This customized communications training will improve learning, develop lifelong skills, and prepare students for 21st-century careers.
Learning isn’t just about memorizing facts for tests.
In a Fierce classroom, students actively practice:
The Fierce approach deepens trust between students and teachers — leading to a richer, more productive learning environment. Learners engage in authentic conversations about:
When educational conversations change, learning outcomes improve and students go on to successful academic and professional careers.
Abandoning the traditional model of lecturing, the Fierce approach engages a teacher and students in collaborative dialogue. Here’s a side-by-side comparison:
|Old Classroom||Fierce Classroom|
|Broadcasting from the front of the room||A back and forth exchange, true engagement from both teacher and student|
|Know-it-all, expert approach of teaching; imposing own view of reality||Inviting collaboration; regard for other perspectives|
|Little or no relationship and the culture of resentful compliance that goes with it||Strong relationship and the culture of passionate engagement that goes with it|
|Withholding who we really are||We reveal who we are; we feel seen and heard|
|Command and control structure||Strong and collaborative structure|
|Illusion of control||Authentic influence and genuine respect|
|Anesthetized classroom environment; we tune out||A ‘live’ classroom environment; we are present, awake|
“Fierce revolutionized my experience as a college student. My involvement with the Fierce team broadened my education in ways that no other class could. The opportunity to participate in the program opened many doors for me in school and in my professional pursuits while improving the quality of my personal relationships.”
— Ashley Davis, University of Washington alumna
“Fierce is a game-changer. We started implementing this workshop just last year. At that time, it was strictly added as a curriculum in our established leadership development cohort programs. Then word got out about how fabulous it is. Now we offer this as a course for school-based and central office leaders. As soon as sessions are advertised, they fill up within hours!”
— Jaime Luerssen, Professional Development, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Hear from students and faculty at Chicago’s Rodney D. Joslin School about how Fierce in the Schools is transforming their day-to-day lives.
We work at the classroom, school, and district levels to prepare the future leaders of our world.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to bringing Fierce to your school system:
Step 1: Engage Supportive Leaders
A committed leader within the organization makes all the difference when transforming and leading a Fierce school and ensuring new behaviors stick.
Step 2: Determine Scope
How far do you want the impact to reach? After you make a commitment for change and determine the scope, your Fierce team can help you discover expected outcomes for leadership, staff, and students.
Step 3: Participate in Training
Selected teachers and staff participate in a Fierce Conversations workshop before implementing the field guide.
At least one committed individual is required to complete the Fierce Training certification. The newly certified trainer is then able to train others, sustain learning, and act as an in-house resource.
Step 4: Create a Fierce Steering Committee
We’ll help you create a small steering committee comprised of Fierce champions (committed teachers and staff), including leaders.
Step 5: Integrate Fierce to Transform Your School
Transform your schools and classroom into Fierce classrooms by fully integrating Fierce principles into students’ core curriculum, advisory or life skills classes.
Step 6: Conduct Evaluations
How will you know if you’re accomplishing goals? How will you report findings? Determine a data point where you want to move the needle. Assess current trends prior to implementation to compare with post-training data. Set a starting point for comparison by assessing tendencies prior to implementation. Your Fierce team will help you create pre- and post-workshop assessments to measure growth.
Ready to take the first step?
Fierce offers modular training and flexible tools that adapt to your schedule, your curriculum, and your students.
We’ll partner with you to create the perfect rollout and ongoing implementation to evaluate results and ensure learning transfers from teacher to student.