Welcome to the Center for Adaptive Schools!
This web site provides information about Adaptive Schools: what they are, why they affect student learning, and how they develop essential capacities for sustained growth in achievement. This site also provides information about who are the educators associated with the Center for Adaptive Schools and what services and products are available through the Center for Adaptive Schools.
The mission of the Center for Adaptive Schools is to help schools develop the technical and social resources to realize continuing student improvement. Steady improvement in student learning is happening in a new kind of professional culture within schools. Sustaining these collaborative, results-focused working relationships requires leaders at all levels of the organization to develop new ways of seeing their work and new templates and tools for engaging collective energies toward common goals.
Developing Collaborative Groups
Schools in which faculty members feel a collective responsibility for student learning produce greater learning gains than do schools in which teachers work as isolated practitioners. Teachers in Adaptive Schools are successfully responsive to the changing needs of students, standards and curriculum demands. The work of the Center for Adaptive Schools is informed by research in the new sciences, integrating this work with change models, best educational practices, learning theory, and research on group and adult development.
Adaptive Schools consulting, coaching and seminars provide skills development in dialogue, discussion, exceptional
meeting management, advocacy, inquiry and other skills sets of collaboration. The seminars provide concepts,
models and research for building capacities for organizational development, professional development, conflict
resolution, data-based decision making, and working with intractable or wicked problems. Of four distributed
leadership hats (facilitating, presenting, coaching and consulting) the Adaptive Schools seminars' primary focus
is on the hat or function of facilitating group work. Special skills seminars are also provided in each of the
four hats. Learn more about our seminars on Adaptive Schools models for improving schools by visiting our Seminars and Future
Training Events pages.