Looking for a research-based approach to professional collaboration that will impact student achievement? 

This training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and inform group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching and learning.

[NOTE: This is a four-day training - participants should plan to be in attendance all four days]

Day #1 - Sept. 26 

Day #2 - Sept. 27 

Day #3 - Oct. 17 

Day #4 - Oct. 18 

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

Target Audience

  • Consultant
  • School Improvement Facilitators
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Building Administrators
  • Central Office Administrators


Participants will earn up to 6 SCECHs/day after completing all 4 days of training.


MASSP, 1001 Centennial Way,

Lansing, MI 48917

Facilitated by Steve Seward, MASSP Associate Director


MASSP Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made seven (7) calendar days or more in advance of the training date, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made after this date, including no-shows, are nonrefundable. Registration fees may be transferred to another individual by contacting the MASSP office at (517) 327-5315.

In the event that MASSP must cancel a training due to unforeseen circumstances, including inclement weather, participants will be refunded the cost of registration or may credit the fee toward an upcoming training. MASSP does not assume responsibility for any additional costs, charges or expenses; to include, charges made for travel and lodging.



Price: $450.00