School leaders can modernize instruction while still juggling daily operations.
On-the-job training should not require a school leader's entire day. And yet too often they have to stop running their schools so that they can learn. Perhaps they even have to drive to a training center to access the workshop.
Full-day professional development for teachers takes time that they don't have. Their schools need them on-site.
With our Virtual Seminars, school leaders get the latest in innovation and research without leaving their offices.
Our 90-minute live, online sessions with Heather give your leaders support in manageable chunks of time so that they:f
are equipped with the latest instructional designs
feel inspired to excellence as innovators
get connected to their peers for strength and support
Heather Clayton Staker has helped over 30,000 educators on 5 continents become first-rate innovators.
Current menu of Virtual Seminars with Heather:
How to Create Higher Performing, Happier Schools in Seven Moves
A Playbook for School Leaders
Companies such as Zappos, Geico, and Google continually ranked among the best places to work if you want to be happy and successful. Principals can coach teachers to use similar strategies to improve their students’ happiness and performance, not to mention their graduates’ readiness to work in America’s top organizations someday.
School leaders will leave with inspiration and practical recommendations for how to make seven moves in their schools in the next seven weeks:
Teach mindsets. Develop the mindsets of agency, creativity, growth mindset, and passion for learning.
Release control. Provide content and resources that students are free to access without live direct instruction.
Encourage teaming. Foster peer-to-peer learning and dynamic, team-based collaboration.
Give feedback. Create a culture of feedback so that students and staff receive personal, frequent, and actionable support.
Build relationships of trust. Show interest in students and staff as individuals and trust in their ability.
Help people hold themselves accountable. Give them tools to set goals, track their progress, and follow through.
Hold yourself accountable. Create structures to ensure that you are on track personally.
Designing a Weekly Blended Learning Arc
Aiming toward a Flexible Learning Model
Flipped Classroom, Station Rotation, Online Course–you may be familiar with these models. But fewer leaders know about the Flex model. In Flex models, students move between online learning and in-person instruction. Teachers spend more of their time doing 1-on-1 check-ins to tutor and support.
In this seminar, leaders learn how to use the Blended Learning Arc framework to structure a week of the Flex model in their schools. They leave with a:
A one-week, customized schedule based on the Flex model, with time allocated for student work, group discussion, and 1-on-1 conferencing.
A template for preparing instruction for one week of a Blended Learning Arc.
Discussion outlines to launch and close the week with their students, for use either in person or remote, depending on local needs.
This seminar gives leaders a template both for modernizing in-person instruction, getting the most from 1-to-1 devices, and shifting to emergency remote instruction when necessary.
Mentoring Teachers as You Would Want Them to Mentor Students
Human beings are hardwired to thrive when nurtured with love and care. But how many of your students would agree with these statements? "My teacher cares about me as a person." "My teacher gives me individual help to improve." "My teacher shows genuine interest in my life." Fostering positive, 1-on-1 relationships is foundational to human growth.
School leaders can create this positive culture in their organizations. In this seminar, leaders leave with three tools:
1-to-1 Feedback Protocol. Leaders learn how to give effective feedback to their teachers using a protocol that teachers can replicate in their own 1-on-1 check-ins with students.
Unconditional Positive Regard. Leaders explore the psychological benefits of showing unconditional positive regard and practice how to model that mindset for their teachers.
Running Partner Method. Leaders learn a method for supporting their staff in setting and accomplishing goals.
Giving radically frequent feedback and building trusting relationships are the keys to helping people thrive in the post-industrial, high-tech world. They're the "human" that needs to be amplified in the age of machines. This seminar helps you instill those practices throughout your organization.
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