AREAS OF EXPERTISE PROVIDED AS PART OF THE CIS AFFILIATED CONSULTANT NETWORK:
- Appraisal and professional development
- Leadership training and school governance
- Strategic Planning
- 4 organizational pillars to achieving transformative change in schools
- Building Effective Teams 3 Year Plan
- Diagnosis for Team Complacency
- Outputs versus Outcomes: How Can Schools Promote Transformative Collaboration
Michael’s journey in education began 20 years ago as a research assistant at the Arizona State University Child Development Laboratory, where he studied mixed age playgroups and conducted studies of how children retain and recall information. Before moving to Asia in 1999, Michael consulted with the Children’s Action Alliance and the Arizona State Government on how to best serve children with special learning requirements. During these years Michael developed an appreciation for, and honed essential skills to, ensure the best interests of students were being met. Collaboration, consensus building and navigating complicated organizational hierarchies were the skills Michael developed during this period and the experience that he reflects on when consulting with schools that want to improve collaboration across the school and focus all staff, academic and non-academic, on serving the best interests of their students.
Since moving to China in 1999, Michael was first a teacher and then left the education field to start up and grow two successful information technology businesses, which did provide services to schools but predominantly serviced Fortune 1000 Companies. One of Michael’s startups was in India, which helped him to learn to reflect on his successes in China and adapt them to the Indian market place. During these years Michael learned how to satisfy the needs of a diverse group of stakeholders, develop cross-cultural leadership and communication skills, as well as continue his studies in Building Effective Teams and Strategic Planning.
Michael returned to the education field in 2008 and began to work with a number of Not-for-Profit Organizations, International and Chinese Bilingual schools to develop curriculum, train teachers, devise parent engagement strategies and consult leadership on staff capacity building strategies, which has included a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS and its network of schools. This period of Michael’s life allowed him to gain greater insight into Adult Learning Pedagogies and begin consulting organizations on Board Governance.
Michael’s facilitation experience is a result of his evaluating and training the teams in each organization he has served as well as his passion for education and continual learning. He currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife, an international school teacher, and their daughter, both whom continue to challenge and stretch his understanding of leadership and communication.