About Michael Dolcemascolo
Michael is Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars. He is the former Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools. An independent consultant, Michael regularly presents workshops to educators on Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, learning styles, presentation skills and many other topics to urban, suburban and rural schools.
Michael delightfully spends much of his energy mentoring coaches who wish to become agency trainers for their systems and also regularly facilitates groups that are planning, problem-resolving and engaging in change.
Michael is co-author with Robert Garmston of The Focusing Four: A Consensus Seeking Activity DVD Viewer Guide and Dialogue DVD Viewer Guide, Center for Adaptive Schools, 2009. With Carolyn McKanders, Michael co-authored the Developing Collaborative Groups CD Study Guide and co-edited the Adaptive Schools Foundation Workshop Learning Guide, 2012. His article, Supporting the "Whole Teacher": Five Resourceful States of Mind, appeared in the March, 2013 NYSASCD Impact Journal.
Michael holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in philosophy and English from Montclair State University, an M.A. in cultural symbol systems from Syracuse University's Department of Religion, and a C.A.S. in educational administration from the State University of New York.
About Jane Ellison
Jane Ellison is Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, the home of Adaptive Schools Seminars. She is the former Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Coaching.
Jane was the Director of Elementary Education for Douglas County School District Re.1 from 1988-1998. She was a principal for 15 years - 4 in Douglas County, Colorado and 11 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Her teaching experience is in the primary grades and the graduate college level.
She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Social Sciences from SMU, a M.Ed. in Elementary Supervision from the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. in Administration from VPI&SU, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Jane's experience include teaching graduate classes in South America, attending the Principals' Institutes at Columbia Teachers' College and Harvard University, and chairing the Board of Directors of the Principal's Center at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Co-author with Carolee Hayes of Cognitive Coaching: Weaving Threads of Learning and Change into the Culture of an Organization and Effective School Leadership: Developing Principal's Center.
About Robert J. Garmston
Bob Garmston is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration at California State University, Sacramento and Co-Developer of Cognitive Coaching with Dr. Art Costa. Formerly a classroom teacher, principal, director of instruction and acting superintendent, he works as an educational consultant and is director of Facilitation Associates, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, learning, personal and organizational development.
In the 1970s he served as a principal in the Aramco Schools at Dhahran and Abqaiq. He is co-developer and founder of the Center for Adaptive Schools with Bruce Wellman, now organized under the heading of Thinking Collaborative http://www.thinkingcollaborative.com representing its relationship to Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, and Habits of Mind. The Center for Adaptive Schools develops organizational and professional capacity for self-directed, sustainable improvement in studenet learning. He has made presentations and conducted workshops for teachers, administrators and staff developers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. His work has been translated in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish.
His most recent books are Lemons to Lemonade: Resolving Problems in Meetings, Workshops and PLC's (2013) with Diane Zimmerman and Cognitive Capitol: Investing in Teacher Quality (2013) with Art Costa and Diane Zimmerman.
About Gavin Grift
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Gavin Grift is currently Director of Professional learning for Hawker Brownlow Professional Learning Solutions. With experience as a teacher, assistant principal and educational coach, Gavin connects with audiences on topics ranging from Cognitive Coaching and quality teacher practice to professionnal learning communities, collaboration and learning-centered leadership.
Gavin is an author of numerous articles and bookd including Assessing the Whole Child (2007) and Teachers as Architects of Learning (2013). As a PLC at Work training associate he led the establishment of the Professional Learning Communities Network to Australian Schools, based on the foundational work of Dr. Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour and Bob Eaker. He also serves as a Global Outreach Consultant and training associate to Thinking Collaborative, which is the home of both Cognitive Coaching (Costa, Garmston) and Adaptive Schools (Garmston, Wellman).
Gavin's combined passion, commitment and style have led him to conduct keynote presentations, workshops, seminars and in-school support days at the systems, school and classroom level both nationally and internationally. All of Gavin's work is devoted to building an educator's capacity to build success in others.
