The LAUNCH!™ professional development is more rigorous and strongly aligns with the work of a school improvement specialist. LAUNCH!™ has had a greater impact on my work than other professional learning experiences.
LAUNCH!™ training has provided CSD participants with a collegial and risk-free environment in which they can reflect upon their past and current practices with their peers. This experience has allowed CSD leaders to pool their collective expertise into the creation of a highly functional learning community in which creative problem solving is valued.
In addition, we learned that as we enter new roles and positions the way in which we work must evolve. This training helped us to understand that a building leader, central office leader and independent consultant must tackle a school improvement task differently. Jean and Deb helped us to understand the difference between being a facilitator of school improvement vs a line administrator charged with the task of school improvement. The facilitation protocols and tools can easily be adapted for almost any situation.
LAUNCH!™ was able to guide me to facilitate the school improvement process through case studies, guided support and practice using the data from the schools I serve. My learning and practice helped me transition from school administrator to effective school improvement consultant.
LAUNCH!™ taught me how to build consensus, determine responsibility and accountability, and increase my circle of influence.