Adaptive Schools Seminar

Productive teams are made, not born. There is growing research on the impact of collaborative adult professional cultures and student learning. New challenges require increasingly flexible approaches on how we work and interact with one another.

The Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar presents a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups who are better equipped to resolve complex student learning issues.

Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23
March 2019

09:00 - 16:00

Inter-Community School Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

CHF 580.00*

* Includes course materials, lunch and refreshments.

In this seminar, participants will develop:

• An increased capacity to initiate, develop, and sustain high functioning groups
• New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development
• An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools
• Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations, forms, and values of each
• Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus
• Ways to value and use dissension, argument, and conflict
• Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized, and resourceful.


Day 1: Entering the Territory
Research base on effective professional communities learning; focus areas of the Adaptive Schools work.

Day 2: Developing Identity and Capacity
The how-to, nuts and bolts of building effective collaborative groups.

Day 3: Transforming Meetings
The best practices of meetings.

Day 4: Sustaining Community
Continuing the work with effective meetings with a focus on engaging cognitive conflict, then planning to transfer learning from the workshop to the workplace.

Ochan Powell

Ochan Kusuma-Powell, EdD is a product of international schools and works as a consultant to support international school teachers in the areas of inclusion, personalizing learning, emotional intelligence and organizational intelligence.

Kendall Zoller

Kendall Zoller

Kendall Zoller, EdD is an author, and global consultant / presenter. He has worked with schools throughout the world.