About William Powell
Bill Powell has been involved with Cognitive Coaching since the early 1990s, when he invited Bob Garmston and Art Costa to conduct the Cognitive Coaching Foundation Seminar at the International School of Tanganyika in Dares Salaam, Tanzania. Bill served as CEO of the International School of Tanganyika from 1991 to 1998. Most recently, he introduced Cognitive Coaching into the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, where he served as Headmaster from 2000-2006.
Bill has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Education and School Administration. Bill is a trainer for the Principal's Training Center and is a frequent workshop presenter with his wife Ochan Kusuma-Powell, of Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools, Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2011), How to Teach now: Five Keys to Personalized in the Global Classroom (2012) and The QIQ Factor: Raising the Organizational Intelligence of your school (2013) and co-author of School Board Governance Training: A Sourcebook of Case Studies. He has also contributed a chapter on the application of Cognitive Coaching in teacher recruitment to Cognitive Coaching: Weaving Threads of Learning and Change into the Culture of an Organization, edited by Jane Elison and Carolee Hayes.
At the present time, Bill is Co-Director together with his wife Ochan Kusuma-Powell, of Education Across Frontiers, an organization dedicated to the professional learning of international school teachers and administrators. Bill and Ochan have facilitated professional learning workshops in over forty countries worldwide.
About Ochan Kusuma-Powell
Ochan Kusuma-Powell has been involved with Cognitive Coaching since the early 1990s. She received her Ed.D. from Columbia University and has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the United States, Indonesia, and Tanzania. Ochan has taught in both regular and special education programs and most recently taught at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Ochan is the author of Language and Learning Problems (1992) and a co-author of Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools, Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2011), How to Teach now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2012) and the OIQ Factor: Raising the Organizational Intelligence of your schools (2013).She is a trainer for the International Teacher Training Center and has presented numerous workshops, institutes and seminars for international school audiences on differentiation, various aspects of special education, learning styles, ESL and learning disabilities. Ochan also serves as adjunct faculty for the State University of New York at Buffalo and Lehigh University. Ochan is the recipient of the Hall of Fame Award from the Association for the Advancement of International Education.
At the present time, Ochan is Co-Director, together with her husband William Powell, of Education Across Frontiers, an organization dedicated to the professional development of international school teachers and administrators.
Ochan and Bill also serve on the Design Team for The Next Frontier Inclusion - a non-profit organization devoted to supporting international schools in becoming more inclusive of students with special needs. They share their time between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the French Pyrenees.
About Bruce Wellman
Bruce Wellman is Co-director of MiraVia LLC. He consults with school systems, professional groups and organizations throughout the United States and Canada, presenting workshops and courses for teachers and administrators on the patterns and practices of learning-focused classrooms, learning-focused conversations for supervisors and mentors, presentation skills and facilitating and developing collaborative groups.
Bruce is an award winning writer whose work has been honored by the Education Writers Association and the National Staff Development Council. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications related to organization and professional development, mentoring, quality teaching and improving professional cultures.
Bruce has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator and staff developer in the Oberlin, Ohio and Concord, Massachusetts public schools. He holds a B.A. degree from Antioch College and a M.Ed from Lesley College.
Selected publications include: Learning-focused Supervision: Developing Professional Expertise in Standards-Driven Systems (with Laura Lipton, MiraVia LLC), Got Data? Now What?: Creating and Leading Cultures of Inquiry (with Laura Lipton, SolutionTree), Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning (with Laura Lipton, MiraVia LLC), Data-Driven Dialogue: A Facilitator's Guide to Collaborative Inquiry (with Laura Lipton, MiraVia LLC), Learning-Focused Mentoring: A Professional Development Resource Kit (with Laura Lipton, MiraVia LLC), Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-focused Relationships (with Laura Lipton, MiraVia LLC), Pathways to Understanding: Patterns and Practices in the Learning-Focused Classrooms (with Laura Lipton, MiraVia, LLC), The Adaptive School: A Sourcebook for Developing Collaborative Groups (with Robert Garmston, Christopher-Gordon), Presentations that Teach and Transform (with Robert Garmston, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).