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Workshop: Growing Teacher Relationships: Tools and Strategies to Help Foster Collaboration Amongst Teaching Teams (LA)



Date: August 10, 2018
Time: 9:00-2:30
Where: Echo Horizon School (map)

Fee: $250 for members; ($375 non-members)


Growing Teacher Relationships: Tools and Strategies to Help Foster Collaboration Amongst Teaching Teams (LA)

“The nature of relationships among the adults within a school has a greater influence on the character and quality of that school and on student accomplishment than anything else.” — Roland S. Barth

As adults in schools, we strive to help our students develop strategies to manage their interpersonal relationships. Relationships amongst the faculty are equally important, and as educators, we need our own set of tools to successfully work with our colleagues. Schools ask teachers to work in a variety of collaborative models such as lead/associate, co-teaching, teaching teams, committee work, classroom teacher/specialists. Further, these teachers/staff bring different perspectives and come from different backgrounds and generations, resulting in misunderstandings, misaligned expectations of each other, and different relationship styles.

How can we cultivate tools to transform collegial relationships into collaborative ones? Just as schools encourage the development of classrooms that are responsive and attuned to the needs of our students, teachers should be supported to be responsive to each other. Whether we are managing teachers or are in a position where we are expected to collaborate with peers, this workshop will help build strong and healthy relationships amongst teaching teams, which in turn benefits the students and the overall school culture. Participants will practice strategies that can be used in faculty and grade level collaborations and that can be put in place immediately to get their 2018-19 school year off to a positive start!

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Practice skills to enhance communication amongst their teaching partners, set relational expectations, and establish shared goals within a teaching team;
  • Learn how to successfully use a pre-year meeting amongst teaching partners to set expectations, goals, and relationship norms;
  • Use role plays and case studies to understand and to address the pitfalls of a collaborative/co-teaching relationship;
  • Understand perspectives of different generations in school relationships, and develop communication tools to bridge gaps and enhance empathy and understanding;
  • Explore how a successful teacher mentorship program can address communication challenges amongst teaching teams.

This workshop is ideal for administrators, teachers, new and experienced teaching partners (lead/associate teachers, co-teachers), and teaching teams of all kinds.

We encourage you to attend with others from your school!

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Josie Bahedry

Josie Bahedry

Josie Bahedry is Director of the Village at Chadwick School, leading the elementary division. Prior to her current role, Josie worked at The John Thomas Dye School in Bel Air for eighteen years. Beginning as a classroom teacher, Josie moved into administration, first as a Dean of Faculty and then as the Assistant Head of School. She has worked in the elementary divisions in independent schools in Virginia Beach and internationally in Abu Dhabi, UAE. For three years she was faculty on the CAIS Retreat for Experienced Teachers. She has presented at NAIS and CAIS on Faculty evaluations and at CAIS on developing a culture of mentoring new teachers in the independent school and mindfulness. Josie has served on a number of committees and is part of a local network of elementary leaders. She is the mother of two daughters, who were both educated in independent school. In her spare time she loves to read and practice mindfulness.
Jennie Willens

Jennie Willens

Jennie Willens has worked in Independent Schools in Los Angeles since 2002. As an arts educator, she built performing arts programs and directed productions at Brentwood School (grades K - 12) focused on interdisciplinary learning, diversity in the classroom and connecting the skills of dance, theater and music with self and community. Jennie joined the Windward School community in 2012 as the Dean of Student Life and Experiential Learning, where she directed the service learning program, advisory program, student leadership and student life initiatives. In the 2017-2018 school year, Jennie transitioned into the role of Dean of Students for the College Preparatory Division. Currently, she is honored to teach classes that focus on social justice and civic engagement while also working closely with students, teachers and parents to develop strategies for healthy communication and restorative and responsive classrooms.
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