Challenging Learning in a Virtual World

Remote learning opportunities for all educators

We offer a range of virtual learning options …

OPEN EVENTS –  KEYNOTES   –  WEBINARS   –  COACHING

The Challenging Learning team consists of 30 full-time educational consultants, researchers, and office staff in six countries. Together, we provide a wide range of online learning opportunities. Our professional fees for virtual delivery are between 50-70% of our on-site fees, with no charge for accommodation or other expenses.

Virtual delivery can be booked right from the outset or kept as a back-up plan in case of travel restrictions. This allows you to book with confidence, knowing that Professional Learning will take place on your chosen date(s).

OPEN EVENTS

You are cordially invited to join us for any or all of the following online events:

Pit Podcasts (60 minutes)
Free webinars giving an introduction to the Challenging Learning topics of dialogue, feedback, growth mindset, the Learning Pit, collective and self-efficacy, and questioning.

Challenging Learning Webinars (150 minutes)
A series of in-depth and interactive webinars to inspire and engage all educators. Each event covers an analysis of research; recommendations for classroom application; and a Q&A session with James Nottingham.

Book Studies (online courses)
There are nine books in the Challenging Learning series. We offer in-depth master classes of each one through online coaching; on-going study; and group discussions. 

OPEN EVENTS

You are cordially invited to join us for any or all of the following online events:

Pit Podcasts (60 minutes)
Free webinars giving an introduction to the Challenging Learning topics of dialogue, feedback, growth mindset, the Learning Pit, collective and self-efficacy, and questioning.  More details.

Challenging Learning Webinars (150 minutes)
A series of in-depth and interactive webinars to inspire and engage all educators. Each event covers an analysis of research; recommendations for classroom application; and a Q&A session with James Nottingham.  More details.

Book Studies (online courses)
There are nine books in the Challenging Learning series. We offer in-depth master classes of each one through online coaching; on-going study; and group discussions.  Info coming soon.

OPEN EVENTS

You are cordially invited to join us for any or all of the following online events:

Pit Podcasts (60 minutes)
Free webinars giving an introduction to the Challenging Learning topics of dialogue, feedback, growth mindset, the Learning Pit, collective and self-efficacy, and questioning. More details.

Challenging Learning Webinars (150 minutes)
A series of in-depth and interactive webinars to inspire and engage all educators. Each event covers an analysis of research; recommendations for classroom application; and a Q&A session with James Nottingham. More details.

Book Studies (online courses)
There are nine books in the Challenging Learning series. We offer in-depth master classes of each one through online coaching; on-going study; and group discussions.  Info coming soon.

COMMISSIONED KEYNOTES

You are welcome to commission James Nottingham to give an online keynote for your virtual event. He brings rare clarity and insight to research evidence; a breadth and depth of exemplar that connects with the lived lives of educators; and a sense of story and humour that makes learning so more memorable and sustainable.

  • Keynotes generally run for 60-75mins (plus an optional 15mins Q&A) although the exact timings will always be matched to your context
  • James will tailor-make his presentation to fit the aims of your event
  • Afterwards, we will share access to a recording of the live event, together with a PDF of all slides used
  • You can choose one key topic or ask James to weave two or three from the full list he offers.

KEYNOTE SPEECH

  • You are welcome to commission James Nottingham to give an online keynote for your virtual event. He brings rare clarity and insight to research evidence; a breadth and depth of exemplar that connects with the lived lives of educators; and a sense of story and humour that makes learning so more memorable and sustainable.
    • Keynotes generally run for 60-75mins (plus an optional 15mins Q&A) although the exact timings will always be matched to your context
    • James will tailor-make his presentation to fit the aims of your event
    • Afterwards, we will share access to a recording of the live event, together with a PDF of all slides used
    • You can choose one key topic or ask James to weave two or three from the full list he offers.

KEYNOTE SPEECH

You are welcome to commission James Nottingham to give an online keynote for your virtual event. He brings rare clarity and insight to research evidence; a breadth and depth of exemplar that connects with the lived lives of educators; and a sense of story and humour that makes learning so more memorable and sustainable.

  • Keynotes generally run for 60-75mins (plus an optional 15mins Q&A) although the exact timings will always be matched to your context
  • James will tailor-make his presentation to fit the aims of your event
  • Afterwards, we will share access to a recording of the live event, together with a PDF of all slides used
  • You can choose one key topic or ask James to weave two or three from the full list he offers.

WEBINARS

All of our Challenging Learning consultants provide webinars, tailored to your context and timeframe. Key features include:

  • Webinars can be commissioned as one-off events lasting anything between 30mins and 6 hours or booked as a series of events to allow for action learning and reflection in between.
  • Staff are encouraged to interact throughout our webinars by asking questions, responding to colleagues, and engaging in activities.
  • Our consultants offer webinars in English, Norwegian, and Swedish.
  • Topics offered include, improving feedback outcomes during lockdown; developing dialogue and reflection in a remote environment; encouraging learners as they find themselves in a virtual Learning Pit; or use the button below to view all possible topics.

