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ASCD Authors Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz
Author Workshop

Developing Team Problem-solving Skills

How would you like to hold a 20-minute conversation with students, parents, or fellow educators that shifts the way they view their problems and options for improvement? In this highly interactive workshop led by Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz, you will learn to apply a strengths-based approach called Appreciative Inquiry.

Appreciative Inquiry is based on the premised that whatever you pay attention to gets stronger. This process has been practiced around the world for more than a decade by nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, health care agencies, schools and governments.

In this workshop, you'll see how building on strengths that already exist opens people to new levels of energy and possibilities for overcoming problems. This is a great resource for strengthening RTI and MTSS plans as you expand and sharpen the capacity of teachers, administrators, and parents to help all students learn.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will

  • Learn how to hold team meetings that generate enthusiasm and practical action plans in one session.

  • See how schools turn parents and students into willing participants in problem-solving meetings.

  • Leave with conversation guides and strength charts that will make uncovering root causes to problems much easier.

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Who should attend?
Grade Levels
Adult Education / Higher Learning
Elementary School
High School
Kindergarten / Pre-Kindergarten
Middle School
Topics covered
Leadership and Management
Professional development/learning
Professional learning communities
School climate and culture
Social-emotional learning

About the Authors

Live Workshops

2 Sessions for 12 Clock Hours

  • Session 1: Developing Team Problem-solving Skills

    December 2, 2021

    04:00 PM-11:00 PM

  • Session 2: Developing Team Problem-solving Skills

    January 5, 2022

    04:00 PM-11:00 PM

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Solving Academic and Behavior Problems: A Strengths-Based Guide for Teachers and Teams


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