Presenters: Mike Johnson, Bonnie Tryon, and Mark Turner
What are the conversations school leaders need to have in order to improve student learning and how can busy administrators find time to have them are the focus of this custom-designed workshop series. Research shows when there is an understanding of and an ability to have meaningful conversations that grows practice, students are the beneficiaries.
Participants will join the presenters in co-creating a laboratory experience where skills in having courageous conversations will be developed. Learning now courageous mentorcoaching conversations and how courageous disciplinary conversations enhance a school leader’s ability to engage in growth-oriented dialogue will be demonstrated.
Knowing that meaningful conversations do not take place in isolation of the very busy school environment, participants will explore how their values and beliefs drive their use of time. Tools and tips on how to repurpose existing workday time will be shared.
Workshops, in half-day formats, include:
Session 1 – What are Courageous Conversations and Why We Don’t Have Them
What are the types of conversations with staff members that will grow their practice as educators and how to develop the skills necessary to have them are the focus of this introductory workshop. Acknowledging the reasons why these conversations do not regularly take place in many schools will be explored. A conversational pathway will be presented and modeled for participants.
Session 2 – Listening at a Higher Level and Asking Impactful Questions
Many people believe they are good listeners yet those working around them may disagree. This workshop explores the levels of listening necessary for one to have effective courageous conversations and then be able to ask the impactful questions that lead to results. Different types of questions will be explored so participants are able to differentiate between questions that lead to growth and those producing little, if any, positive thinking or development.
Session 3 – Acknowledgment, Reflection, and Feedback…building a Learning Culture
Praising in public may be gratifying for one person but very uncomfortable for another. This workshop explores different types of acknowledgement and why different people prefer it be delivered in different forms. Knowing these differences, leaders are better able to support staff in a manner that grows their practice as educational leaders.
Likewise, giving quality feedback custom designed to the receiver maximizes results. Participants will practice giving and receiving acknowledgement and feedback that make a difference.
Session 4 – When Disciplinary Conversations are Needed
The focus of this workshop is on changing employee behavior by understanding how to write “counseling memos” for personnel file (Holt letter of counsel), conducting a “counseling” session with an employee and union representative, and eﬀective follow-up on a staﬀ member’s inappropriate behavior. Participants will leave the workshop understanding 3020A hearings for professional staﬀ, Section 75 hearings for civil service staff, and able to address inappropriate behaviors in a preventative fashion.
Session 5 – Managing to Have the Time
Building on one’s strengths, values, and beliefs, participants will clarify how they wish to spend their professional time versus how their time is currently spent. No one can create more minutes in a day, yet we can better understand what drives us to use time in the manner we do. Acknowledgement of the mindset one has around the use of time is where this process starts.
Participants will create and share time management tools that can be used the next day. When used, repurposed time becomes available to have courageous conversations that grow practice.
Each school building and district is unique in its culture and strengths. Custom-designed workshops and consultation sessions are also available.
Regional Availability: Any location