WEBINARS

All of our Challenging Learning consultants provide webinars, tailored to your context and timeframe. Key features include:

  • Webinars can be commissioned as one-off events lasting anything between 30mins and 6 hours or booked as a series of events to allow for action learning and reflection in between.
  • Staff are encouraged to interact throughout our webinars by asking questions, responding to colleagues, and engaging in activities.
  • Our consultants offer webinars in English, Norwegian, and Swedish.
  • Topics offered include, improving feedback outcomes during lockdown; developing dialogue and reflection in a remote environment; encouraging learners as they find themselves in a virtual Learning Pit; or use the button below to view all possible topics.

WEBINARS

All of our Challenging Learning consultants provide webinars, tailored to your context and timeframe. Key features include:

  • Webinars can be commissioned as one-off events lasting anything between 30mins and 6 hours or booked as a series of events to allow for action learning and reflection in between.
  • Staff are encouraged to interact throughout our webinars by asking questions, responding to colleagues, and engaging in activities.
  • Our consultants offer webinars in English, Norwegian, and Swedish.
  • Topics offered include, improving feedback outcomes during lockdown; developing dialogue and reflection in a remote environment; encouraging learners as they find themselves in a virtual Learning Pit; or use the button below to view all possible topics.

COACHING

Coaching has been our most important ‘remote learning’ offer since Challenging Learning began in 2006. So, of you are looking to improve your own practice and want some individual guidance from one of our experienced coaching consultants, then this is by far the best option for you.

The key features of our coaching offer include:

  • Honing and refining the elements of your practice that you are most interested in.
  • The ability to book in a one-to-one or small team sessions.
  • Sessions that last between one and two hours, depending on topic and size of group.
  • Topics including, building a shared language for learning; receiving feedback on your practice (with the option to send video clips for us to review alongside you); and a review of your plans (e.g. action plans for leaders or departments/faculties; curriculum plans; lesson plans, and so on).
  • Our consultants offer coaching in English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

COACHING

Coaching has been our most important ‘remote learning’ offer since Challenging Learning began in 2006. So, of you are looking to improve your own practice and want some individual guidance from one of our experienced coaching consultants, then this is by far the best option for you.

The key features of our coaching offer include:

  • Honing and refining the elements of your practice that you are most interested in.
  • The ability to book in a one-to-one or small team sessions.
  • Sessions that last between one and two hours, depending on topic and size of group.
  • Topics including, building a shared language for learning; receiving feedback on your practice (with the option to send video clips for us to review alongside you); and a review of your plans (e.g. action plans for leaders or departments/faculties; curriculum plans; lesson plans, and so on).
  • Our consultants offer coaching in English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

COACHING

Coaching has been our most important ‘remote learning’ offer since Challenging Learning began in 2006. So, of you are looking to improve your own practice and want some individual guidance from one of our experienced coaching consultants, then this is by far the best option for you.

The key features of our coaching offer include:

  • Honing and refining the elements of your practice that you are most interested in.
  • The ability to book in a one-to-one or small team sessions.
  • Sessions that last between one and two hours, depending on topic and size of group.
  • Topics including, building a shared language for learning; receiving feedback on your practice (with the option to send video clips for us to review alongside you); and a review of your plans (e.g. action plans for leaders or departments/faculties; curriculum plans; lesson plans, and so on).
  • Our consultants offer coaching in English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

To discuss your requirements and begin building a plan for remote learning, please contact one of our colleagues:

Main Contact in:

Asia Pacific

Emma Armstrong
Emma Robertson
General Manager, Australia
+61 457 632 398
Email Emma
Main Contact in:

USA & Rest of World

Carmen Bergmann
Senior Consultant
+1 309 245 6885
Email Carmen

Flexible Budgeting

We offer a variety of payment options. These include invoicing now (e.g. to utilize leftover FY20 funds); adjusting instalment frequency & size; and splitting costs between financial years.

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Dialogue

Improving classroom talk to deepen learning

Feedback

How to improve the impact of feedback

Learning Pit

Using the Learning Pit to engage & challenge

Lesson Ideas

Ideas to guide students through the Learning Pit

Long Term Projects

The Challenging Learning Process

Mindset

Creating a growth mindset in all learners

Questioning

Improving the effectiveness of questioning

Common Questions & Answers

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 six 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 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 (P4C); progress; questioning; and Visible Learning®. We work with all staff connected to the education of students aged 3-19, 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.

What does ‘Challenging Learning’ stand for?

‘Challenging Learning’ has a double meaning: on the one hand, we make learning more challenging; and on the other hand, we challenge the way in which learning takes place.

