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Appreciative Inquiry: Strengths-Based Organizational Change Supervision and Management

Organizations such as schools are full of different problems, right? Effective educators identify these problems, brainstorm solutions, and motivate others to adopt a fix, right? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you haven’t adopted a success mindset. Learn a radically different “change management” approach that will reset your attitudes and behaviors by teaching you to capitalize on strengths.


Camps, Schools
Data Don’t Lie: Designing Assessment Tools for Your Camp Supervision and Management

Whether you want a better exit survey or a new camper satisfaction questionnaire, Chris can put his geeky expertise to work for you by helping you design reliable and valid assessment tools. Stop operating your camp on hunches, impressions, and personal biases. Instead, base your program improvement on scientific evidence. Links to the ACA’s expansive assessment tool database will be provided.


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Data Don’t Lie: Designing Assessment Tools for Your School Supervision and Management

Whether you want a better exit survey or a new student satisfaction questionnaire, Chris can put his geeky expertise to work for you by helping you design reliable and valid assessment tools. Stop operating your school on hunches, impressions, and personal biases. Instead, base your program improvement on scientific evidence. Links to commonly used student assessment tools will be provided.


Schools
Extreme Makeover: Staff Training Week Edition Supervision and Management

Stop putting your staff to sleep by reading pages from your staff training manual! It’s time to overhaul your entire training program by using the MAP-IT technique. (M=Masterful meetings; A=Arc [logical temporal arc]; P=Practical; I=Individual time; T=Together time) This creative workshop for senior camp management will push the group to re-think and re-design staff education from the bottom up.


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Go Tech-Know: Designing Your Camp’s Electronic Technology Policy Supervision and Management

Every summer youth program needs an electronic technology policy for campers and staff, but few have one. Evaluate the pros and cons of everything from smartphones to fitness watches and emerge with a coherent, mission-driven policy that young participants, youth leaders, and even parents can adhere to. Sidestep market pressures and stay true to your camp’s roots.


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Homesickness Prevention Programs for Boarding Schools Supervision and Management

Nearly 70% of homesickness can be prevented in the months before camp starts! Join the enlightened group of educational professionals who have implemented Chris’s carefully researched methods. Watch your homesickness rates plummet right along with parental anxiety and staff frustration. Upgrade your prevention program with a powerful combination of program design and pre-arrival, online engagement.


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Homesickness Prevention Programs for Camps and Summer Youth Programs Supervision and Management

Nearly 70% of homesickness can be prevented in the months before camp starts! Join the enlightened group of camp directors who have implemented Chris’s carefully researched methods. Watch your homesickness rates plummet right along with parental anxiety and staff frustration. Upgrade your prevention program with a powerful combination of program design and pre-arrival, online engagement.


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Instantly Public: Perks and Perils of Digital Communication Supervision and Management

Are your students and employees using the Internet responsibly? Too often, the perceived anonymity of sitting alone with a screen lowers people’s inhibitions and leads them to post lascivious content, sometimes accompanied by your school’s logo. Educate to protect with some timeless parameters of integrity and respect.


Camps, Schools
Ma’am, Put Down the Phone and Step Away from the Child! How to Soothe Parental Anxiety Supervision and Management

We can’t arrest our over-anxious, over-involved parents, but we can do lots to soothe their anxiety and curb their micromanagement impulses. This practical session gives you and your staff realistic, effective tools to help parents manage stress so you can get on with the business of running a camp and promoting youth development. Coach parents to let go for a bit and allow their child to blossom.


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Preserving Professional Staff-Camper Boundaries: Essential Concepts Supervision and Management

Youth leaders can sometimes enter a grey area in which personal information is over-shared, physical touch becomes inappropriate, and emotional connections creep beyond what’s comfortable. This essential workshop details key responsibilities and boundary-preserving strategies. No youth program should begin the season without explicit coverage of this cornerstone of professionalism.


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Preserving Professional Teacher-Student Boundaries: Essential Concepts Supervision and Management

Professional educators can sometimes enter a grey area in which personal information is over-shared, physical touch becomes inappropriate, and emotional connections creep beyond what’s comfortable. This essential workshop details key responsibilities and boundary-preserving strategies. No school should begin the year without explicit coverage of this cornerstone of professionalism.


Schools
Preventing Staff and Director Burn-Out: Best Practices for Stress Management Supervision and Management

Staff at any level can burn out when negative attitudes, maladaptive behaviors, and unwise use of time off take hold. Using an ecological model, this workshop teaches just the right combination of cognitive and behavioral strategies so that all youth leaders can maintain peak performance and sprint across the finish line stress-free.


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Program Perfection: Keys to Running Superior Activity Periods Supervision and Management

We all remember the times at camp when we had so much fun we almost peed our pants. What was the magic combination of challenge, enthusiasm, novelty, and achievement that made it all come together so nicely? This workshop compels staff to shed mundane coaching and supervision techniques in favor of innovation and spunk.


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Providing Effective Feedback, Part I: Written Goal Setting and Evaluation Supervision and Management

All professional educators deserve honest feedback about their performance. In addition, heads and deans need to document the results of evaluations to fulfill legal requirements and inform next year’s hiring. This workshop showcases an intriguing variety of assessment methods. Learn how to set your faculty and staff up for success with concrete goals, achievable benchmarks and measurable outcomes.


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Providing Effective Feedback, Part II: In-Person Praise and Criticism Supervision and Management

Whether you’re in a supervisory position or not, providing feedback to your colleagues is an essential skill for leadership growth and development. Of course, the barrier to providing feedback is that relationships are at stake. This advanced workshop teaches youth leaders how to preserve good relationships while providing clear, in-person feedback in ways that boost everyone’s performance.


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Putting Camp Jobs on Your Resume: A Primer for Camp Staff Supervision and Management

Some youth leaders will make camp their life’s work; most will choose other careers. Precious few will be able to communicate the awesome responsibility of caring for other people’s children and leading diverse groups toward meaningful goals. Learn how to convince a future employer why camp experience makes you an ideal hire.


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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Camps Supervision and Management

This classic workshop has been imitated but never replicated. A favorite among camp directors, and sure to promote months of discussion among your senior staff, this workshop draws on Chris’s 35+ years of camp experience and 15+ years of consulting to the finest camps in the country. Intended only for camp professionals with a long-term vision of positive transformation.


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Time Management for Professional Educators Supervision and Management

You might try to shoehorn a few more things into your schedule, but the world will still rotate relentlessly once every 24 hours. So although we cannot actually manage time, we can manage our lives in a way that takes full advantage of the time we have by protecting our priorities and being mindful of our choices. The perfect workshop for anyone who hasn’t had time to read a book or take a course on time management.


Schools
Time Management for Youth Leaders Supervision and Management

You might try to shoehorn a few more things into your schedule, but the world will still rotate relentlessly once every 24 hours. So although we cannot actually manage time, we can manage our lives in a way that takes full advantage of the time we have by protecting our priorities and being mindful of our choices. The perfect workshop for anyone who hasn’t had time to read a book or take a course on time management.


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Wise Use of Time Off Supervision and Management

Whether you work at day or overnight camp, you’ll need to spend your time off wisely so when you’re on duty you’re ready for anything. Working at camp takes energy and patience, but if you return to camp exhausted or hung-over, you’re likely to burn out quickly. This candid module provides solid advice on managing stress and returning refreshed from time off.


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