OSPI Special Education PD

Building Individual and Collective Capacity for Engaging Conflict

An essential characteristic of effective people in any community or organization is the ability to engage successfully in critical and difficult conversations. Successful teaming requires a diverse group of individuals to engage in challenging conversations around complex issues.   Sound Options Group is offering a series of professional development opportunities designed for building individual and collective capacity for navigating conflict and based on MTSS framework.

  • Tier 1 offerings focus on building individual competence and confidence for engaging interpersonal conflict.
  • Tier 2 offerings focus on building skills for supporting others to navigate conflict. This includes Conflict Coaching, Group Facilitation, and Teaching basic skills.
  • Tier 3 resources focus on building a culture of effective conflict engagement in support of new learning and adaptive work.

Target Audience:  Administrators, Program Coordinators, Teachers, Counselors, Central Office Staff, ESA Staff, Parents, Parent Partners.

Contact Greg Abell at Sound Options Group, LLC grega@somtg.com if you have questions.

Seminar Offerings – 2020/2021

All seminars offered below are considered Tier 1 offerings.  To consider when enrolling: 

  • Engaging Challenging Conversations is a prerequisite for all Tier 2 and 3 courses.
  • Leading Through Change and Conflict is stand-alone seminar.
  • Fundamentals of Effective Teaming is a stand-alone seminar.

Tier 2 training will be offered through selected ESD’s this year and statewide starting next year.


Engaging Challenging Conversations

Target Audience:  Educators, Parents, Service Providers

This Tier 1 core course, Engaging Challenging Conversations, is foundational to our Multi-Tiered System of Support for Conflict Engagement, MTSSCE.  It is a stand-alone course designed for increasing a participant’s individual capacity for engaging conflict. It also serves as a prerequisite and introduction to key concepts, processes and skills that will be built upon in all subsequent Tier 2 courses.  In this seminar we:

  • explore the work of key thinkers and leaders in the field,
  • introduce foundational concepts, processes, and skills at the heart of effective conflict engagement, and
  • explore and practice a fundamental framework and set of skills and strategies for effectively engaging interpersonal conflict.

Dates Offered:  Seminars are offered over a Zoom platform in four (4) half-day sessions,

#1        December 9, 10, 16, 17          8:30 – 12:00 each session

#2        January 13, 14, 20, 21             12:00 – 3:30 each session

#3        February 10, 11, 17, 18           8:30 – 12:00 each session

#4        March 9, 10, 16, 17                12:00 – 3:30 each session

#5        April 14, 15, 21, 22                 8:30 – 12:00 each session


Leading Through Change and Conflict

Target Audience:  Administrators, Supervisors, those with evaluation responsibilities

There is a critical relationship between the concepts of Leadership, Change and Conflict.  Leadership facilitates vision that calls for change.  Change becomes a context for conflict as people resist moving outside their current comfort zones. Understanding these dynamics will prepare leaders to mobilize people as they engage these challenges.  In this seminar we:

  • explore the work of key thinkers in the field of leadership, conflict, and change,
  • explore our personal relationship to conflict and change, and
  • introduce a framework for identifying who you need to be and what you need to do as a leader engaging change and conflict.

Dates Offered: Seminars are offered over a Zoom platform in four (4) half-day sessions

#1        Feb /Mar 23 24 2, 3                8:30 – 12:00 each session

#2        March 23, 24, 30, 31              12:00 – 3:30 each session


Foundations of Effective Teaming

Target Audience:  This class is designed for individuals or groups are looking to improve teaming. IEP Teams, Leadership Teams, Task Forces.

In our organizations and communities, it is expected that we will collaborate as we pursue our work.  It is such a common expectation that we just assume that it will happen.  Effective collaboration takes a shared commitment to a mutual purpose and mutually beneficial outcome.  It must be built and nurtured as an essential element of the work.  In this seminar we:

  • identify key challenges to effective teaming,
  • explore a framework for creating shared expectations as a group, and
  • focus on the core function of a team, shared learning.

Dates Offered:  Seminars are offered over a Zoom, platform in two (2) half-day sessions

#1        January 7,8                              8:30 – 12-00 each session

#2        February 25, 26                       12:00 – 3:30 each session


Registration:  Registration for all course offering is through PD Enroller.       

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