Responding to the changing needs of students and society is at the heart of Stamford American International School's teaching philosophy. 

The Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar presents a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminar is to develop resources and capacities of the organization and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society.

The training not only explores what makes teams effective but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabrics of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the "how" of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching, and learning.

Held at Stamford American International School, Singapore, this EARCOS sponsored professional learning weekend will be held from September 5-8, 2019.



Lynn Sawyer is an international educational consultant, presenting workshops and seminars on learning-focused conversations for mentoring and supervision, facilitating collaborative groups, and data-driven dialogue.
In her 35+ years as an educator, Lynn Sawyer has been a high school teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional developer. As an administrator of a regional professional development agency, she trained a staff of professional development providers and conducted workshops and seminars. She led a district wide implementation of a teacher evaluation system based on A Framework for Teaching (Danielson, 2007 and 2013) focusing on a coaching model to support teacher self-directedness.    Her consulting work includes working with international schools in Europe and the Middle East, as well as Canada.

Lynn is a Training Associate for:

  • Thinking Collaborative (Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools)
  • MiraVia (Mentoring Matters, Data Driven Dialogue, Learning-Focused Supervision)
  • The Danielson Group

Lynn earned her B.A. and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Administration, from the University of Nevada, Reno.


In the 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


Currently, registration is limited to EARCOS Member School participants at a registration cost of 100.00 USD ($SGD 135).

Interested participants from non-EARCOS schools should email to be placed on a wait list. If there are available spots with a week of the workshop, you will receive an invitation to participate. Please note that if you are invited to participate as a non-EARCOS member, the cost will be $200.00 USD ($SGD 265).

Please ensure you are able to attend all four days of the Seminar to receive a completion certificate. 

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