Swimming in the Deep End

What Does It Take?

August 20, 2019 - Richmond Green Secondary School - Richmond Hill, Ontario 

In Partnership with Learning Forward Ontario


This session will support teachers and school leaders in the development of the educational leadership skills needed to create real change in their schools. No matter what role we play in a school or district, we all want to make a difference. Things move fast in education and often in our communications we are left confused, overwhelmed and not as successful as we could be. We need to build up a skill set of effective decision making capabilities, ‘resistance management’ communication strategies and for the sake of our health, our ‘stress tolerance.’ This workshop will provide support, a laugh and some cognitive, social and psychological resources to help you communicate more effectively, confidently and collaboratively.

Participants will learn how to
• assess their cognitive, social and psychological skill sets
• learn more about decision making and implementation of decisions, the complexity of it all and where we ‘trip up’
• look at the research around why we are resistant to change and develop tool kit for how to manage resistance and
• develop a bandwidth and strength around psychologically managing our ourselves and build our stress tolerance.

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. She trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel and others on new employee support, supervision, being generationally savvy, having hard conversations and collaboration skills. 

Her recent publications are Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives and Having Hard Conversations.

Recognized as one of “21 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know” by Education Week and the International Academy of Educational Entrepreneurship, she considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University. www.jenniferabrams.com


Registration: $160 plus HST 

Time of Event: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

This speaking engagement will be held at 1 William F. Bell Pkwy, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 2T9

Cost includes light breakfast, refreshments and lunch.

*Please note, this event requires sufficient enrollment. We kindly advise you not to book travel and accommodation until the event is confirmed shortly after July 2, 2019.        




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