We don’t do this to be awkward! Rather, we know that more learning happens when people step outside their comfort zone; that more reflection and strategy comes from mistakes than from easy success.

And yet, all too often educators try to make things easier for their students; partly because they don’t want lessons to descend into chaos when everyone is confused, but mainly because there simply isn’t time for confusion – there’s too much information to get through and the exams are just around the corner! Parents are also susceptible: witness the increasing number of terms used to describe those who would design struggle out of their children’s lives: ‘helicopter parents’; ‘curling parents’; ‘snowplough parents’; ‘bonsai parents’ and so on.

Our proposition is to go contrary to these latest trends by introducing more challenge, not less. Encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone; to investigate; to seek alternatives; to reject easy answers; to engage in more thoughtful questioning; to seek reasons and counter-arguments. In other words: to seek out challenge rather than to avoid it; to go into the Learning Pit rather than play it safe and stick to what you know.

We show educators how this can be done, even with a crowded curriculum, hesitant students and helicopter parents. We share research that confirms people have to struggle if they are to remember lessons long into the future; that more learning comes from examining mistakes than from verifying answers.

We make learning more challenging because the evidence is clear: we all grow when we step out of our comfort zone. And we challenge the way learning takes place because there’s always a better way – be it more effective, more efficient, more ethical or more collaborative.

Do you offer anything for parents?

Most of our work is with teachers, leaders and support staff working with 3-19-year-olds. However, when we do long-term work with schools, pre-schools or colleges, we often also run parent workshops in which we share the latest research and best ideas for supporting children’s learning. This includes how (and how not) to praise; how to help children get into a growth mindset, develop self-esteem and build self-efficacy; giving advice about grading and labelling; looking at the best ways to approach mistakes and failure; practising questioning that engages curiosity and conversation; and developing a range of strategies for reasoning and reasonable behaviour.

As well as these workshops, we recommend Encouraging Learning by James Nottingham (2013). This inspiring, humorous, and practical book will show you what to do to help children of all ages develop into confident, thoughtful and independent learners.

Do you offer anything for individual teachers as well as teams?

We host conferences, workshops and roadshows – all of which are available to individuals as well as groups and teams. There are also all nine of our books, plus the lesson ideas, downloadable resources and videos available on this site.

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.

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

Common Questions & Answers

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 six 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 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; questioning; and Visible Learning. We work with all staff connected to the education of students aged 3-19, 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.

What does ‘Challenging Learning’ stand for?

‘Challenging Learning’ has a double meaning: on the one hand, we make learning more challenging; and on the other hand, we challenge the way in which learning takes place.

We don’t do this to be awkward! Rather, we know that more learning happens when people step outside their comfort zone; that more reflection and strategy comes from mistakes than from easy success.

And yet, all too often educators try to make things easier for their students; partly because they don’t want lessons to descend into chaos when everyone is confused, but mainly because there simply isn’t time for confusion – there’s too much information to get through and the exams are just around the corner! Parents are also susceptible: witness the increasing number of terms used to describe those who would design struggle out of their children’s lives: ‘helicopter parents’; ‘curling parents’; ‘snowplough parents’; ‘bonsai parents’ and so on.

Our proposition is to go contrary to these latest trends by introducing more challenge, not less. Encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone; to investigate; to seek alternatives; to reject easy answers; to engage in more thoughtful questioning; to seek reasons and counter-arguments. In other words: to seek out challenge rather than to avoid it; to go into the Learning Pit rather than play it safe and stick to what you know.

We show educators how this can be done, even with a crowded curriculum, hesitant students and helicopter parents. We share research that confirms people have to struggle if they are to remember lessons long into the future; that more learning comes from examining mistakes than from verifying answers.

We make learning more challenging because the evidence is clear: we all grow when we step out of our comfort zone. And we challenge the way learning takes place because there’s always a better way – be it more effective, more efficient, more ethical or more collaborative.

Do you offer anything for parents?

Most of our work is with teachers, leaders and support staff working with 3-19-year-olds. However, when we do long-term work with schools, pre-schools or colleges, we often also run parent workshops in which we share the latest research and best ideas for supporting children’s learning. This includes how (and how not) to praise; how to help children get into a growth mindset, develop self-esteem and build self-efficacy; giving advice about grading and labelling; looking at the best ways to approach mistakes and failure; practising questioning that engages curiosity and conversation; and developing a range of strategies for reasoning and reasonable behaviour.

As well as these workshops, we recommend Encouraging Learning by James Nottingham (2013). This inspiring, humorous, and practical book will show you what to do to help children of all ages develop into confident, thoughtful and independent learners.

Do you offer anything for individual teachers as well as teams?

We host conferences, workshops and roadshows – all of which are available to individuals as well as groups and teams. There are also all nine of our books, plus the lesson ideas, downloadable resources and videos available on this site.

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.

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

SEND 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

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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