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Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work – Jennifer Abrams

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  • November 7, 2022
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Midwest Principals’ Center invites you to:


Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work 

November 7, 2022 


Jennifer Abrams, Presenter

You may choose to be In-Person at NIU Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL or participate through Live Stream on your device.

Formerly a high school English teacher and new teacher coach, Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant who works with educators on building collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating healthy, professional school cultures. 

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives and Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work.

Jennifer writes a featured column for Learning Forward’s The Learning Professional on growth and change and is a contributor to The International Educator focusing on adult development and collaboration.

Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach worldwide from the USA to Africa, from Asia to Europe, from Australia to South America, and she is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog.  More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website,

www.jenniferabrams.com, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.


Stretching Your Learning Edges:  Growing (Up) at Work


As the lead learners in our schools, it is critically important that we strive to develop ourselves, not just as educators, but as human beings. The research supports this growth, indicating relational trust and collective efficacy are key factors in increasing student achievement. What the adults do matters.   So what can we do to be bigger and better versions of ourselves as collaborative team members and as leaders?

This workshop, based on Jennifer’s new book, Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work, will introduce us to adult developmental theory and to five focused ways we can develop ourselves at work.

We will build our skills to:

  • know ourselves and our identities 

  • better suspend our certainty and think with greater complexity and openness 

  • take increased responsibility for our language and communications 

  • engage with reciprocity and live ‘out loud’ our belief of mutual respect for all

  • build our resiliency and work on our emotional hygiene 

Consider what it means, in practice, to grow (up) – to develop our skills and capacities as lead learners in our schools.

A copy of Jennifer’s book, Stretching Your Learning Edges, is included in the registration fee.  The digital version of the book with be emailed to remote participants prior to the workshop. In-person attendees will receive their books at the event.



To view a short video of Jennifer Abrams, go to You Tube at https://youtu.be/_iWIg2tYeM4


1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois, 60563, United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at .