Leadership Coaching for High Performance 2015

"Leadership Coaching for High Performance helped me develop and refine coaching skills that I use every day in my work with school and district leaders. I highly recommend LCHP to anyone who is responsible for helping others improve their professional performance." — Jim Lentz, (former KS Superintendent of the Year), Consultant at Southwest Plains Regional Service Center

Education — and the role of educators — is changing rapidly.
How equipped are you to lead the change?

Coaching is an incredibly powerful way for education leaders, like you, to make an immediate, significant impact in the schools that they lead. Coaching has been proven to transform relationships, increase learning and dramatically change school cultures.

This four-day event is designed specifically for district and school leaders who are committed to engaging in conversations that lead to transformational changes. Essential components of this highly successful seminar include:

  • Principles of effective leadership coaching
  • Coaching language that produces reflective practice and increased performance
  • Effective coaching behaviors of committed listening, paraphrasing and presuming positive intent
  • Feedback that empowers, encourages and effectively communicates
  • Coaching labs designed to accelerate knowledge and skill acquisition

A valuable use of Title II funds. SCECHs and Grand Valley State University Graduate credits available.

Traverse Bay Area ISD
1101 Red Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684

June 29 - July 2, 2015
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
$877 per person (includes all materials)
* 50% refunds after April 29 (60 days prior to event).No refunds after June 14.
Special hotel rates available:
Cambria Suites
Hotel code: Learning Forward, Results Coaching
255 Munson Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
231.778.8000 (call for reservations)
Questions: call Amy Colton at 734-645-5995, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Journey To Cultural Proficiency

by Dave Swierpel, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

A journey involves moving from one place to another over a long period of time. Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools (west of Flint, MI) began their journey to become more culturally proficient in January of 2014.  A team of seven educators participated in a four-day workshop hosted by Learning Forward Michigan and the Great Lakes Equity Center. During the four days we explored district  policies, practices, and programs that contribute to inequities  for students and families.  

Like many districts across the state, Carman-Ainsworth’s community demographics changed dramatically over the past 20 years. With a loss of jobs from General Motors plants in the Flint area, the community became poorer and students of color became the majority. Programs and practices that used to be effective, no longer were. Examining data revealed a disproportionate of black students receiving discipline. District teachers and administrators were ready to do something - but what?

We realized that we needed help. However, there are no silver bullets or magic programs that will suddenly change attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices. Working with Learning Forward Michigan, the district committed to a multi-year journey towards becoming more culturally proficient. Along with Carman-Ainsworth staff, Dr. Amy Colton, Executive Director of Learning Forward Michigan, and Virginia Winters, School Improvement and Organizational Development Consultant for Wayne RESA, designed a multi tiered approach to supporting the district on its journey.

We began the journey with a two-day workshop called A Journey to Cultural Proficiency in August 2014. We repeated this experience with two additional groups this summer.  This August we will add Culturally Proficient Instruction and follow up with Collaborative Inquiry for Cultural Proficiency as well as learn how to work more effectively with parents.  90 Carman Ainsworth educators (including all administrators) have completed the two-day “Journey” experience. We have 30 teachers committed to the Culturally Proficient Instruction training.  

Is your system ready to begin the journey? It begins by looking at data and asking yourself some tough questions and being honest with the answers. We are all working hard, but are we using the right tools? What lens are we looking through when we confront problems for which we don't have answers?

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

We have taken our first step and the journey has begun.

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