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Cultivating a High Functioning Classroom Culture

Date: Saturday - December 02, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Caedmon School

416 E 80th St, New York, NY 10075  Map
for all grades 
Facilitators: Betsy McKenna
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Understanding the core drivers of classroom culture is central to building a strong mission-centered school community. Through this workshop, we will explore how culture affects every aspect of your classroom and the collective community. Culture has the ability to transform a learning environment; and, if cultivated properly, will allow for a deeply engaged, participatory and results-driven classroom.

Research shows that an intentional school culture has the ability to amplify the energy and vitality of the overall community. Classrooms become sub-cultures and teacher leaders become active designers; engaged in the process of creating learning environments where everyone is known, valued, and has a sense of belonging.

This workshop is designed for teacher leaders in their quest to cultivate a high functioning classroom culture where all constituents are challenged to be their best self. During our time together, we will examine how to promote authentic relationships, inspire a shared vision and develop the capacity for innovation.

Over the course of the day, participants will be engaged in a dynamic exchange around the following topics:

  • Define Culture
  • Deconstruct 5 Cultural Frames
  • Explore Cultural Drivers
  • Identify Your Culture Influencers
  • Challenge Hidden Assumptions
  • Build Meaningful and Collaborative Partnerships
  • Create Personalized Culture Action Step

Betsy McKenna is the Founder of Exponential Returns, a company designed to help professionals in the academic and nonprofit communities advance individual and team performance by deepening conversations, tapping into creative minds and talents, and fostering strategic relationships.  With over two decades of educational leadership experience, Betsy was a senior administrator and teacher at the early elementary level where she gained experience at reputable independent schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.  She successfully founded a Beginners Program at the New Canaan Country School in CT in 1995 and became the Head of the Early Childhood Division in 2002.  From 2011-2014, Elizabeth served as the Head of the Lower School Division of The Town School in New York City.

Betsy describes herself as a life-long learner whose work is also her passion as she is committed to building progressive academic communities that embody twenty first century teaching and learning.  In 2015, Betsy became a certified coach through Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program.  She continued with certifications by acquiring the NBI Assessment, a test she can administer that measures thinking preferences; and the MBTI, a personality assessment tool.  As a coach, consultant, and educator, Betsy wears many hats to service her clients. (See website:

Betsy holds a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College, specializing in supervision and administration. She is currently based in the vibrant and dynamic city of New York and has three adult children who remain her greatest source of inspiration. 

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Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $210.00
  • Non-members - $245.00

Early Discount of $20.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event

Late Fee of $10.00 will appily within 2 days of the event.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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