ENGAGING STUDENTS - EMPOWERING TEACHERS - TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS

WHY A LAUSANNE LEARNING TEACHER CONSULTANT?

If you are a Head of School or Division Director, the idea of a teacher consultant may not have occurred to you. Most consultants today are people who have spent as little as 5 years in the classroom and have left it to teach teachers. Just common sense tells us this is not optimal.

Think instead of having an academic initiative in your school, say around UBD or the impact of Meditation or Differentiated Instruction or Student-Driven Project Based Learning. You need buy-in from skeptical faculty, and you want to have a consulting partner who really understands today’s children and faces challenges similar to your own teachers. Enter the Teacher Consultant.

They know today’s students. They are master teachers in their area of expertise, usually have over 10 years of experience, and are currently doing the very thing you are interested in. They are also teacher leaders, having presented at conferences, led initiatives at their own schools, and been innovative thinkers acting as thought leaders with their colleagues.

Check out our growing list of teacher consultants and imagine one of them helping you transform the classrooms in your school. Just remember that Lausanne Learning teachers are student-centered, passionate, expert, and savvy. They will challenge you and your own faculty. They will bring a growth mindset, their own successes and failures, they’ll have plenty of current examples from today’s students, they’ll inspire your culture as a peer with all the authority that provides.

If you want someone who teaches today’s students, you’ll want a Lausanne Learning Teacher Consultant.

WHY A LAUSANNE LEARNING ADMINISTRATOR CONSULTANT?

It begins with mission. Lausanne Learning’s mission.

Engage Students. Empower Faculty. Transform Schools.

You want an Lausanne Learning Administrator Consultant because it’s not about the money, the prestige, or the resume. It’s always about the children. Whether you are looking at your strategic plan, your next campaign, enrollment and re-recruitment challenges, financial analysis, or working with your Board, if the child is not at the center of the conversation you won’t be able to recognize a transformative solution from a business-like solution.

We have no illusions. There are lots of consultants. Some of them are really good.

But if you hire an Lausanne Learning Administrator Consultant, you can be sure of four things:

  1. they will be student-centered based on your mission
  2. they will be focused on transformation, not business as usual
  3. they will be experienced in the big picture as well as in the details
  4. they are passionate, expert, with common-sense

They know today’s students. They are master administrators in their area of expertise, have over 10 years of experience, and are often currently doing the very thing you are interested in. They are also leaders of leaders, having presented at conferences, led initiatives at their own schools, and been innovative thinkers acting as thought leaders with their colleagues. They will challenge you and your own leadership team. They will bring a growth mindset, their own successes and failures, they’ll have plenty of current examples from today’s schools, they’ll inspire your culture as a peer with all the authority that provides.

If you want someone who is student-centered, focused on transformation, experienced, and passionate, you’ll want a Lausanne Learning Administrator Consultant.

A LAUSANNE LEARNING CONSULTANT VISIT

Inviting a Lausanne Learning Teacher Consultant to your school will probably be significantly different from any other consultant you have brought in to partner with your teachers. This is not going to be a workshop with your teachers for a day after which you are on your own.

 

The first stage of any good consult is preparation – this means the consultant educating herself about your school. What are you doing now? How are you doing it? The consultant reads documents and looks at your website and considers your mission. She talks to you and a couple of faculty. She understands the needs of your school and defines the goals and outcomes of the engagement with you.

Note: this is an example only and will be adapted to meet the school’s needs and the advice of the Teacher Consultant.

Part One: the consultant visits classrooms to see the students in action and to talk with them. It’s critical that change fit your culture - otherwise, positive change will never truly occur from a consultant's visit. This is active preparation.

Part Two: the consultant demonstrates their teaching in a fishbowl setting. This means that she teaches one or more groups of your own students while your teachers observe and then reflect together with the consultant. What does your initiative actually look like? What was successful? What are obvious challenges? How does this inspire thinking? In what ways are we prepared for this initiative and what steps do we still need to take? Am I inspired?

Note: this is an example only and will be adapted to meet the school’s needs and the advice of the Teacher Consultant.

Now it’s time to begin the design time with the faculty and the faculty teams. Teachers are now doing the work coached by the consultant. What are we going to do? How? Are there resources we need? What will the implementation calendar look like? The consultant will ensure that there is plenty of reflection (metacognitive process) so that meaning is always infused into the action.

Note: this is an example only and will be adapted to meet the school’s needs and the advice of the Teacher Consultant.

Of course, a Lausanne Learning Teacher Consultant will not transform your school. That is the job of your own teachers. But to ensure that the process has integrity, the consultant will follow-up with two calls to reflect on progress with you and give advice and counsel as to how to proceed forward. Remember, because you were wise to choose a consultant from Lausanne Learning, the consultant doesn’t have to “remember” your school. She is doing those same things on a daily basis in her own classroom. Advice and counsel are from a practitioner!

Note: this is an example only and will be adapted to meet the school’s needs and the advice of the Teacher Consultant.

LAUSANNE LEARNING CONSULTANT PRINCIPLES

All Lausanne Learning consultants endorse the following principles.

I know, understand, respect and support the school’s mission
At the center of every conversation is meeting the child’s needs
I meet the child where the child is
I am a servant leader in my approach
I am expert in my area of consulting
I am authoritative in my area of consulting
I am facilitative in my approach to consulting
I ask questions
I provide solutions fitted to the school I am with
I am flexible
I am committed to my own ongoing professional growth
I am professional in my dress, speech, and actions
I hold all information entirely confidential

LAUSANNE LEARNING CONSULTANT CHARACTERISTICS

All of our consultants exemplify the 5 Lausanne Learning Characteristics.

  1. Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
  3. Imaginative Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
  4. Independent Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
  5. Fearless Character: Lausanne Learning Consultants won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said
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