foehrWARD THINKING offers a variety of paths for schools to take in creating an environment that promotes effective communication for the purpose of making sure every child has a great school experience.
From small, personalized workshops for parents, staff and students to comprehensive yearlong series, I will work with each school as a partner and coach to guide them along their path to effective communication.
These workshops can range from 1.5 hours up to a full day depending on the needs and wants of the school.
Also, for each presentation the school will receive a guide that encapsulates my core message to that particular audience. It will be tailored to their school and their needs but reflect my core message of effective communication strategies that need to take place for every child to have a great school experience!
Ideally I believe that each school should combine all three of the individual packages into a longer term, ongoing yearlong series of workshops. I can put together a FULL, personalized implementation package that would range from 15-20 hours per month per school or complex/district for an entire school year (August through May). This gives the school more access to my time in the form of on-site coaching for teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Plus, this structure allows the school and myself the flexibility to directly collaborate in structuring school rules and procedures that support a shift for the positive in school culture.
These longer packages are ideal for schools that have high dropout rates, high discipline rates, low academics or attendance or have stagnated and need a jumpstart. In order to most smoothly affect change in instruction and assessment practices, open lines of effective communication need to be established and developed. With the onset of the Common Core State Standards, and all the change that will bring, the type of communication coaching I am offering will be inherently necessary for everyone to work effectively together as they navigate this latest shift in the education framework.
I am also flexible enough to take one strand, say parents communicating with the school, and construct a year-long plan designed to not only help parents when approaching schools, but increase parent involvement in a positive way.
Each of these components can be flexed according to the needs of the particular school or school leader. All of the workshops listed include an initial interview which will assess the communication effectiveness of the school in that particular area, personalized handouts articulating the steps to achieving Effective Communication, and ongoing, personalized attention from me.