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Adaptive Schools – Foundation Seminar (SM)

Productive teams are developed, not born.

The goal is to develop the collective identity and capacity of organization members as collaborators, inquirers, and leaders.

Why Adaptive Schools (SM)?
School-wide improvements in student learning accrue in schools whose work cultures are collaborative. The growing body of work on the impact of collaborative adult professional cultures in schools offers a positive and productive means for organizing the work of on-going school improvement. In such cultures, professionals learn to talk about the hard-to-talk-about details of learning, teaching, assessment and the cumulative effects of their work with students.

What is the Adaptive Schools – Foundation Seminar?
This four-day institute presents a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning.

The training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups.

Days 1 + 2: October 24-25, 2017

Days 2 + 3: November 30-December 1, 2017

PEBC Office
600 Grant St. Ste 525,
Denver, CO 80203

Perfect for

School or District Teams

$500 for full series

Includes Breakfast and
Lunch each day

Colorado Department of Education
(CDE) Credit

Certificate of completion

Registration will open soon! Contact us if you would like to be notified when registration opens

Learning Objectives


An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups


An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools


Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus


Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations, forms and values of each


Ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict


Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful

Event facilitators

Joyce Joyce, PhD
Executive Director of Education

Joyce focuses on leadership development and system improvement. Joyce integrates her experience as an Adaptive Schools training associate, extensive background in advanced Cognitive Coaching, and knowledge of systems thinking, to engage leaders in cultivating and advancing organizational learning.  Joyce is a retired Community Superintendent from Jeffco Public Schools, and past president of Learning Forward Colorado.

Kristie Krier, MA
Education Director

Krier joined PEBC in 2015 and consults nationally with K-12 educators. She supports teachers, teams, instructional coaches, and administrators through coaching, facilitating, and collaborating around professional development. She co-facilitates the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute, Foundations of Numeracy Institute, and Effective Mentoring Institute. Krier served many roles during her 20 years in education.

More Information

For more information contact Rose Hagood
[email protected]

Nearby Lodging

TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown
685 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 722-2322

Cancellations & refunds

Registration fees for professional development events cancelled or rescheduled by PEBC, for reasons other than weather or acts of God, are fully refundable. Seat(s) cancelled by registrant with less than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event are not refundable. Registrant is responsible for 50% of the registration fee for any seat(s) cancelled with more than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event. Unused seat(s) (no-shows) will be considered a cancellation by the registrant and are non-refundable. Registrant is responsible for all costs incurred due to cancellation, regardless of cancellation reason.

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