The critical dialogue for teachers facilitates principals and school leaders to integrate peer advisory and observation within existing structures of their school’s strategic plans. It enables a great alignment between personal and collective improvement.
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This PAGETM facilitates peer observation that can benefit the members in the following ways:
• provide opportunities to discuss challenges and successes with trusted colleagues
• support the sharing of ideas and expertise among teachers
• build a community of trust through opening classroom practice to a wider audience
• support a focus on improving the impact of learning on students
• contribute to the collective efficacy of the school they come from
Being a member of the Teachers PAGETM comes with several advantages, a few of them are listed below;
- Wise counsel – The members draw on the wisdom, giftedness and experience of their peers in the group. When you are faced with a problem or question while leading, teaching, counseling or guiding, experienced leaders in your peer advisory group can recount how they may have reacted to a similar problem and how they applied best of principles and practices to help resolve the situation.
- Mutual support – Receiving and giving understanding, empathy, and encouragement when facing both difficulties and opportunities.
- Accountability – Since the leaders seek help from each other sharing best practices, and buddy up to follow through on implementation leading to success, it has accountability naturally built in.
- Confidentiality – You need people with whom you can discuss sensitive issues from your personal life and your school life. Gaining the confidence in one another that comes with honesty and transparency in a confidential environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Peer Advisory Group?
- It’s a unique environment where 8-10 Principals, Teachers, School leaders or Administrators meet monthly to grow and enhance the quality of education and counsel they provide to students, without neglecting their primary responsibilities towards their family and more importantly personal growth.
- It’s led by a seasoned facilitator who has vast experience in facilitating productive meetings.
- The long term objective is to help the leaders grow into being transformational leaders
- It creates an environment of confidentiality, trust, friendship, mutual support and long term accountability….like having your own personal board of advisors.
Who is a Teachers PAGE member?
A Teachers PAGE member is typically a Principal, Teacher, or School leader who has formally joined and is now taking advantage of some of our facilitation services and peer learning methods and resources.
Why would you want to be part of a Teachers PAGE?
- Do you feel alone sometimes as you make important decisions by not having a close confidante to support you?
- Do you desire to get connected to other school or teacher leaders you could count on for reliable counsel while making life influencing, enhancing or impacting decisions?
- Do you recognize the value of making yourself vulnerable to the accountability of others as you act upon your long term goals?
- Do you do an effective job of sharing your thoughts and ideas within the sphere of influence you operate within?
- Do you regularly focus and work on the daily needs and challenges of your work and your role as a teacher or school leader?
- Do you see the value of having a confidential place to turn for open dialogue around challenges you face as a school or teacher leader?
Is the Teachers PAGE right for me?
Answer these questions
- Are you a Principal, Teacher, a School leader or an Administrator?
- Do you sometimes feel lonely in your role and wished that you could well use someone as a sounding board?
- Do you have a confidential place to share your teaching, students, personal and wellness challenges and successes with other like-minded school leaders?
- Would a regular exchange of best in teaching and guiding practices bring incremental value to your work?
- Do you have a peer advisory group (or like-minded leaders) committed to journey with you for the long run as you teach and guide students, lead your school and serve your community at large?
- Do you look for effective strategies to handle tough issues with students, parents, peers at school, administrators?
- Would you rather learn effective counseling methods from your peers to help students who face or are coping with academic and mental wellness challenges?
If the answer is yes to many of these questions, you are likely a good fit.
What will be a typical agenda for a Teachers PAGE meeting?
- Once a month a group of 8-10 teachers, principals or school leaders gather either in a comfortable physical location or online, giving a sense of sabbatical with time to recharge, reflect, and sharpen ones focus.
- The peer advisory group begins with – Setting the stage for the day with a focus topic or issue
- Facilitated discussions for discovering the latest in teaching methods and thinking – Interactive discussion on best in teaching and guidance principles (may also include a guest speakers who are noted experts on the subject)
- Delving into one member’s issue – this is at the core of the time together as we take a key issue one of the members are facing and building a framework for a path to resolution
- Discernment for one another – each member sharing an issue to be taken up for offline and group meeting
- Buddying to encourage and support each other in the implementation of solutions discussed in meeting
What are the various offerings of the Teachers PAGE?
The Teachers PAGETM offers a variety of options for school leaders to gather on a regular basis with some of their peers. We organize these monthly peer advisory groups based on the profile and needs of the senior school leaders, teachers, principals, and administrators, who register to be members of the PAGETM. We will undertake a free assessment with prospective members to determine the best option to fit your needs.
Sree has spent over 30 years of his life teaching, not just teens, university students but also executives from large global corporations. He has designed and developed psychometric tools of assessments ranging from learning orientation, personality traits, career ability, relationship ability, teacher personality to name a few. His experience of coaching and counseling individuals of all age groups and designing interventions that translate to successful outcomes is an experience worth sharing. His unique teaching methods ranging from Art, Music, Dance therapy to Experiential learning models is what makes him a coach his clients respect. More information: https://thecriticaldialogue.com
Nageen has over 20 years of experience in working with the global corporate sector in key positions of global business development, brand management, DEI, and women leadership development. Nyn as Nageen is fondly known is a reputed leader both in the non-profits and corporate sector who delivers engaging training sessions, articles, and talks on critical topics of DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), Emotional Intelligence, Business beyond Boundaries and challenges of women leaders at the workplace. Nyn has helped thousands of women build a life of success, influence, and positive impact, both within and outside of the USA. Further information: https://nynsdreams.com
Torrey has a deep passion for youth and teens when he is not busy with organizational endeavors. He has mentored several teens in his area and has participated with his local Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which partnered with Big Brother in 2021. This event provided guidance to 90 minority teens who sought to learn life skills. Torrey’s role was to prep the teens (Juniors and Seniors in high school) with understanding how to prepare for virtual and in-person college and career fairs. Torrey enjoys helping teens navigate their daily struggles and facilitating how their perspectives on life will influence their outcomes. Torrey also loves to facilitate open dialogues with teens about “Are You Practicing Life?” This talk is full of ways to view the world from an intrinsic lens to reduce the noise and peer pressures in the world that teens experience. Further information: www.linkedin.com/in/torreyddavis
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind the guidelines are suggestions from The Critical Dialogue based on years of experience assisting peer support groups to grow and thrive. The Critical Dialogue Peer support groups PAGE, are intended to provide motivation, education, and a supportive community. They are not intended as therapy or treatment for medical or any mental health disorder. Neither The Critical Dialogue, its affiliates, nor peer support group leaders are able to provide medical or psychotherapeutic advice or treatment. The Critical Dialogue PAGE is not a substitute for advice from an expert medical practitioner, clinical counselor, advisor, or related institutions. The Critical Dialogue or its constituent partners are not liable for any financial loss, trauma, physical or psychological harm, or any negative consequence that may arise or cause to the member or anyone using this group. By accepting to take part and be a member of The Critical Dialogue PAGEs, you agree to take complete responsibility for the consequences thereof. The members agree to keep complete confidentiality of all PAGE proceedings and member identities from non-members. Such confidentiality will not be applicable when peer group members feel that any member or its constituents are likely to cause harm bodily or otherwise, to self or others. All disputes are subject to the jurisdiction of an Indian court, in this case, Hyderabad, Telangana state, India.
The above disclaimer is applicable for all The Critical Dialogue PAGEs and those who join as members are deemed to have read and agreed to all our terms and conditions before joining any group.