WSASCD + CEC Strong Working Relationships Through Healthy Conflict 

November 3, 2021, 3:45–5:15 p.m. via Zoom
Attention: This event was initially scheduled for October 7 and has been rescheduled. If you registered for the October 7, session please see your email for notification or contact Lisa Gehman at

When all adults at a school site have the required skills to effectively build strong working relationships, systems experience high levels of staff engagement and outcome measures. These skills, however, require explicit training and leadership to foster and maintain. Adult conflict is natural and high performing teams know how to use conflict to leverage improvement. But for most educators, addressing conflict or tension can be uncomfortable and is often avoided at all costs. When used in a healthy manner, conflict can provide a bridge to open, honest conversations that result in establishing trusting relationships to mobilize effective problem solving. This session will introduce ways to navigate healthy working relationships and help move those challenging discussions to a productive level.

In this session, we will focus on:

  • Identifying the attributes of healthy working relationships.
  • Strategies for managing healthy conflict that arises amongst all stakeholders.
  • Opportunities to address relationships that might need to be reset.
  • Ways to help school leaders coach and mentor staff to utilize conflict resolution skills with others.

Session outcomes/takeaways:

  • Explore research on healthy working relationships and the application to a school setting.
  • Learn the foundational skills for interest-based conflict resolution.
  • Consider implementation opportunities within your current context.

This professional learning may be eligible for Title II, Title IV, and CARES/CRRSA/ARP Act Funds. Please contact your program director for more information.

Who Should Attend
Administrators, school leaders, and educators will benefit from participation. Please share!

Shelley Taylor
helley Taylor is the Executive Director for the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) and a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT). She manages all programs, partnerships, and content for strong Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Instructional Coaching, Leadership, All Access Learning Design and Inclusion practices as well as oversees day-to-day operations of CEC. A former teacher, instructional coach, union leader, and district level administrator, Shelley serves PK–12 settings with strong collaborative practices focused on continuous improvement and building shared commitments in educational reform efforts.  She has a strong background in facilitating and leading professional learning communities as described in her book, Game Plan: A playbook for developing winning PLCs at work© (Garcia, H., McCluskey, K., Taylor, S., 2015). She also has successful experience managing federal and state funded grants.

Shelley received her BA in Elementary Education from National-Louis University and eventually a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of St. Mary. She also holds an Educational Leadership endorsement from DePaul University, was a McCormick Foundation Executive Fellows in 2019 for the Erikson Institute Early Childhood Leadership Academy, and has a certification through the Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center in Nonprofit Management.

Mannu Sikka
Mannu is a Strategic Advisor for the Consortium for Educational Change.  She is an experienced educational professional with a demonstrated history in both instructional and leadership roles. She has taught 4th and 5th grade and served as an academic interventionist for grades K-8. Mannu has also served as an EL coordinator and an instructional coach.  Her areas of strength include instructional coaching, educational technology, school-wide instructional planning, student data-analysis, and small group intervention planning, Mannu is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2 and is an ASCD Emerging Leader.

Mannu holds her elementary teaching certificate and K-9 ESL endorsement in Illinois and California.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Women’s Studies from DePaul University, a Masters of Arts degree in Education from UC Davis, and holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with principal endorsement from National Louis University. 

$65 per individual OR $199 group registration (four registrants—three paid and one complimentary)

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A one-year membership to WSASCD is included with registration for non-members. 
Note to current members: registration does not extend your membership.

You will receive a Zoom confirmation with your personal link to join the session shortly after your registration is processed. The confirmation contains your personal link to join the session. Follow the link in your confirmation to add this meeting to your calendar. Note: Only one device is admitted per email so please do not share your link. 

This session will be recorded and paid registrants will be provided personal access (not shareable) to the recording post-event. The recording can be accessed for three months following the session. Still wish to cancel? An administrative fee ($30 individual/$65 group) applies to cancellations. No Show = No Refund.

Clock Hours
1.50 WA State Approved clock hours are available for participation for live online participation. Attendance will be verified.

Contact Lisa Gehman at 360.943.5717 or with registration questions or for registration assistance.

Contact Carrie Lam at with event questions and for Zoom assistance the day of the session.

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