Our Schools Are All About People Work - PEBC

Our Schools Are All About People Work

…and to move them, we’ve got to be really good at it!

Let’s be clear.  We don’t run meetings.  We don’t do agendas or protocols.  We don’t direct implementation of new programs, initiatives or roll outs.  We don’t obsess over data.

We facilitate people.

As leaders of schools, teams and peers to have our intended impact on student learning, we have to support people.  Effective, impactful facilitation recognizes that our core role is to shepherd people through growth and change. We skillfully use protocols to support engagement and understanding.  We design agendas to navigate precious time and accomplish intentions. We choose language to frame context and deepen meaning.

Effective facilitators understand that much of what we do involves change.  And change is personal. For example, one impactful move a facilitator makes is to assure that participants’ voices take the greatest precedence.  The facilitator opens with a “grounding” or “connections” to assure that all voices enter into the space right away. The facilitator frames questions and processes that continue to put the participants at the forefront of the thinking, learning and doing.  The old adage, “People tend to support that which they create,” guides any good facilitator in his balance between his voice and theirs. Most facilitated, collaborative work then finishes with reflection or closure that allows the final voices to be the participants’ once again.

When we recognize our role centers on people, we become more adept at impacting the lives of teachers and students both.

Upcoming Courses and Institutes

Fostering DEI Through A Layered Approach

Fostering DEI through a Layered Approach

Event Title: Fostering DEI through a Layered Approach Date/Time: Monday, March 11 from 12-1 p.m. MST on Zoom Description: Fostering environments where staff thrives requires developing skills, knowledge, and actions through a layered approach. In this interactive session, school leaders and DEI practitioners will explore high-impact strategies to engage in effective systems change work in […]
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Teacher Leadership

PEBC’s FORWARD: From Polarization to Progress presents a book study with Dr. Katy Anthes, former Colorado Commissioner of Education

Join Dr. Anthes for a virtual book study of Amanda Ripley’s: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How to Get Out.
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BIPOC STEM Educators

BIPOC Educational STEM Thinkers = B.E.S.T. Conference

A two-day summer conference in Denver for BIPOC STEM educators from across Colorado and beyond to come together and name systemic changes needed for sustainability and retention of BIPOC STEM educators. We will create a sense of belonging, cultivate change and heal in order to best support our students and communities.
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