Challenging Learning in North America

We share teaching and leadership theory and practice to significantly improve learning progress.

We partner with you until the impact you want is realized.

Our institutes inspire and encourage. Our long-term processes develop a culture of organizational growth and collective efficacy.

We coach staff; run demonstration lessons; enhance culture; build distributed leadership; and provide strategies to improve instruction in all content areas.

Our international and North American consultants model best pedagogy and share significant research that enable your teams to provide the very best education for all pre-K–12 students.

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Recommendations from the North American Team

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Engaging in a Challenging Learning Process is our number one recommendation. It is this process that sets our company apart from the rest. The CLP is a process, not a program; we have no pre-determined scripts. Instead, we begin by understanding your context and strengths, and then design a process that will perfectly match your starting point and your agreed vision for the future. Improvements will be embedded at every level: leaders, coaches, teachers, support staff and parents.

It is this process that is leading to the most powerful gains in our partner schools worldwide. So, if you really want to spend your time and resources wisely, then a CLP is the best solution for significant and sustainable growth.

2

A keynote or on-site PD day with James Nottingham or Martin Renton will give you the best insight into the ways in which Challenging Learning can strengthen the lives of your staff and students. They are known the world over as two of the most engaging and thought-provoking speakers in education. Their presentations are characterized by a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research, gentle good humor and practical advice into truly compelling narratives.

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Access our published and online resources to begin understanding straightaway the positive impact Challenging Learning can have on your staff and students. Our team have created 100+ lesson resources to help you guide your students through the Learning Pit. There are nine books in the Challenging Learning series. We will be hosting book studies, and many of our blog posts have been written by our US team or are focused on the North American context. Highlights as follows:

• Blog Post: Challenge to Change
• Book Study: Challenging Mindset
• Lesson Resource: What Makes A Good President?

Recommendations from the North American Team

1

Engaging in a Challenging Learning Process is our number one recommendation. It is this process that sets our company apart from the rest. The CLP is a process, not a program; we have no pre-determined scripts. Instead, we begin by understanding your context and strengths, and then design a process that will perfectly match your starting point and your agreed vision for the future. Improvements will be embedded at every level: leaders, coaches, teachers, support staff and parents.

It is this process that is leading to the most powerful gains in our partner schools worldwide. So, if you really want to spend your time and resources wisely, then a CLP is the best solution for significant and sustainable growth.

2

A keynote or on-site PD day with James Nottingham or Martin Renton will give you the best insight into the ways in which Challenging Learning can strengthen the lives of your staff and students. They are known the world over as two of the most engaging and thought-provoking speakers in education. Their presentations are characterized by a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research, gentle good humor and practical advice into truly compelling narratives.

3

Access our published and online resources to begin understanding straightaway the positive impact Challenging Learning can have on your staff and students. Our team have created 100+ lesson resources to help you guide your students through the Learning Pit. There are nine books in the Challenging Learning series. We will be hosting book studies, and many of our blog posts have been written by our US team or are focused on the North American context. Highlights as follows:

• Blog Post: Challenge to Change
• Book Study: Challenging Mindset
• Lesson Resource: What Makes A Good President?

Brent Raby, Assistant Superintendent of SD129, West Aurora, IL: Gains made with the help of a CLP

Discover the Impact of the CLP at Highweek School, UK

We Help You Make the Changes You Want

We don’t have any pre-determined programs or scripts. Instead, we begin by understanding your context and strengths, and then help you to fine-tune what you already do.

The gains achieved by the 450+ schools and pre-schools in 11 countries that have so far used our processes to strengthen learning include:

• Increased staff engagement and satisfaction;
• Improved student motivation, resilience and curiosity;
• The development of a shared language for learning within and between different organizations;
• Better use of feedback, questioning and dialogue to enhance student learning;
• A healthier attitude towards challenge, progress and achievement.

What sort of consultancy does Challenging Learning provide?

Our two most popular types of consultancy are the long-term projects we call the CLP (Challenging Learning Process) and the keynotes offered by James Nottingham and Martin Renton. We also do a lot of in-school consultancy; put on conferences and institutes; and host study tours that include visits to pre-schools, schools and colleges we’ve helped to improve.

Our main themes are challenge; collective efficacy; dialogue; feedback; growth mindset; the Learning Pit; Philosophy for Children; progress; and questioning. We work with all pre-K–12 staff including teachers, leaders, support staff, coaches, consultants, directors and superintendents.

In addition to our consultancy services, we also have a range of books, lesson resources, videos, and Learning Pit downloads.

Common Questions & Answers

How does Challenging Learning link to Standards?

Challenging learning is intentional in developing resources and professional learning that will persist over time and are applicable in and scalable to all situations. Learning Standards, however, change periodically and are not consistent across all systems. What we have seen in our work with school, is that when there is a common purpose and language of learning in a community and when students are consistently challenged, they are more engaged in their own learning. When students have more engagement in the learning process and understand the value of challenge, the content in the standards can be used to collect evidence of the positive impact on student learning.

Why should I choose Challenging Learning rather than another provider?

Our consultants work with us full-time, allowing us to bring a consistency of values, processes and strategies that are remarked upon time and time again. This model contrasts with many other educational consultancies who tend to be sole traders or loose affiliations of many sole traders.

We invest in our team by challenging, encouraging and coaching throughout the year, as well as coming together every six months – all 30 staff from 6 countries – to focus on vision, values and recent research. Our consultants stay current through pro bono work in a variety of classrooms and contexts; and our office staff are always a central part of all our professional learning. Engage with us and you will meet a team serious about learning who never take themselves too seriously. We’ll send you consultants with ‘Challenging Learning in the blood’ and our office staff will be just as dedicated. We’ll support you with preview documents; progress reports; teaching resources; and a named point of contact. We’ll be on hand when you need us to reassure, challenge, inform and encourage. Choose us and we’ll prioritise you from start to finish.

What does an international company know about my state?

Over the last 15 years, Challenging Learning has successfully supported over 450 schools in 11 countries. We have learned a lot about the various nuances associated with different schools. We also have team members from different parts of the world who make it a priority to learn as much as possible about the education structures in their area. More importantly, we focus on learning and learners, and the basic tenets of successful learning are strikingly similar the world over

Does Challenging Learning work in Canada?

Challenging Learning has proven to work in any context because of our focus on shifting the culture of learning, which can be done in any place where there are structures built to support the change. Our resources, our process, and all of our workshops are designed to provide participants with research-based strategies and approaches that can be used in a variety of ways depending on the context and the experiences of the educator.

What’s the best type of professional development for my team?

Get in touch and we’ll help you decide! We’ll ask you a few questions about your context and your aims, then offer some suggestions for your next steps. We won’t push and we won’t offer you a pre-formulated package. Instead, we’ll listen carefully to your thoughts and then help you design the best blend of resources, support and consultancy that builds capacity and leads to significant and sustainable improvements in teaching, learning and leadership.

Next Steps

TALK WITH US …

We’ll connect with you via phone or video call to answer your questions

TALK WITH OTHERS …

We’ll put you in touch with people already working with Challenging Learning to give you an insider’s view of our services

REQUEST A PROPOSAL …

We’ll send you a detailed draft proposal, showing the extent of our support and the costs involved

TALK FACE-TO-FACE …

We’ll arrange to meet your key decision makers face-to-face

GO ON A STUDY TOUR …

We’ll organise a study tour for you and your colleagues to visit some of the schools and districts making gains with the support of Challenging Learning

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