Adaptive Schools


17-20 June, 2019

Course info and speaker bios


Kristie Dila is a School Psychologist, Positive School Climate Coordinator, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator, and Educational Consultant. In these roles, Kristie facilitates critical conversations with building and district leadership teams to ensure student success at all levels. Kristie’s background includes over 20 years of experience serving students and staff as a school psychologist, data coordinator and professional development specialist. As a Training Associate for Adaptive Schools, Kristie has trained and assisted school leadership teams in implementing the Adaptive Schools work within the districts in which she serves, as well as presented Adaptive Schools seminars internationally. Kristie is passionate about meeting the needs of all students and knows that the Adaptive Schools work increases the consciousness and resourcefulness of educators.

Kristie holds a Masters of Arts and a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Developmental Psychology from DePaul University.

Carolyn McKanders is the Director of Organizational Culture for Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars®. She is the former Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools. As an educational consultant, Carolyn specializes in individual, group and organization development. Her passion is promoting quality human relationships through communication, collaboration and leadership skills development.

Carolyn’s background includes 28 years of experience in Detroit Public Schools as a teacher, counselor and staff development specialist. Presently, she presents seminars internationally on developing Adaptive Schools, enhancing presentation effectiveness, and facilitation skills. She also provides Polarity Management® training, which supports organizations in identifying and managing competing tensions inherent in social systems.

Carolyn has extensive experience in group facilitation. She has successfully helped groups to clarify vision and work collaboratively to achieve professional community and desired results. In addition to her work in educational settings, she is a family and women’s counselor. From her counseling experience she brings to her work a deep belief in the unlimited capacity and resilience of the human spirit.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Education from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Social Work Degree in Family and Children Services from Eastern Michigan University.