In a time when the teacher workforce is rapidly evolving and schools are under great pressure to strengthen their systems for professional learning and collaboration, what better topics for a learning “retreat” than cross-generation communication and “hard conversations” about professional growth. Cathy Gassenheimer reports on ABPC’s two-day Hard Conversations Institute with expert Jennifer Abrams.
Without a doubt, this was the best “first meeting” with new Key Leaders Network members ever, writes A+ Education Partnership’s professional learning leader Cathy Gassenheimer. “These educators were really open to our process and they engaged deeply throughout the day, with support from our more veteran participants. School and system leaders are hungry to talk about their challenges and dreams with colleagues who really get it.”
Adding new regional networks and more educators to existing networks means the Alabama Best Practices Center must increase our supply of adult learning facilitators. This summer, ABPC paired with the University of Alabama RIC to host our first Facilitator Training Institute. Educators from across the state spent three days diving deep into the best methods for leading professional learning.