What | An opportunity to develop skills in Systems Thinking to improve student learning
“Systems Thinking takes your students to a whole other level of learning, and it hits so many standards all at once because it’s applicable to literally everything you do in the classroom. Lessons that I’ve been teaching for years and years have truly been enhanced through systems thinking: I saw better results in their reading, I saw better results in their math, and I knew it was because they were thinking in a different way.” — Anna Geras, Elementary School Teacher
Educators are juggling many seemingly disconnected initiatives, strategies, and methods. Systems Thinking enables you to step back and see the whole picture and understand how to focus your efforts to greatest effect. When you have a clear and deep understanding of how your classroom, schools, and community are interconnected systems, you are better equipped to identify practical actions that solve problems and lead to improvements. This three-day workshop with expert instruction from the nationally-known Waters Foundation will introduce systems thinking concepts, habits and tools that will help you develop:
- Decision-making and problem-solving approaches that will help you and your colleagues identify and address barriers to success
- Effective communication and collaboration skills
- Positive and empowering classroom and organizational cultures
- A capability to analyze complex issues and identify high-leverage interventions
- A practical plan ready to immediately implement in your classroom or school
“Systems thinking (and Waters Foundation) has provided the opportunity for Twin Rivers USD employees to develop new skills and behaviors to resolve long-standing issues that have historically impacted student achievement. Also, it has repurposed how and why we deliver services to schools and students and the role each of us play in student/teacher success. Without a doubt, systems thinking has accelerated the process in building capacity in the system for all staff.” — Dr. Steven Martinez, SuperintendentInstructor
As a leader, author and innovator in the fields of systems thinking and organizational learning, Tracy Benson, Ed.D., brings extensive practitioner experience to education, government and corporate work in her role as president of the Waters Foundation.
As an educator, she taught at the elementary and secondary levels and served as a school principal, district level professional developer, evaluator and adjunct professor in both undergraduate and graduate university programs for teachers and administrators.
She has contributed to numerous publications that have highlighted her extensive systems thinking work in education, including the best-selling Schools that Learn by Peter Senge and co-authored Structuring Schools for Success, A Practitioner’s View. Most recently she is co-author of The Habit-forming Guide to Becoming a Systems Thinker. Tracy Benson designs and leads sessions that engage, motivate and inspire individuals and groups devoted to making positive differences in their schools, organizations and communities.