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Groups at Work: Structures and Strategies for Professional Learning
Presented by: Laura Lipton
Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Session Location:
Central Alberta Regional Consortium 8 Page Avenue, Red Deer, AB
About the Session:

Leading Groups: Effective Strategies for Building Professional Community

Leaders need versatility and flexibility as they bring project responsibility, technical knowledge and information to their groups. Knowing how to structure effective processes, relevant content and authentic collaboration produces work sessions that balance participation, use time efficiently and achieve their purposes. Skillful manage three simultaneous outcomes for their groups; task focus, process skill development and relational development.

Topics include:

Designing group work
Develop and apply templates for planning and assessing outcomes for the groups with which you work. Learn ways to clarify task outcomes for products, performances and decisions and relational outcomes for the knowledge, skills and dispositions group members require for productive, time-efficient engagement.

Energizing groups and supporting information processing
Expand your repertoire of strategies for monitoring and managing the productive energy of group members. Learn a variety of individual, small and large group strategies that support high levels of engagement for exploring, connecting and applying new ideas to professional practice.

Applying flexibility in stance
Explore a leadership repertoire that flexes between the stances of presenting, collaborating and facilitating when communicating, generating and processing critical information. Knowing when and how to match task to stance increases your ability to help a group get its work done more effectively while increasing the group's capacity to deal with tough topics and diverse perspectives.

Developing groups
Learn ways to accelerate group development by assessing current capacities and designing interventions to support growth. Enhance your ability to cultivate group members who engage productively with conflict, maintain focus on achieving outcomes and take responsibility for their behaviors and choices.

Refining the group leader's toolkit
Hone your verbal and nonverbal skills for focusing groups and increasing group member willingness to think and talk together about important professional subjects. Learn to apply a pattern of pausing, paraphrasing and inquiring to respond to and influence the thinking of group members. Increase your confidence when dealing with difficult people and difficult conversations.

About the Presenter(s):
Laura Lipton

Laura Lipton, Ed.D – Co-Director, MiraVia, LLC

Laura is an international consultant whose writing, research, keynotes, and seminars focus on effective and innovative instructional practices and on building professional and organizational capacities for enhanced learning. Laura engages with school districts, public and independent schools, departments of education and international agencies designing and conducting workshops on organizational and group development, learning-focused instruction, literacy development and growth oriented supervisory and mentoring practices. She applies her extensive experience with professional learning to workshops and seminars conducted globally on topics including learning-focused relationships, data-driven dialogue, teacher leadership, building professional community, developing high-performing teams, action research, and learning-focused mentoring.

Laura is author and co-author of numerous publications related to organizational and professional development. Laura considers her experience orchestrating an open classroom for first/second graders, directing a K-12 Reading Lab, and providing Related Academics on a large vocational education high school campus to be among the highlights of her professional career. Presently, she lives in Northern Vermont, communing with nature and her yellow lab, Bodhi.

Selected publications include:

• Data Driven Dialogue: A Facilitator’s Guide to Collaborative Inquiry (with Bruce Wellman)

• Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-focused Relationships (with Bruce Wellman)

• Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning (with Bruce Wellman)

• How to Talk So Teachers Listen (with Bruce Wellman, Educational Leadership)

• More Than 100 Ways to Learner-centered Literacy (Corwin Press)

• Shifting Rules, Shifting Roles: Transforming the Work Environment to Support Learning; (with Arthur Costa and Bruce Wellman,NSDC)

• Organizational Learning: The Essential Journey (with Robert Melamede)

Cancellation Policy:

Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 7 FULL days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide seven FULL days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place. CARC also reserves the right to cancel an event within the 7 calendar days due to unforeseen circumstances such as facility closures, terrorist threats, natural disasters or extreme inclement weather (-35 C or colder). Cancellation notices should be sent to npenney@carcpd.ab.ca.

Registration Deadline: April 22, 2019
Cost: $400.00
Focus(es): Leadership
Grade Level(s): K-12
Audience: Administrators, Central office staff, Lead teachers