The G.R.E.A.T.! Teachers’ Institute™

Lesson Plans, I.E.P.s, and Behavior Plans, Oh, My!

The work of a teacher is tough and vitally important. In fact, research shows us that a TEACHER is the single-most important factor in student achievement. Dr. Andy’s G.R.E.A.T.! Teacher Institute™ uses his G.R.E.A.T.! Leadership Philosophy™ to develop teachers to build relationships and create happy, high-performing classrooms.


Overview of Institute:

(Dr. Andy will work with principals and district leaders to tailor the Institute to the individual needs of teacher groups and schools in attendance.)

Day 1: Be a G.R.E.A.T.! Teacher – Learning and Leading with SELF

Did you know that our mindsets impact the quality of the work we give and get from others, as well as the outcomes for our students?

How we view ourselves, think and behave, and our daily habits of mind directly impact our ability to build and maintain relationships and drive game-changing results with others.

Day one of the Institute engages teachers in activities of self-discovery about their mindsets, as well as their thinking and behavior attributes. They will learn about specific mindsets that can transform their impact on student morale, classroom climate, and student achievement. The bulk of the day is spent with teachers learning more about themselves by analyzing their thinking and behaving preferences using the Emergentics® Profile in a Meeting of the Minds Workshop. This workshop is designed to increase self-awareness and empower teachers to make more informed decisions about how their instruction impacts students’ learning and how to work more effectively with their colleagues.

Participants will analyze other data points about themselves and develop ways to promote self-reflection and strategies for working with students and peers who do not think and behave like they do.

Day 2: Build High Performing Students – Teaching through Relationships

How do our relationships affect the expectations we hold of ourselves and others?

Day 2 begins with a brief review of Day 1’s inventory results and the why a positive relationship with self is critical for building and maintaining relationships with others.  Then, participants move into structured team building activities and challenges where they interact with others to accomplish common goals. Teachers will use their Emergenetics® profiles to reflect on team dynamics during activities and examine research on the impact of strong relationships on various aspects of school.

The last half of Day 2 focuses on the power of enthusiastic high expectations.  Participants will explore the science behind smiling, laughing, and expressing enthusiasm and develop strategies for infusing enthusiasm into classroom rhythms. Teachers will also examine research on high expectations and learn how to artfully communicate and manage a culture of high expectations.

Teachers will create strategies to build relationships with students and colleagues, design a plan to infuse enthusiasm and high expectations into their classrooms, and design classroom structures that empower students.

Day 3:  Produce Game-Changing Results – Teaching with Data and Determination

Is your classroom reaching its fullest potential for student achievement, in and out of classrooms?

Day 3 of the G.R.E.A.T.! Teachers’ Institute™ focuses on teaching from a results mindset. Teachers will examine the importance of using data points to impact student learning. They will examine how collective leadership impacts student achievement and create formative data rhythms and follow up structures that support student learning to implement in their classrooms.

The institute concludes with a final segment on the impact of tenacity on student results. Participants will examine research on academic tenacity and mindsets, and their implications. They will learn strategies for building tenacity in student expectations, behavior management, and instructional delivery to apply in their classrooms.

Teachers will create formative assessment structures to use daily in classrooms, a rhythm for reviewing student work and taking action, and strategies that build academic tenacity in students.

Follow up to the G.R.E.A.T.! Teachers’ Institute™ may include:


School / Classroom Observations by Dr. Andy and school leadership team


Monthly / Quarterly Professional Development Sessions

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