Leading adult learning workshops to improve learning for all

A collaborative partnership with internationally acclaimed educator Joan Dalton

IF… you lead the learning of adults and teams in your school or workplace...

IF… you want to build your own and others’ capabilities to engage in skilful, rigorous, learning-focused conversations...

IF… you want to increase teamwork effectiveness, collective leadership and responsibility for improving student learning...

        THEN this course is tailor-made for you!

*The registrations for all 2019 workshops are now closed. If you are keen for 2020 workshops, please reach out to Mel Stopford directly at m.stopford@evaluate.co.nz *

Based on the highly successful 2018 workshops, we are excited to offer these again in 2019.

Constructed with the support and mentorship of Joan Dalton, this programme will enable you to:

  • create a learning focused culture
  • build effective collaboration and teamwork skills
  • engage in different types of powerful conversations focused on moving learning forward
  • develop your leadership and ‘Art of Facilitation’ expertise in working with adult learners
  • use a wealth of practical strategies, tools and protocols to enhance the effectiveness of the adults you lead.

Feedback from 2018 Participants

“Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this professional learning. The additional power has been that we have attended as a team and therefore taken the collective learning back to our setting. We now have shared understandings and expectations to ensure that all the leading of adult learning is engaging, has clear purposes and expectations, and ensures the deepest learning occurs.”

Raewyn Saunders, Principal, Fendalton School

“Having the choice to engage as a leadership team away from our learning spaces has been a great opportunity to learn ways to support one another while developing the complex story of leadership in a safe and welcoming way. Being able to see the skills and actions develop, fine tuned and enhanced across our whole team and then to see this flow through our entire school has demonstrated the valuable nature of all the wonderful conversations we have engaged in through the workshop days and the follow up coaching.

We always walk away from these sessions with a plan that is shared across the entire team. The facilitators are all engaging and share a wealth of skills; modelling effectively the techniques being developed.An A+ year of learning.”

Andrew Mouat, Principal, Templeton School

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this leadership training. It has made me think critically about what I do and why. The way the different ideas have been modelled has helped me to use these strategies when I lead different groups.

“At every session I have reflected on what I am doing and also what I can do differently to motivate and engage the adults I work with. The resources I have received have been incredibly helpful as have the rich conversations I have had with other participants have also been invaluable. Thank you so much!!”

Erin Coyle, Across School Teacher, Waimairi-iri Kāhui Ako

Important Information


South Island - Christchurch Series I - Clearwater Resort, Clearwater Ave, Northwood, Christchurch

Facilitated by Mel Stopford and Deirdre McCracken

  • Hui 1 - 6th and 7th May
  • Hui 2 - 6th and 7th June
  • Hui 3 - 26th August

South Island - Christchurch Series II - Links Function and Events, 45 Horseshoe Lake Rd, Shirley, Christchurch

Facilitated by Mel Stopford and Joy Hawke

  • Hui 1 - 30th and 31st May
  • Hui 2 - 25th and 26th July
  • Hui 3 - 6th September
Last day of registration for Series II is 11th April, 2019. 

Workshop timing

All workshops run from 9.00am to 3.30pm 


Each participant will receive 3 hours of personalised coaching to support the new learning being embedded into your context.

All coaching will be offered with and provided by Evaluation Associate facilitators.

Depending on location, coaching may be via Skype or face to face to suit.


Each participant will receive their own full set of Joan Dalton’s Learning Talk BooksLearning_Talk_books

“The five books are gold. Every time we open one we find even more useful things!” Participant feedback during the course in 2018.

Your Investment

$2000.00 ex GST per person

We are encouraging teams to attend these workshops. To support this, we would like to offer a

  • 10% discount off the total fee for two participants or
  • 15% discount off the total fee for three or more participants

Invoicing for this series of workshops will happen over term one 2019 and must be paid in full prior to the workshops commencing

Please note - if you have centrally funded PLD, there may also be an opportunity for a further $450.00 ex GST discount per person if the coaching component aligns with your PLD goals. To explore this option, please contact Mel Stopford at m.stopford@evaluate.co.nz.

To maximise learning for all participants, numbers are limited for each course. Please register promptly to secure your team's place on this 2019 PLD.

If you would like this course to come to you, please contact m.stopford@evaluate.co.nz to discuss options.

Leading adult learning to improve learning for all - Christchurch Series I - 2019

9am to 3.30pm, Monday 6 May - Monday 26 August,
Clearwater Resort, Clearwater Ave, Northwood, Christchurch, 8051

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Leading adult learning to improve learning for all - Christchurch Series II - 2019

9am to 3.30pm, Thursday 30 May - Friday 6 September,
Links Function and Events, 45 Horseshoe Lake Rd, Shirley, Christchurch 8061

Fully Subscribed

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