Thriving Leaders
Collaborative, LLC

Our students and staff deserve more than merely surviving in education. Each of them has the right and potential to THRIVE!

At Thriving Leaders Collaborative (TLC), LLC, we provide you with over 100 combined years of strategic experience in the world of school innovation and transformation. Believing that people are the key to school improvement, we are deliberate about improving student outcomes by helping you maximize the potential of every individual within your organization.

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Why Thriving Leaders Collaborative?

For decades the concept of School Improvement has been rooted in a deficit mentality leaving schools and districts dependent upon outside influences to affect and hopefully sustain change. Across the nation, we have engaged in practices such as student removal, staff removal, school takeover and even school closures hoping each of these would bring about the much needed change to improve outcomes for students. Unfortunately, these methods have delivered mixed results - typically with unsustainable change, and at best, "pockets of excellence".  

At Thriving Leaders Collaborative, LLC, we believe in the potential of empowered people, developmental relationships and transformational leadership. With a dynamic team of results-oriented educators, our many services range from professional development, one-on-one leadership coaching, comprehensive strategic planning for school improvement and more. Our goal is to provide you with critical supports that will empower transformation from within your organization - with your people!

Through strategic planning, deliberate implementation and a purposeful pursuit of excellence, Thriving Leaders Collaborative, LLC,  will help your school community and district THRIVE!

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to THRIVE; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
Maya Angelou


TLC School Turnaround Services are rooted in our in-depth Strengths-Based Turnaround Assessment. We will dedicate five days to examine current campus-wide procedures, classroom instructional practices, student support systems and opportunities for developing capacity in order to move forward in a successful journey to school improvement. Once the data is analyzed and disaggregated, results will then be shared with campus leadership to help guide progress. Depending on the package of services selected, schools and districts may capitalize on our additional services to maximize outcomes for students in a timely, sustainable approach.

Strengths-Based Turnaround Assessment

TLC Specialists will use customized assessment tools to determine resources, readiness, capacity, and identify your strengths to accomplish school turnaround. The Strengths-Based School Turnaround Assessment is the core component of our improvement efforts. If you want sustainable change, root your efforts in a Strengths-Based Mindset.

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Leadership Coaching

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Structured Guidance for leaders to examine the results of their school's assessment and think through processes to identify and implement the actions that will lead to goal attainment.

Engaging Collaboration

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Deliberate Development of relationships and teaming practices to move beyond just talking to spirited, synergistic and informed conversations aimed at achieving school turnaround.

Progressive Planning

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Promotion of Forward Change to drive the school-community along a path of effective school turnaround in measurable stages that build upon each other and increase momentum over time.

Strategic Consultation

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Intentional, On-Going support for campus leadership and key school-community members in their journey to school turnaround. Services are flexible and varied dependent upon need.

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TLC School-Community Transformation Services begin and end with people as our purpose. Sustainable and systemic, school community transformation will only happen as a result of the transformation of the talent, thinking-habits and performance of the people within the system. At Thriving Leaders Collaborative, LLC, we value the worth of every stakeholder group and support the development of every person within the system - students, parents, community members, staff and leaders. With an array of training content and delivery options, we look forward to supporting your efforts to maximizing outcomes for students.

Strengths-Based Teaching and Learning in Classrooms of Students from Poverty and Trauma


3 Hr. Workshop

1 Day PD (Recommended)

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Creating a Village: “ You don't need to do this alone”


3 Hr. Session

1 Day PD

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Collective Responsibility: This is Our School


3 - 3 Hr. Sessions (1 for each stakeholder group)

Full Day Session (Recommended)

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BE THE CHANGE: Combating the Effects of Trauma, Poverty and/or Chronic Stress in our Schools and Classrooms

Full-Day Training

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Our team

With over 100 combined years of experience in school improvement, our team understands what it takes to improve outcomes for students!


It Is Okay To Cry

Regardless of gender, leadership status, age, socio-economic status, spirituality, life experience or pretty much anything else that might come to mind – it is okay to cry. You see, our physical bodies were created with tear ducts and thus, crying is meant to be part of the human experience for us all. Quite frankly, considering what we are experiencing with COVID-19 in our world right now, I can think of no better time to allow ourselves what some might call “a good cry” – yea, even if you’re a man. COVID-19 has introduced us all to a completely new level of stress. You may find your typical stress relieving techniques are eluding you at this time (i.e. going to the gym, checking out a movie, attending a concert, gathering with friends, etc.), but crying is a significant opportunity that is still within our power. The point is…It Is Okay To Cry.

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Educator Self-Care: Beginning, Going and Ending Strong

It’s New Year’s Month for educators all over the country! No doubt many of you began preparing for this new school year before the last one even ended – saying and/or thinking things like “I need to try this next year,” “This would be perfect for my students next year,” “I need to do something different, I’m exhausted!” etc. Out of all the things you may have thought or felt about this upcoming year, anything close to that last one could be the clincher. Educators – we NEED YOU to take care of yourselves first. If you aren’t at your best, you won’t ever be able to give your best to anything or anyone else no matter how much your heart desires it. As you go about preparing for the new school year and do marvelous things with and for your students all year long, allow these 5 Steps to Self-Care for Educators to guide you...

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Dear Teachers...

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, at a town hall meeting, one student asked a public official what he was going to do for her to feel safe when she returned to school when the campus was reopened again for classes. She was simply told she would be safe and protected. From a trauma standpoint, the response she received was woefully inadequate. And now, Sante Fe, Texas, where a student remarked she just knew it would eventually happen at her school. Seems it’s easy for students and teachers alike to generalize what has become all too familiar on our school campuses. We want to offer some suggestions for nurturing the necessary rebuilding and strengthening of a personal sense of safety for you and your students in the schools all across our country who may be thinking: “Will we be next? Am I safe on my campus?”

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Please Secure YOUR Mask FIRST

The odds of cabin depressurization on an airplane flight are small, we are told by the flight attendant who dutifully instructs fellow passengers in the "just in case" event. Be sure to put on your mask first if you are traveling with small children. Great advice in an emergency. Significant advice in the daily travel as an educator with students in a classroom and under your care.

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For many, the excitement that comes from getting a gift is almost indescribable. There is great anticipation as we unwrap and open the special package - removing all the excess, to uncover something for which you longed or simply desired. Gifts bring so much joy! So, why would anyone compare receiving feedback to a gift? Getting feedback can be uncomfortable and sometimes it’s simply scary. It causes us to look at a practice or problem that we might rather ignore. Feedback (unless only positive) is typically an unwanted gift. The kind you wish you could re-gift or return! This is especially true when the person providing the feedback may not be the most eloquent or tactful person we know.

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YOU are powerful beyond measure!

Recovery and rebuilding from the natural disasters of the last two months will take years and enormous resources, including your energy as a survivor and/or one supporting survivors. At the same time the recent cluster of natural disasters hit at the beginning of the school year for many educators and their students. Anyone who has ever gone to school or taught school knows how stressful the start of school can be on a cloudless, seismically calm day. How much more with the start of school delayed, schools damaged or closed for months to years, transfers to other campuses—all at the same time trying to take care of the losses at home and in your heart! Here are four powerful strategies from trauma informed leadership that can strengthen your resiliency to face and flourish in life with all its challenges -- the challenges in the rearview mirror, the ones you can see through the windshield, and even the ones you have yet to see.

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