We encourage every school practicing CFG work to also invest in training at least a few administrators. Only through experience can anyone really understand the deep and lasting value of this work.
But it’s challenging in an on-site training — not to mention an ongoing CFG community — for administrators to sit around the same table with their teachers when it’s time to do the work: will every teacher in the group feel safe enough to bring their deepest dilemmas and hardest challenges sitting next to their supervisor (or someone who may report to their supervisor)? Usually not. Power differentials make it extremely difficult to feel trusting. Conversely, administrators probably can’t bring some of their dilemmas and work problems to a roomful of teachers.
If you’re not using CFG communities to address your school’s unspoken, deepest needs, then you’re only skimming the surface of what NSRF protocols and CFG work can do for you.
So we encourage, whenever possible, that administrators have their own CFG communities, and neither lead nor participate in their teachers’ CFG meetings. For training, we suggest that admins attend our Open Trainings (where they’ll interact with a wide variety of educators in and out of the classroom — just not THEIR classrooms). If you want admins trained on-site, it’s best to find 10-15 admins within your school or district, or else, with our support, “open up” an on-site administrative training to others in your geographic area.
Many NSRF protocols are beautifully supportive of administrative dilemmas and work tasks. So, just like anyone else in training, administrators will bring home actionable insights on their own dilemmas and work. And because administrators don’t always want or need to coach a CFG group, we developed a three-day administrative training track tuned specifically to administrator’s needs (more on strategic planning, for instance, and nothing on student work). Administrators who take the shorter training will not be certified to lead CFG communities, but they may use the protocols in their own meetings and private work.