Staff development is one of the great pillars of a strong campus culture. Equipping your staff with the right tools will go a long way in providing your students with what they need. Positive Adventures provides on-campus and off-campus staff trainings year-round.

Increasing pressure for students to succeed academically raises our educators to a higher standard. Working collaboratively to cultivate a caring and trusting atmosphere is imperative to the success of your students. Professional development programming with Positive Adventures enriches peer relationships by practicing thoughtful and effective communication, conflict resolution, and a mastery of interpersonal dynamics.

Identifying Goals for Staff Development

The first step in creating an effective program is to get to know you, your staff, past or current issues, and short and long term goals. What kind of culture have you helped to foster on your campus? What are your school values… and are they making the cut? How does your staff show exceptional leadership – with students, parents, and other faculty members? How can we build on this to create a safe, supportive, stimulating environment for students to thrive?

Once you’ve filled out a Client Needs Assessment, we dive a little deeper over a phone call or in-person meeting to set specific, customized goals for your experience.

Sample Goals:
  • Provide participants with a lightly physical and empowering retreat experience
  • Redefine and bring to life school core values 
  • Provide participants with a team-centered experience
  • Provide participants with a kayaking, ropes course, mindfulness meditation, and hiking
  • Team development activities to bring to life ways to ensure student success (social, emotional, academic)
  • Dissolve staff barriers with communication workshops

Choose a Location

Although a successful staff development program can be led on-site, your staff will benefit most by experiencing something new and unique. Depending on time, budget, and goals, our team can design a professional development program for teachers at any number of our incredible locations. Not from California? Not to worry. We work on a national level and plan custom retreats for schools across the nation. 

Here’s a list of some of our favorite California locations:

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Yosemite National Park

The landscape of Yosemite National Park testifies to nature’s size, beauty and diversity. The park is famous for its unsurpassed views, rugged foothills, deep canyons, dramatic waterfalls, and some of the world’s largest trees. There are more than 800 miles of hiking trails for visitors, from all over the world, of every ability and inclination. We are truly fortunate to have this geological masterpiece just 4.5 hours from LA.

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Big Bear Mountains

Our Big Bear Retreat locations lie two hours east of Los Angeles and just minutes from Big Bear Lake. Positive Adventures programs and activities include canoeing, hiking, high and low ropes course challenges, archery, zip lining, environmental education, leadership initiatives and more!

idyllwild staff professional development


Many excellent camping areas are nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains at an elevation of 5, 200 ft. just east of Hemet, California. There are options for tent camping, cabin stays and even a beautiful conference center. This area has a diverse ecosystem that allows the teaching of many eco-concepts such as adaptation and interrelatedness that lends itself to natural history interpretation.

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

The landscape of the Jennie Lakes Wilderness area is located near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park at the crest of the Sierra Nevada and testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. With unsurpassed views, lush green meadows, alpine lakes and stream all nestled between forested ridges, this is the perfect setting for an outdoor education program.

Each program fully engages the individual, supporting collaborative growth and camaraderie throughout teams and between peers. In the designing of each experience, we will suggest a variety of team development activities that support the core values and desired outcomes for your program.

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