March 1, 2023

Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles in Education - PPD125

Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles in Education - PPD125

Dr. Melissa Groff recently left her Principal position and shares her story.

Today, we are excited to have Dr. Melissa Groff with us as our guest. Melissa is a highly experienced educator with a passion for creating proactive school cultures through the implementation of restorative practices, leadership coaching and mentorship, and job-embedded coaching. Additionally, Melissa's efforts showcase her strong commitment to mental health support for both students and staff, emphasizing the crucial role of a safe and supportive environment in schools.

With nearly two decades of experience in the field, she has honed her skills in conducting comprehensive needs assessments, crafting effective strategic plans, and delivering the necessary support to facilitate the development of a proactive culture within the school community. With a strong commitment to education and a passion for supporting school communities, Melissa now serves as the Director of Operations and a Lead Consultant for High Five, formerly The Restorative Group and Behavior Flip.

We are thrilled to have her with us today to share her insights on overcoming challenges in education and creating positive, proactive school cultures.

Discussion Topics:

  • Identifying the Challenges
  • Strategies for Overcoming Challenges
  • Looking to the Future

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