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Principals Toolkit: Quality Conversations in a Common Core Kind of World

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Target Audience:  teachers, mentors, content coaches, administrators

Course Description:

Given the rapidly changing challenges and expectations placed on public education in the 21st century, new support systems for educators simply must be created
To illustrate the point, consider the daunting challenge of supporting the instructional shifts required of educators in response to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or building effective Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Teacher and administrative mentoring, building internal capacity for effective teams and supervision and evaluation systems that support professional growth and student learning have risen to the level as core elements for a vibrant and responsive school system.
In simple terms, we need systems that require colleagues supporting colleagues on a daily basis. Over the years, I have participated in developing and supporting systems that focus on the power of adults helping adults but in the process, have come to realize we have missed an important component that is critical to success.
We have not systematically provided the adults in these supportive roles the “soft skills” & communication tools necessary to form relationships that lead to more self-directed/reflective practices.
This workshop explores adults as learners and provides participants with tools that promote reflection and complex thinking, Including:
• Exploring adult development and its role in supporting colleagues
• Looking at the difference between trust and rapport; when and how to build them both
• Using paraphrasing with intention to promote thinking
• Constructing questions that mediate thinking
• Learning conversational guidelines to maximize effectiveness & efficiency

About the Instructor

Susette Bollard has been in education for 35 years serving as a teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and now, Superintendent at Orange North Supervisory Union. She is committed to schools working as learning communities to do whatever it takes to ensure the success of all students. Part of her responsibilities over the years has included mentoring/coaching teachers and principals based on the work of Art Costa, Bob Garmston, Roland Barth, Megan Tsachannen-Moran, Peter Senge, Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman. She began training in Cognitive Coaching in 2005 and achieved  Agency Trainer status for the Center for Cognitive Coaching.  A certified principal mentor, Susette combines all of her experience and training and applies it to her daily practice.