Having Hard Conversations



Presented by the Greater Rochester Teacher Center Network in collaboration with the Genesee Valley ASCD


Jennifer Abrams, Author

Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach in Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, CA), Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant and author who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and the newest book, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.

Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog. More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website, www.jenniferabrams.com, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams. <Read More>


Evening Program Description

Having Hard Conversations

As administrators, coaches or colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed.What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what environments are best for when we do speak? Based on Jennifer’s book, Having Hard Conversations, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with action plans and scripting tools for having those necessary hard conversations.

Participants will learn how to:

*Identify why they hesitate having hard conversations

*Choose questions to ask themselves before they choose to speak up

*Articulate in professional language the challenges they are facing

*Determine the goals of the conversation and write an action plan of support

*Script the conversation avoiding trigger words that put others on the defensive

*Choose the best 'wheres' and 'whens' for a productive discussion


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Ridgemont Country Club, 3717 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY


Cost: $20, GVASCD Members $15


Register today! https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13576&I=3140789


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