Learning-focused Relationships: Promoting Growth and Developing Professional Excellence – Part One


This interactive seminar explores the important relationship between educational practitioners and their colleagues; educational leaders, mentors, and coaches whose role as growth agents is to develop and expand professional expertise and promote adult learning. The course will include demonstrations and models from virtual and face-to-face environments.

The sessions provide the fundamental skills and knowledge to increase capacity and decrease dependency across a wide-range of experiences and at all levels of performance.  Four two-hour virtual sessions offer practical tools, specific templates, and technical tips for developing learning-focused relationships between colleagues to increase professional expertise.

(8 hours Synchronous sessions with 4 hours independent Asynchronous work)

Participants will learn to:

  • Balance the three functions of learning-focused relationships: offering support, creating cognitive challenge, and facilitating professional vision.
  • Navigate across four stances on a continuum of interaction from most to least directive. Explore specific strategies related to each stance for customizing learning-focused conversations.
  • Apply verbal and non-verbal tools for increasing receptivity, confidence and skills with instructional decision-making and problem solving.
  • Facilitate structured planning and reflecting conversations that maximize time and provide a focus on continuous growth.

Instructors: Lisa Danielson and Peggy Olcott, MiraVia Associates

Class is limited to 30 participants.

Dates: August 7 & 14, 2023

AM Session 8:30-10:30 PST/Break & Asynchronous Work/ PM Session 12:30-2:30 PST

Cost: $375.00

Note: You will need our book, Mentoring Matters:  A Practical Guide to Learning-focused Relationships, Third Edition, for this course.

Note: Foundation Part Two of this course will be offered August 15 & 17, 2023.  Attend both and receive a $50 discount.