Adaptive Schools Training: 4 Day Intensive Foundation Training

6/27/2018, 6/28/2018
The registration period has closed for this event.

8:30 AM-4:00 PM

 Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided

*Please register by 3.23.18 to ensure that all materials are available 

Registration open through 6/27/2018 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


The work of the Thinking Collaborative is to develop resources and capacities of the organization & individuals to respond to the changing needs of students and society. The growing body of work on the power of collaborative adult creatures in schools offers a positive and productive means for organizing the work of ongoing school improvement. In such cultures, professionals learn to talk about the hard-to-talk-about details of learning, teaching, assessment and the cumulative effects of their work with students.


In this four-day Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, participants will develop:

  • An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups
  • New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development
  • An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools
  • Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations forms and values of each
  • Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus
  • Ways to value and use dissension, argument, and conflict
  • Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energized and resourceful


Participants who attend 3 out of 4 trainings will be eligible to attend more advanced adaptive schools trainings.


Target Audience: Administrators, Teacher Leaders and Instructional Coaches


Pandora Taylor partners with district and organizations to build their capacity for educating ALL students together. She has extensive experience and knowledge co-teaching, adapting curriculum for students with and without disabilities, and supporting adults as they support diverse learners in general education classrooms. Her passion is building partnerships with administrators, educators, families, and youth to create a more inclusive educational system.

She was a consultant/coach and Assistant Director of Project CHOICES, a state-wide Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) initiative of the ISBE.  She supported Chicago Public Schools as part of the Corey H settlement agreement. She has over 20 years experience nationally and locally collaborating, coaching and presenting.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration.  She is currently part of a development team creating online learning opportunities for Illinois educators.

Tammie Henry is the owner and manager of Deep Roots Consulting, an organizational and educational consulting firm specializing in building capacity of systems, implementation of evidenced based practices, and supporting collaborative groups. Tammie draws from her 27 years of experiences in the education field as she provides consultation, professional learning uniquely designed to support client needs, and follow-up coaching and technical assistance to increase the likelihood of implementation and client success.

Tammie is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she received a BA in elementary and special education.  After graduation, she taught special education at Mt. Vernon Township High School.  During that time, she supported students with mild to severe disabilities to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to fully integrate into the school and community.Tammie completed her post graduate work at Eastern Illinois University. She earned a Master of Science in Education and a Specialist in Education degree in Educational Administration.  She utilized her advanced degrees as a building principal and district superintendent.

Tammie is a certified training associate for Adaptive Schools.  She is an accomplished facilitator, presenter, coach, and consultant specializing in supporting individuals and groups in becoming collaborative, efficacious, and self-directing. 

Continuing Education Credits

Professional Development Credit: Hours - 24

Six Professional Development Hours awarded each day of participation.


Free of charge for CASE member districts and staff (Districts 15, 16, 41, 44, 87, 89, 93).
$200 for the four-day training for all other registrants.



The Adaptive School Book as well as other materials for the training are included.

D15 Marquardt Administration Center

1860 Glen Ellyn Road
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

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About Us

The Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE) is a joint agreement between Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Glenbard Township High School District 87, Community Consolidated School District 89 and Community Consolidated School District 93 in DuPage County. CASE provides varied supports so that each member district can offer a complete range of services to students with special needs between the ages of 3 and 22 years.

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