Transforming schools techniques, Building a collegial faculty, Collaborative decision making, Communication skills, Conflict as a (ADD) positive energy source, Building your instructional leadership, Dealing with difficult people, Effective and efficient meeting protocols, Trust building, Women in leadership, Habits of mind for leaders, How to have difficult conversations, Negotiating strategies, Professional learning community protocols, Resistance reframing tools, School culture assessment & development, Strategic planning, Team building, Transformational leadership training


Arts integrated curriculum design, Authentic assessments, Addressing learning styles, 
Common core crosswalk, Enduring understandings, Essential questions, Framing the learning, International Baccalaureate unit planning, Interdisciplinary strategies, Mastery objectives planning, "No secrets" classroom, Understanding by Design curriculum planning, Personalized learning, Rigor, Tenets of curriculum design


Building adult capacity, Capturing classroom practice, Claims, evidence and impact of teaching, Coaching skills, Confronting mediocre teaching, Looking for learning processes, Rater-reliability, Reflective practice, Speaking to the “third point”


Active learning processes, Beginning teacher training and program design, Critical and creative thinking strategies, Design thinking; Differentiating instruction, English language learning strategies, Evidence of student learning, Feedback, Formative Assessment, Grading and reporting strategies, Learning styles, Mentor teacher training, Models of Teaching, Personalized learning, Questioning strategies, Student agency and self-direction, Student engagement techniques, Teaching for deep conceptual understanding, Visible thinking strategies.

Conscious planning for evidence of student achievement.

Our work with curriculum design and planning is based on the premise of starting with the end in mind: What do we want students to know of be able to do by the end of the year, the semester, the unit and the lesson?


What do students need to know and master? 

Unpack the standards.

We foster the investigation and creation of enduring understandings, essential questions, mastery objectives and alignment to the big ideas embedded in Common Core, AERO (American Education Reaches Out) and/or International Baccalaureate standards. 


Proof of student learning.

Just because a teacher covered the material doesn’t mean that students have mastered it.  Our training focuses on building a repertoire of scores of evidence collecting strategies that provide proof of the student’s current state of understanding. Formative assessment strategies, be they performance, authentic or visible thinking based, all provide the teacher valuable data for reflection and lesson modification.


Align learning experiences to a purpose.

The conscious selection of activities that best correlate with mastery learning are part of our work.  Our focus is on learning experiences which align with the standards, skills and big ideas of the lesson.  Our focus also includes the incorporation of a learning styles balance, the most important brain research lessons for making meaning and leading learning into long-term memory, maximizing critical thinking and questioning strategies, and student-engagement where students are leaders of their own learning.

Analyze the complexity of endlessly moving parts.

The focus of The Learning Collaborative work enables organizational leaders to navigate and facilitate through the complexities of human systems. We focus on the honing of leadership skills to facilitate dialogue, to foster discussion, and to make thoughtful decisions which stay made.


Embrace conflict as a positive energy source.

We teach how to move from affective conflict and taking things personally to the richness and respect of cognitive debate based on data. Precise invitational language, skills for embracing diverse perspectives and seeking to understand rather than judge become the platform for our work.  The more the diverse an organization, the deeper and richer the conversations can become. We offer the skills to make that 

Build high functioning teams.

The Learning Collaborative will help you to diagnose what the issues are which keep teams from functioning on a high level.  Expand your skillset for building individual team member capabilities which in turn raises the level of total team capacity. Consider how to listen to resistant team members and reframe their concerns as healthy skepticism. 


Expand your negotiation skills.

The Learning Collaborative will offer you surefire strategies for listening, negotiating and addressing strong belief systems with honor and respect. 

Lead a successful organization which supports individuality and team or department membership so everyone works at their highest level of capacity.


Expand your affective and cognitive teaching skills.

The Learning Collaborative offers a series of customized training days to expand your repertoire of the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration and communication.  Build your skillset for personalized learning and personal relationship building.  Consciously create a set of communicated high expectations coupled with the necessary scaffolding to insure student mastery.  Grow your model of cultural proficiency to celebrate all of the background, experiences and perspectives your students share. Build a common vision of rigor and deep conceptual understanding among all of your students.  Add scores of student engagement strategies which incorporate higher level thinking and long term memory retention.  Build an environment where students want to learn and can’t wait to return the next day to learn even more,


Model the four C’s.

The Learning Collaborative builds your skills to support the Four C’s: Coaching, Collaborating, Consulting and Calibrating to encourage professional growth among your faculty.  Lead the learning in your school and in every classroom by providing multiple sources of data, descriptive feedback, clearly articulated written and verbal communication all in the spirit of continuous learning among the adults. 


Address mediocrity.

Build your skillset for clarifying expectations, providing data of a present position, and the courage to name the gap that exists in between.  Grow your instructional leadership through the in-depth study and unpacking of your evaluation/professional growth system.  Our work enables you to build the collective vision of a high level of skillful instruction in every classroom, every day, for every student in your school.