Systems Thinking Level 1: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Learning and Leading

June 6 – 9, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Office of the Pima County School Superintendent

200 North Stone Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85701

This workshop will provide an introduction to systems thinking and its connections to other effective instructional practices and school improvement efforts. During the workshop, participants will:
  • develop skills and knowledge in the use of systems thinking concepts and tools.
  • experience, practice and discuss interactive, inquiry-based instructional and school improvement strategies.
  • use systems thinking tools to analyze complex issues and identify high leverage interventions.
  • develop and share a plan of application relevant to their work.

Cost is $400 per person and includes all materials, lunch, snacks and validated parking.

Group Discounts
Team of 2-4 from the same site – $350 per person
Team of 5 or more from the same site – $300 per person
(contact r.banks@watersfoundation.org to receive a discount code)

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Systems Thinking Level 2: Embracing the Power of Visual Tools, Including Simulation Models

Description:

June 12 – 15, 2017

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pima Regional Support Center

200 North Stone Avenue

Tucson, AZ

 

Expand your knowledge of systems thinking through an exploration of tools and concepts in a variety of contexts. Participants will:

  • utilize the ladder of inference and iceberg visual as frameworks for systems analysis.
  • build interconnected causal loops.
  • create stock/flow maps.
  • experience, develop and test simulation models using kinesthetic activities and modeling software.
  • identify how the same simulation model can represent systems in different disciplines, including math, science, social studies, and literature.
  • use simulation models to explore “what if” scenarios and look for leverage to solve an identified issue.
  • develop an implementation plan.

Prerequisite: Level 1

Cost is $400 per person and includes all materials, lunch, snacks and validated parking.

Group Discounts
Team of 2-4 from the same site – $350 per person
Team of 5 or more from the same site – $300 per person
(contact r.banks@watersfoundation.org to receive a discount code)

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Webinar: Systems Thinking In Turkey

Tuesday, June 20, 2017Turkey Webinar

11:00 am ET

Facilitators: 

Özlem Orçun, Academic Coordinator
Sema Yiğitgil, Elementary School Teacher
Nurdan Ellez, Education Consultant

 

Join us for this webinar and learn from our colleagues in Turkey as they share their experiences applying systems thinking in the Turkish education system. The following topics will be highlighted:

Singing Frogs

A short tale for kindergarten students about ecosystem written by Özlem Orçun. The narrative is constructed with systems thinking tools (fixes
that fail archetype and ladder of inference) in mind. See how use of the systems thinking tools make this story understandable, even for readers who do not speak Turkish.  This will be a powerful demonstration for teachers applying systems thinking to their own early literacy work.

Arithmetic with stock-flow maps

Last year some classroom teachers used stock-flow maps to introduce addition and subtraction to first graders. Satisfied with their results, they applied the same tool to multiplication with various problem sets. Second grade students, with systems thinking background from previous year, grasped the concept easily and were able to solve relatively difficult problems using stock-flow maps as templates.

Holistic Education Program

Two teachers established an organization for after school activities. This year, they presented their holistic approach on designing after school activities using systems thinking tools. During the webinar they will share some of their results infusing systems thinking into an after school program and sharing the concepts with parents and the community.

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Camp Snowball

Cultivating Skills and Mindsets for the Future

July 10-14, 2017
Crystal Springs Resort
Minerals Hotel
Vernon, NJ

 

Take advantage of this unique professional development opportunity for educators.  Camp Snowball offers focused, in-depth applied learning sessions facilitated by experienced practitioners and peers to help you cultivate your capabilities to teach and lead for the future. This highly interactive professional development program offers participants:

  • Common tools and understandings that can be used – no matter what your role – so teams can successfully collaborate across departments and other boundaries to improve learning outcomes.
  • Intensive workshops, learning journeys and enrichment sessions that provide theory, and most importantly, practice.
  • Opportunities to share your work, and to teach and learn from peers.
  • Ways to address recurring challenges such as equity and disproportionate discipline fundamentally, instead of with a quick fix that doesn’t last.

Form more information and to register, visit the Camp Snowball website.

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Systems Thinking Level 1: Developing Capacity for Thinking, Learning and Leading

Description:

August 7-9, 2017
Mequon-Thiensville School District
Mequon, WI

 

This 3-day workshop will provide an introduction to systems thinking and its connections to other effective instructional practices and school improvement efforts.  During the workshop, participants will:

  • Develop skills and knowledge in the use of systems thinking concepts and tools.
  • Experience, practice and discuss interactive, inquiry-based instructional and school improvement strategies.
  • Use systems thinking tools to analyze complex issues and identify high leverage interventions.
  • Develop and share a plan of application relevant to their work.

Cost is $400 per person and includes all materials, lunch, and snacks.

Group Discounts
Team of 2-4 from the same site – $350 per person
Team of 5 or more from the same site – $300 per person
(contact r.banks@watersfoundation.org to receive a discount code)

Click here to register.

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Systems Thinking Institute – Tucson

Register Now!

September 27-30, 2017
Tucson, AZ
Hilton El Conquistador Resort

 

Be a part of a transformational approach to learning, problem-solving and understanding the world…. be a part of the Systems Thinking Institute in sunny Tucson.

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators (K-12, College and University)
  • District and School Administrators
  • Business Leaders
  • Government Leaders
  • Community Members
  • Youth Program Leaders/Facilitators
What’s on the agenda?

  • Keynote speakers
  • Field trips
  • Unique and lively workshops
  • Group activities
  • Networking event

 

Please visit the website for more information or email info@watersfoundation.org to receive updates. 

 

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