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We offer personalized professional development and community building workshops that promote both wellness and deep learning.
Our designs invite learning by activating curiosity through listening & inquiring, engage participants by developing strong relationships and provide a sense of control and autonomy so that participants can thrive.
Before the workshop: Visualizing future aspirations
- With leadership: Every consultation with schools starts with a coaching session where we identify the aspirations and goals and imagine what it could look like, feel like and sound like when we have achieved it. What examples of evidence will we observe that will tell us it made a difference?
- With participants: We find out what participants already know, are able to do and understand about the future topic of the workshop in order to ensure differentiation. After analyzing the data, the school / organization receives a video presentation to share some details about the upcoming event.
During the workshop
1. Taking a deep breath and exploring
Oftentimes the issues we face remain unsolved due to lack of awareness. When we spend the time to pause and think about the problem and understand its implications, we are more likely to find the resourcefulness within us and within our community to find ways to overcome the issue.
Therefore, we like to start with a community session to build relationships, engage in deep listening and co-sense what might be the problems and opportunities in relation to our topic. This allows participants to be collectively aware and exercise flexibility to be able to see the macro vision (zooming out). This allows for participants to reconnect with their source of inspiration, practice compassion, and feel interconnected.
This stage may include a listening circle with various protocols that invite members to share their thoughts and experiences while resisting the urge to respond to others.
2. Realigning to and committing to action
Our second stage energizes participants with ways to stretch thinking and re-empower themselves. During this phase, we slowly specify ways to resolve the problem faced by realigning to the school’s identity and values. We zoom in and with courage, we quickly prototype to test our solutions. We discuss success criteria and exercise efficacy.
3. Experiencing flow
The third phase is about celebrating our “I CAN power”, feeling in control and empowered. This time allows participants to start personalizing what their inquiry means in their specific context (their team and classrooms). It is an exciting time when everyone is energized and feeling optimistic.. Participants get to choose amongst various experiences to dive into. We develop criteria for self-assessment so we have systems we can use sustainably, autonomously, and that cause self-accountability to ensure progress.
5. Reflecting into action
As we close our inquiry, we engage in reflection, share takeaways and draft questions to continue exploring. Oftentimes, we intentionally write a collective recap of what we want to pay less attention to and more attention to.
After the workshop
An online follow up via video calls (individual / teams, staff meetings) is a useful way to increase the impact and receive further guidance based on needs and aspirations. This allows everyone to keep the flame burning, and ask questions that relate to experiments. It’s often a time to share further resources to go deeper.