Agenda - What to Expect

Are you considering the Waters Center for Systems Thinking Credential Program? Here is what you can expect as part of this year-long opportunity to build your skills in systems thinking, coaching and facilitation.

Applications for Cohort 1 (June 2021 - May 2022) and Cohort 2 (Sept. 2021 - August 2022) are now closed.
Application deadline for Cohort 3 (May 2022 - April 2023) is Friday, April 29, 2022.

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Cohort 1:
June 17, 2021

Cohort 2:
September 23, 2021

Cohort 3:
May 11, 2022

Professional Learning Session One
6 Hours
Getting Started
  • Program overview
  • Building the Community
  • Story of the Waters Center
  • Systems thinking through multiple lenses: Systems thinking frameworks
  • Deep dive into the Habits of a Systems Thinker
  • Self assesmdent on Habits and tools of systems thinking

Cohort 1:
June 18, 2021

Cohort 2:
September 24, 2021

Cohort 3:
May 13, 2022

Professional Learning Session Two
6 Hours
Extraordinary Learning
  • Meet your learning team and coach
  • Your best learning experiences
  • Facilitation tips
  • Individual and Team Learning Plan development
  • Demonstration assignments for Session 3

Cohort 1:
July 15, 2021

Cohort 2:
October 21, 2021

Cohort 3:
June 8, 2022

Professional Learning Session Three
4 Hours
Learning by Doing
  • Learning team check in
  • Feedback protocols
  • Demo teaching and feedback
  • Team Debrief

Cohort 1:
July 16, 2021

Cohort 2:
October 22, 2021

Cohort 3:
June 10, 2022

Professional Learning Session Four
4 Hours
Facilitation Design
  • The power of carefully phrased, open-ended questions
  • Workshop design: know your learners, content-connection-community triangle, participant engagement, monitoring of difficulty, next steps for practice
  • Learning team check-in

Cohort 1:
August 19, 2021

Cohort 2:
November 19, 2021

Cohort 3:
July 13, 2022

Professional Learning Session Five
4 Hours
Making Connections: Meaningful Learning
  • Connection circles and online causal loop platform: Cauzality
  • Learning team check-in

Cohort 1:
September 14, 2021

Cohort 2:
December 9, 2021

Cohort 3:
August 10, 2022

Professional Learning Session Six
2 Hours
Systems Stories
  • Archetypes: what, when and how to teach
  • Learning team check-in

Cohort 1:
October 14, 2021

Cohort 2:
January 20, 2022

Cohort 3:
September 14, 2022

Professional Learning Session Seven
2 Hours
Maps that Build Understanding
  • Stock-flow maps
  • Learning team coaching
  • Stock-flow maps as archetypes: Infection, enrollment, advocates and resistors
  • Learning team check-in

Cohort 1:
November 18, 2021

Cohort 2:
February 24, 2022

Cohort 3:
October 12, 2022

Professional Learning Session Eight
2 Hours
Spontaneity Day
  • Making learning fun–Gamification
  • Learning team coaching
  • Learning team debrief

Cohort 1:
January 13, 2022

Cohort 2:
April 21, 2022

Cohort 3:
November 9, 2022

Professional Learning Session Nine
6 Hours
Learning by Doing Two
  • Learning team check-in
  • Demo teaching and feedback
  • Development of team practice case

Cohort 1:
February 17, 2022

Cohort 2:
May 19, 2022

Cohort 3:
January 11, 2023

Professional Learning Session Ten
2 Hours
Learning in Context
  • Sharing of team practice case
  • Models of coaching: Directive, facilitative, transformative
  • Coaching questions

Cohort 1:
March 17, 2022

Cohort 2:
June 16, 2022

Cohort 3:
February 8, 2023

Professional Learning Session Eleven
2 Hours
Coaching: Supporting the Learning of Others
  • Reflective Coaching
  • Ladder of Inference applied to Coaching
  • Coaching practice

Cohort 1:
April 14, 2022

Cohort 2:
July 14, 2022

Cohort 3:
March 8, 2023

Professional Learning Session Twelve
2 Hours
Facilitating Learning
  • Open Space
  • Prep for summative assesmdents
  • Closing
Summative Performance-based Assesmdents – To be scheduled individually
In addition to the above sessions you may have additional sessions with members of your learning team and will be required to check in with your Waters Center coach once a month.