University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Collaboration & Conflict: Leading Yourself, Others, and Teams

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - Thursday, July 22, 2021

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.

Participants who successfully complete this Virtual Institute will receive a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation.

About the Program

Collaboration & Conflict is an experiential and interdisciplinary exploration of how people work together to solve complex problems.

This Institute explores the deeply intrapersonal and interpersonal demands of exercising leadership within teams and complex organizations. The course seeks to help learners understand why effective leadership is a cognitively demanding task requiring both high emotional intelligence and expert technical skill, and why most of us must develop as individuals in order to develop as leaders.

This Institute, created for an interdisciplinary audience, is modeled after the popular graduate-level course at Penn GSE, and draws on relevant research, theoretical frameworks, and best practices from psychology, sociology, business, law, medicine, negotiation, education, and collaborative problem-solving.

What You'll Gain
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the conditions for team effectiveness
  • Build practical skills and strategies to improve team culture, candor, and collaboration
  • Develop a personal plan to improve the different elements of your team's effectiveness: performance, shared capacity to learn and grow, and team member development and well-being

Who Should Enroll

Individuals who lead or work on teams in the following environments:

  • K-12 teachers and administrators
  • Higher education teachers and administrators
  • Nonprofit leaders
  • Corporate leaders

Key Topics
  • Team effectiveness
  • Collaborative processes
  • Conflict management
  • Effective decision-making


Dr. Zachary Herrmann

Executive Director, Center for Professional Learning

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Penn Graduate School of Education



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Registration Close Date: July 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST


3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 4:00–7:00pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2-3 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450*
Group rate: $450 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 06/30/2021
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Contact for more information.


Penn GSE Certificate of Participation



Contact Us

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.