Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


Having Hard Conversations with Jennifer Abrams

Live Virtual and On-Demand
December 8th, 2022, 8:30am - 3:00pm
NIU Naperville or Live Streamed



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5.5 PD Hours (AA Pending)
Continental Breakfast & Buffet Lunch Provided


Following up on her recent workshop, "Stretching Your Learning Edges" (November 7th), Jennifer returns to help us take a deeper dive into taking responsibility for our communications, with a focus on challenging conversations. As administrators, coaches, and colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. 

  • What do we know about the best strategies for those moments?
  • What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak?
  • What environments are best for when we do speak?

Based on Jennifer's book, Having Hard Conversations, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this workshop will provide participants with action plans and scripting tools for having those necessary, shared conversations.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify why they hesitate having hard conversations
  • Choose questions to ask themselves before they choose to speak up
  • Articulate in professional language the challenges they are facing
  • Determine the goals of the conversation and write an action plan of support
  • Script the conversation avoiding trigger words that put others on the defensive
  • Choose the best "wheres" and "whens" for a productive discussion


Conference Fees

IL ASCD Member $284.00

Non-Member $333.00 (This includes IL ASCD Membership)


A copy of Jennifer’s book, Having Hard Conversations, i  included in the price of registration and will be mailed to each participant prior to the workshop.


How to Register:                                                                                                                                                           

  • Online: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at http://www.illinoisascd.org
  • Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa,
    MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.
  • Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to IL ASCD Abrams— Illinois State University,  Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.
  • Fax: Fax the completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of school P.O.  





Meet Jennifer Abrams...




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.



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