Ayers Institute: Critical Conversations on Collaborative Professional Learning


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Critical Conversations: Transform Your School though Collaborative Professional Learning
Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation
May 13-14
Ezell Center, Room 363

Based on the premise that professional learning cannot succeed in a vacuum, Critical Conversations is designed to bring teams of school stakeholders (district and building-level administrators, teacher-leaders, and instructional coaches) together to collaborate on a vision for collaborative professional learning within your school.  The Ayers Institute will partner with your school to achieve that vision through the implementation of a professional learning plan tailored to your school’s needs.

Conversation Breakouts will be tailored to the roles and responsibilities of the particular team members, then the teams will convene to reflect and cast a vision for your school. Once the vision is articulated, an Ayers Partner will conduct two on-site visits, for ideal participants only, to support you in achieving that vision.


Featured speakers are:

Steve Barkley
Executive Vice-President of Performance Learning Systems, Inc.

Barkley draws on experience of his 40-year career as a teacher, consultant, and change facilitator, to guide districts through the process of school improvement through instructional coaching.  Most recently, he has been focusing his efforts on leadership training, coaching skills, and providing a vision for professional learning.  He is recognized nationally and internationally as a highly motivational speaker who draws from extraordinary knowledge and classroom experience to positively affect student achievement through authentic educational change.

Books by Steve Barkley:

  • Instructional Coaching with the End in Mind
  • Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching
  • Questions for Life:  Powerful Strategies to Guide Critical Thinking
  • Tapping Student Effort:  Increasing Student Achievement
  • WOW! Adding Pizzazz to Teaching and Learning

Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy's work is in helping schools and districts achieve their goals by supporting them in the management and evaluation of their improvement strategies. Particular areas of work include educational coaching, leadership development, communication and dialogue, tracking and describing change, moving initiatives from implementation to institutionalization, and classroom tools to promote dialogue and reflection about practices.


Cost for the two-day seminar is $750 for a one- to two-person school member team, $1,500 for a three- to four-person school member team, or $2,500 for a five-person "Ideal Team," made up of one district leader, one school leader, one or two people who will explore the coach’s role and one or two teacher leaders. Click here to register.

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