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Adaptive Organizations:  Developing and Facilitating Collaborative Groups, Day 3

Friday, April 19, 2013     8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Edgewood College Deming Way Campus, 1255 Deming Way, Madison, Wisconsin.


For organizations to effectively respond to the press for accountability and provide quality services for all clients, they must simultaneously address two perennial goals. One goal is the professional development of individual staff members. The second is the development of the organization's capacity to learn, collaborate and be adaptive. Both build the capacity for organizational improvement, without which reform efforts will fail.

In this Adaptive Organizations Training, leaders and group members will learn ways to influence and attain more productive and satisfying meetings in which members develop new norms and skills for collegial interaction, goal clarification, problem-solving and decision-making.  

Participants will have opportunities during the seminar to dialogue and discuss with affinity groups about workplace implications and applications of these principles and strategies.

Day 3— Successful Meetings


  • To apply Structures for Successful Meetings
  • To apply Meeting Standards
  • To develop perspectives and tools for decision-making conversations

This program is the third of a four part series of adult learning seminars.  You don’t need to have attended the first or second parts.  

Presenters: Carolyn M. McKanders, M.A., M.S.W.

Carolyn McKandersCarolyn McKanders is an international educational consultant specializing in individual, group and organizational development. Carolyn's passion is promoting quality human relationships through communication, collaboration, and leadership skills development. Over the past five years she has worked as an independent consultant providing staff development through presentations, group facilitation, and instructional and leadership coaching. Her expertise includes providing polarity management training that helps organizations identify and manage competing tensions inherent in social systems. Carolyn's background includes 28 years of experience in Detroit Public Schools as a teacher, counselor and staff development specialist.

Michael Dolcemascolo, M.A., C.A.S.

Michael DolcemascoloMichael Dolcemascolo is the former Assistant Director of Staff Development at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services, providing professional training to the 23 school districts surrounding the city of Syracuse in central New York. Now an independent consultant, Michael regularly presents workshops to educators on Cognitive CoachingSM, Adaptive Schools, learning styles, presentation skills and many other topics to urban, suburban, and rural schools. Michael delightfully spends much of his energy mentoring coaches who wish to become agency trainers for their systems and also regularly facilitates groups that are planning, problem-resolving, and engaging in change.

You may choose to participate in the seminar by enrolling in the course for 1 graduate credit or you may audit the course for no credit. Participants who take the course for credit will be required to attend the session and complete a paper as a follow-up assignment. The cost for the credit-bearing option is $200. The cost for auditing the course is $75.

If you are a current Edgewood College student, you will not receive account set-up information. You will be billed as normal for the tuition cost of the seminar.

Registration Instructions:

Registration for the seminar is available online. Complete the online application.

  1. In the Course Selection section of the application, enter the following course number and title for question #3: EDP 811B   Adaptive Organizations: Successful Meetings. 
  2. Enter April 19, 2013 as the answer to Question #4.
  3. Select “1” or "Audit" for the number of credits in Question #5, depending on whether you are taking the course for credit or not.
  4. After you submit the application, you will receive the following message in the next screen:  “Thank you for submitting your application to Edgewood College. We look forward to having you join us.” You will be set up with an Edgewood College student ID and email address and will receive an admittance letter in the mail confirming the information. After the Edgewood College Business Office receives confirmation of your registration, they will send you an email with your billing statement.

If you have questions about the seminars or the registration process, please contact Kellie Murphy at 608-663-4225 or kmurphy@edgewood.edu.

Monroe St
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Deming Way
1255 Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: (800) 444-4861
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