Micah Fierstein

Transformation through Collaboration: Building Leadership Capacity for Systemic Change: 3 Institutes, each institute is two hours.

The goal of these three conference institutes is for participants to discover and practice tools/frameworks that challenge educators to build their capacity to think and act in new ways. A different set of learning frameworks will be explored in each institute. The goal of each institute will be to help prevent others from falling inadvertently into the swamp of constrained possibilities. "Insanity is doing the same thing and hoping for a different result." – Albert Einstein

Saturday PM

Discussing the Undiscussable

How many good ideas die a premature deaths because they were never shared with others? How many classroom initiatives fail to fulfill their potential because constructive ideas for improvement were not heard or were perceived as acts of disloyalty? How many creative school improvement plans or classroom innovations slide into irrelevance because the assumption and premises they are built upon are never challenged by teachers and students because they are fearful of speaking? Participants will be introduced to cognitive tool/frameworks that help them see how defensive routines have detrimental impact on personal, team, and school learning. Playful and engaging activities will be the learning design for this institute. Participants will leave with practical skills that will help them engage more effectively in difficult conversations with student or colleagues.

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