Critical Friendship

  • You may have heard about using protocols to examine student work but you don’t know how to begin. 
  • Your school or district wants to collaborate but ingrained practices are getting in your way.
  • Collaborative planning and required department meetings are working in some ways, but we need something to meet the needs of our teachers: something voluntary – something deeper.


Critical friendship builds discipline to have the conversations and interactions that usually don’t occur in schools. In fact, forces conspire against that sort of engagement. Refined and skillful facilitation can produce the conditions where deep learning occurs around tough issues. Over a decade of conducting workshops based on the principles and practices of critical friendship brings Van Soelen & Associates, LLC the necessary facilitation skills to build up your educational leaders.

Consider how Van Soelen & Associates, LLC could build the capacity of your staff to engage in transformational learning using the principles of critical friendship.