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Although I have had a lot of instruction and practice in listening techniques, I believe Evocative Coaching has clarified the importance of listening and the value of being totally present; not solving problems but building on the positive.
Everything that I have learned is influencing and impacting my work with students as a teacher, as a PLC facilitator with my colleagues, and with the building and district leadership as I drop “pebbles” of the Evocative Coaching model along the pathway to our school and district’s transformation.
Each week in the Evocative Coaching Training Program I learn more and more that will impact my job. I am becoming more comfortable in using the strategies and have become much more reflective in my discussions with teachers.
Through this training program I have become a better listener; I give less advice and instead practice giving empathy. I think about how the skills I am learning can impact my students and my work environment. It has helped me detach in a good way from stressors in my environment.
The consistent focus on positive feedback really supports the self-efficacy of my staff. Being reminded of the Möbius strip with story, empathy, inquiry and design thinking has really effected how I communicate / coach my staff.
I joined this course because I wanted to transform schools; I have found instead that I have been transformed.
Through this course, I have started to really feel myself on the cusp of something quite tremendous as a professional and also as a person.
Imaginative listening is a game changer in that it allows teachers to tell their stories with full engagement. The more teachers understand their stories as stories, rather than as settled facts over which they have no control, the more teachers are cultivating a willingness to change and become lifelong learners.
By listening mindfully, quietly and reflectively when teachers tell their stories, coaches disarm resistance and evoke open dialogue which sets the stage for change. It is seldom that a person is listened to without judgment and with no agenda. This alone may be why evocative coaching is refreshing and powerful enough to transform an entire school.
When I meet with a teacher or walk into his or her class, I finally feel as if I have the tools to help them reach their potential. I took this job because I like the coaching aspect but after my first year, I was not sure if I had the “it” that caused teacher to see me as more than just a helper. I feel empowered!
Workshops & Presentations
The Center for School Transformation Team are frequent attendees and presenters at many conferences throughout the year. While it’s a privilege to present on important topics that we believe are transforming schools around the world, we also love talking with you – to explore your perspectives, answer questions and equip you with information and tools that you can immediately use to make a difference in your school. If you are planning to attend any of the Upcoming Workshops, let us know so that we can plan time to talk. We are transforming schools, one conversation at a time! Join Us!
Date / Location
|Learning Forward’s 2015 Annual Conference||December 5–9, 2015
National Harbor, MD
|“Using Appreciative Inquiry To Generate School Success”|
|71st ASCD Annual Conference||April 2-4, 2016
|2015 NCMLE 40th Annual Conference||Greensboro, NC||“Conversations Matter!”|
|70th ASCD Annual Conference||Houston, TX||“Mindful Leadership: Taming the frenzy, Moment by Moment”|
|Learning Forward’s 2014 Annual Conference||Nashville, TN||“Mindful Leadership”|
|Virginia ASCD 2014 Conference||Williamsburg, VA||“Evoking Greatness”|
|2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children||Dallas, TX||“Appreciative Leadership” and
“Taking a Strengths-Based Approach to Change”
|CREATE 2014||Williamsburg, VA||“Emotional Intelligence” and
Speakers & Presentations
In addition to facilitating dynamic Training Programs and Systems Change processes, representatives from the Center for School Transformation also maintain an active speaking schedule at conferences, meetings, convocations, and other site-based events. Our trained facilitators, including the Center’s Co-Founders, Bob & Megan Tschannen-Moran, are also presenters who can persuasively and enjoyably make the change for taking a person-center, no-fault, and strengths-based approach to change. From large keynote addresses to small-group workshops, from national and international conferences to faculty meetings at a single school building, the Center for School Transformation stands ready to resource your event. Recent topics include:
- School Transformation: Enriching Conversations – Inspiring Change
- Beyond the Deficit Frame: Changing Conversations for School Success
- Trust Matters: Creating Conducive Spaces for Learning
- Imaginative Listening: How Words Create Worlds
- Expressing Empathy: Communicating with Compassion
- Observing Vitality: Building on Strengths
- Three Principles for Teacher Collaboration
- Redesigning Classrooms for Learning: Innovation in Action
- Six Keys for Creating a Coaching Culture in Schools