Adaptive Schools

25TH - 28TH MARCH 2021



Join us for 4-days of the highly regarded internationally-renowned

Adaptive Schools Seminars

WHAT IS ADAPTIVE SCHOOLS? The goal of Adaptive Schools

Seminars aims to develop the collective identity and capacity of

organisation members as collaborators and inquirers and leaders.

Where & When:

25th - 28th March 2021
9.00am - 4.30pm (daily)


$1050 - Registration only 

To ensure confirmation of registration you will need to make a $200 non-refundable deposit. An invoice will be sent to you soon after registration.

​PLEASE NOTE: Registration costs include morning tea. buffet lunch and afternoon tea. They DO NOT include airfares, insurance, phone calls, social costs or accommodation. Please indicate on the registration form if you require accommodation.

Accommodation options: 

Standard Queen Room: $175.00 per room/night

Superior King Room: $206.00 per room/night

Executive King Room: $237.00 per room/night

Deluxe King Room: $272.00 per room/night

Please note: Accommodation price includes FREE Pick up and drop off from Auckland International/Domestic airport to Jet Park Hotel Conference Centre.


The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the resources and capacities of the organisation and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society.

In the four-day Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar, participants will develop:

  • An increased capacity to initiate, develop and sustain high functioning groups

  • New lenses for diagnosing the stages and phases of group development

  • An expanded repertoire of practical facilitation tools

  • Understandings of when and how to engage groups in dialogue and discussion, the limitations, forms and values of each

  • Skills to move groups beyond consensus to common focus

  • Ways to value and use dissension, argument and conflict

  • Strategies for keeping group members on track, on topic, energised and resourceful



DOREEN MIORI-MEROLA is co-director for Thinking Collaborative and a private consultant with M2 Coaching & Consulting, Doreen was an English teacher for over 38 years, and she taught everything from academic intervention to advanced placement. She has a B.S. from State University of New York at Oswego in English/secondary education, did graduate work in diagnostic and prescriptive reading, and received an M.S. in English Education Advanced Study from Syracuse University. As the English Language Arts Content Specialist for the Solvay Union Free School District – a teacher leadership role – she was in charge of curriculum, assessment, data analysis, professional development, facilitation, mentoring, and AIS for grades 4 through 12. Doreen is a Training Associate for Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, and Habits of Mind. She has presented workshops on six continents. Doreen considers herself to be extremely fortunate to be mentored by Art Costa, Bena Kallick, Bob Garmston and Michael Dolcemascolo. Doreen holds memberships in ASCD, NCTE, Learning Forward and other professional organisations.


NAKETA IKIHELE is the lead facilitator for Kia Mahira/Be Curious: Coaching, Collaboration, and Consulting. She has a Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Master of Education (Early Years) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Literacy Education and is currently studying towards a Master of Educational Leadership. She has dabbled in a range of learning contexts including early childhood, primary school, nature kindergarten, facilitation, educational technologies in the early years, community projects, leadership roles, whānau engagement, collaboration, communities of practice, international teaching, educational coaching and most recently tertiary education.