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Leadership with Bill Sommers

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools

Improve collective efficacy in schools through meaningful professional conversations

As technology substitutes for face-to-face connections, educators can feel like they’re practicing their craft in isolation. Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools is a framework for revitalising the art of the professional conversation. It guides educators through structures for collaboration, offers access to vast storehouses of applied wisdom, and facilitates a coherent knowledge base for standards of excellence. You will find out about...

  • nine conversational strategies designed to promote collective teacher efficacy
  • learning scenarios that demonstrate the effectiveness of these conversations in action
  • accessible Conversational Dashboard that assists in analysing conditions for success

Face-to-face conversational skill is a fundamental foundation for establishing effective relationships and collaboration. Drawing from his rich career with coaching and facilitation, Bill will offer strategies that will expand your conversational repertoire and provide insight into how to respond meaningfully in an ever-changing environment.

Your Workshop Leader

Dr Bill Sommers

Dr Bill Sommers lives in Texas, and has been consultant for Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, Brain Research, Poverty, Conflict Management, and Classroom Management strategies.

Bill is the former Director of Leadership & Organisational Development for Manor ISD in Texas, the former Executive Director for Secondary Curriculum and Professional Learning for Minneapolis Public Schools, and a school administrator for over 40 years.

He has co-authored seven books, including Living on a Tightrope - a survival Handbook for Principals, How to Ride the Wave of Change Without Drowning, Reflective Practice to Improve Schools and now Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools.

He is a practitioner who integrates theory into the learning opportunities he facilitates.

ALL VENUES CANCELLED because of the Teacher rolling strikes during this week. We have revised how Bill will get information to schools - please email for more details.
TIME: 4 - 6pm (Tea, coffee & nibbles available from 3.45pm)

$45 per person or
$35 pp for groups of 3+

Book Deal:
$85 per person including the new Nine Professional Conversations to Change Schools.($45 pp + $40 for the book - normally $53)

Can't make the workshop? Order the book here...

Book online by clicking of the town above - and pay with a credit card (a small online booking fee will apply) or
Email us: and we can invoice the school (payable before the event)