Leadership Team Training is a 4-day experience (in two, 2-day sessions, 2-4 weeks apart) conducted with district, cluster and/or individual 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).

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 the proper Mission of 21st Century public education: Academic Proficiency and Strong Character for all children. We will work to establish, unambiguously, the responsibility we 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: The Self Directed Improvement System (SDIS)

The 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 responses to failure and difficultyone debilitating, the other adaptive, actually mobilizing effort toward learning.


 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.


 Managing Resistance


This set of modules explores 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.

Helping students to rise!

a nation dedicated to producing successive generations of citizens prepared to constructively participate in the society of their time

Efficacy Participants Say:

"This seminar made me take a good look at myself as a teacher. I can make a difference starting with myself. I can't wait to get started because ALL children can achieve proficiency!"

Andrea Gonzalez, Springfield, MA

"This training allows participants to reassess their current practices and enables them to formulate strategies to develop themselves and their students."

Omar Kamora, Chicago, IL

"Every experience I've had to use the Self-Directed Improvement System has been very beneficial. I recommend its use in any area in which one wants to improve."

Joya Neil, Memphis, TN

Contact us

67 S. Bedford St. Ste. 400 West Burlington, MA 01803