• Leadership

Swimming in the Deep End - What Does It Take?

PL # 12177.
Starting on 12 Jun 2019
Cancellation permitted until 06 Jun 2019

Event registrations closed on 07 Jun 2019

Delivery Format :

Event registration is Closed


No matter what role we play in a school (teacher, team lead, admin), we all strive to make a difference for students. We have initiatives we want to roll out, mandates to fulfill, and projects to design. Yet with how fast we move in education these days, we don't spend enough time on our communication around those projects and we end up being less successful as we could be in getting our messages across. We need to build up a skillset of messaging capabilities, ‘resistance management’ strategies and for the sake of our health, our ‘stress tolerance’. This workshop will provide support, a laugh, and some cognitive, social and psychological resources to help you communicate more effectively, confidently and collaboratively about whatever project or initiative you are undertaking.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Assess their cognitive, social and psychological 'deep end' skill sets
  • Learn more about decision making and implementation of decisions, the complexity of it all and where we ‘trip up’ in our messaging around decisions
  • Look at the research around resistance to change and develop a tool kit for managing resistance
  • Develop a bandwidth and strength around psychologically managing our ourselves and building our 'stress tolerance' during times of change


Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer  Abrams

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators and others on new teacher/employee support, having hard conversations, collaboration skills and being your best adult self at work.

In her over two decades at Palo Alto Unified School District (Palo Alto, CA, USA), Jennifer was a high school English teacher, new teacher coach, and professional development facilitator. She left PAUSD in 2012 to start her full time communications consultancy in which she works with schools and organizations across the globe.

Jennifer presents at annual North American-based conferences such as Learning Forward, ASCD, NASSP, NAESP, AMLE, ISACS and the New Teacher Center Annual Symposium among others.  Internationally, she facilitated with the Teachers’ and Principals’ Centers for International School Leadership (TTC and PTC) and presents with EARCOS, NESA, ECIS, AISA, AASSA, CEESA and Tri-Association, and consults with schools across Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Canada.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, the Whens and the What Ifs, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives, and her upcoming book, Stretching Your Learning Edge: Growing (Up) at Work, will be out in April of 2021.

Jennifer has been recognized as one of “21 Women All K-12 Educators Need to Know” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’ blog. She considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of a group, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee. Jennifer can be reached at jennifer@jenniferabrams.com, www.jenniferabrams.com, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.


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Date / Time

12 Jun 2019
Starts: 08:30
Finishes: 16:00

Wollaston Conference Centre - Perth

PL Hours : 6.50

Learning Area

  • Leadership

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