and problem resolving.

Adaptive Schools and Organizations: Facilitating and Developing Collaborative Groups
  • Create collaborative organizations that are adaptive and positively respond to change. Develop and practice a toolbox of strategies, protocols, and processes to accelerate collaborative team effectiveness and efficiency. Use tiered levels of dialogue to deepen trust and understanding, guide decision-making, and nurture ownership and commitment to the work.

Professional Learning Communities
  • Become a culturally proficient learning community, and learn how to confront inequities through curiosity and collaboration. Experience collaborative norms and protocols that support examining beliefs and values that ground the work of professional learning communities. Develop a toolbox of strategies and protocols that enhance team effectiveness and efficiency. Engage in exploring data and processes for continuous improvement. Learn to ask breakthrough questions that open up and reframe the conversation when the going gets tough.

Culturally Proficient Level 5 Leadership and Transformational Change
  • Become a culturally proficient Level 5 Leader. Understand change as you lead the transformation of your organization into an inclusive and collaborative culture, moving from good to great.

Data-Informed Decisions
  • Create safe environments for dialogue around data from the district level to the classroom using a simple protocol for Data Team conversations. Learn to ask breakthrough questions that move the team’s effectiveness to higher levels.

College and Career Readiness Through Linked Learning
  • Transform students’ high school experience by bringing together strong academics, demanding technical education and real world experience using the Linked Learning approach. Use pathway certification criteria to create industry-focused pathways in which student learning experiences connect rigorous academic learning to real-world applications. Design a scope and sequence for students’ work-based learning experiences, enhancing students’ readiness for college and career.

Polarity Management
  • Distinguish between problems to solve and issues to manage. Use polarity management to focus collaborative teams on the best of both polarities while avoiding the downsides of each polarity at the expense of the other. Identify strategies to monitory the team’s commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.

Problem-Based Learning
  • Engage interdisciplinary teaching teams in performance mapping to provide a foundation for multidisciplinary, integrated teaching and learning. Use real-world problems to create problem based learning units that are culturally and linguistically responsive and differentiate instruction.

21st Century Learning
  • Weave 21st century standards, assessments, professional development, curriculum and instruction, and learning environments throughout your school system to promote students’ deeper understanding and to prepare them for the global economy.

Differentiated Instruction
  • Meet the needs of diverse students through differentiating content, process, and products. Explore how culturally responsive pedagogy impacts student engagement and learning.

Grant Writing and Review
  • Engage all stakeholders in the visioning process for writing powerful and winning grants.