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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

Ronald Lalonde

Regional Manager

Institute of Positive Education

Founder & CEO

Riverspath Coaching


RONALD D. LALONDE, Ed.D., ACC, NCC, is the Regional Manager of the Institute of Positive Education, and the founder of Riverspath Coaching and Consulting ( He is formerly the Middle School Principal of the American School of Dubai and the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Lalonde has researched extensively and developed applications of positive psychology to middle level education. He continues to seek ways to reimagine student relationships with schools, and adult attitudes toward adolescents and adolescence. Schools under Dr. Lalonde's leadership have been commended for the healthy student teacher relationships and high student well being.

As a school leader, Dr Lalonde created a successful Instructional Coaching Program and has gone on to explore and promote leadership coaching in international schools. In his 20 years in international education, he has held leadership positions at schools in England, the United Arab Emirates, and Mexico. He speaks about leadership coaching and personal transformation and the critical role they play in improving school cultures and creating space for school change. Ron has been a key contributor to developing and refining teacher supervision and professional development models in three schools, and this continues to be central to his consulting work.


Dr Lalonde earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Philosophy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), and a doctorate from the University of Calgary, where he focused on critical issues in consulting students. He is also a Newfield Network Certified Ontological Coach.

Dr Lalonde has served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, the State University of New York, and Trent University. He is on the faculty of the Aspen Center for Human Development and the Steering Committee for the World Positive Education Accelerator. Dr.Lalonde teaches annually at the Principal's Training Center in Miami and in London, continues to research and write on the topics of positive education, coaching, student engagement and student voice, and presents on these topics at international conferences.

3-Hour Workshop: Fri, Oct. 25

A Nudge in the Right Direction

Connect & Engage

Participants will collaboratively explore productive research in the fields of positive psychology, behavioral economics, organizational learning, and neuroscience in order to name their personal and collective challenges in responding to the increasing complexity of schools. Participants will interact with colleagues in an environment designed to develop focus, improve relationships, and promote positive practices.


Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the connection between teacher well-being and growth and performance. We will also examine promising pedagogical strategies to foster student competencies and build the necessary teacher competencies to deliver these strategies. In particular, we will explore research on optimal experience (flow), purpose, and health.

Reflect & Apply

Participants will understand the ways in which well-being sciences have been progressing for the past twenty years and the importance of utilizing this research in school leadership. Participants will analyze their own school environment with a view to how they can adapt personally, and promote change from whatever position they hold within their school. Using the Learn, Live, Teach, Embed model of school well-being change, leaders are invited to make a commitment to a wellbeing practice and use this to foster growth in their own school environment.

Target Audience:

All school leaders and teachers

Continuum Level:

1, 2, 3

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