SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR AND EDUCATOR SERVICES
Leadership Team Training
Leadership Team Training is a 4-day experience (in two, 2-day sessions, 2-4 weeks apart) conducted with district, cluster and/or school leadership teams, and sets the foundation for dramatic improvement in student outcomes. The training is organized around the 3M’s (Mission, Mindset and Method), and the Five Levers of Transformation. We will investigate the Psychology of Performance—the study of how and why people (adults and young people) learn and grow; an underlying set of personality and character traits that will support that growth; and the phenomenon of resistance to change—key to understanding why so many change initiatives fail. The training includes multiple opportunities for personal introspection, application, and skill practice.
Leadership Team Training Program Elements
The Mission: Proficiency in Academics and Character
A discussion of what students require to thrive in the 21st century helps participants build consensus on the proper Mission of public education: Academic Proficiency and Strong Character for all children. We will work to establish, unambiguously, the responsibility we as adults must assume for achieving this Mission.
The Mindset: Two Models of Development
To reach rigorous standards of proficiency, educators and their students need a positive, healthy mindset about intelligence and development. We investigate two contrasting belief systems about the nature and distribution of intelligence: the crippling, prevailing innate ability mindset (corresponding to Dweck’s “Fixed” mindset); and the contrasting "Get Smart" Mindset (sustained, effective effort builds intelligence) required for continuous learning and high performance.
This module is at the heart of all Efficacy Experiences and is the foundation for subsequent learning and work.
Method: Self Directed Improvement System (SDIS)
The Self-Directed Improvement System (SDIS) is a Method of data-driven analysis that students and educators can use to improve their teaching and learning strategies. This simple, powerful approach can be used with existing school data sets.
Performance Orientation vs. Learning Orientation
Based on the work of social psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, this module explores two different psychological "orientations" in which people exhibit radically different responses to failure and difficulty—one of which is debilitating, and one adaptive.
Strong Side vs. Weak Side
A simple, useful model of character development that emphasizes the individual’s power of choice.
Mission Strategy Planning
Participants will work through a detailed planning framework for operationalizing the Efficacy Approach in their schools.
This set of modules explores the nature and origin of psychological resistance to change, a common phenomenon in schools undergoing reform. Leaders will practice identifying the underlying reasons for resistance, and develop strategies for effectively responding.