From Forming to Performing: Strategies for Creating Cohesive and Vibrant Student Bonds in your Boarding Program

Get a jump-start on your summer ResLife planning and join TABS and Erin Hawk from World Leadership School to dive into the psychological stages of group bonding. We’ll learn how we can help students process emotions of becoming part of a group and begin to build a cohesive and high-performing community. 

Drawing on years of experience in bringing students from all over the world together, Erin will walk us through the art of helping groups move through the stages of forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning as quickly as possible. All participants receive World Leadership School’s group dynamics handbook in PDF form, which includes detailed activities for each stage (including adaptations for online facilitation) and other useful information for residential and student life leaders and faculty.


  • Erin Hawk
    Erin Hawk
    Executive Director, World Leadership School

    Erin became World Leadership School’s first employee in 2008, after having worked as a Montessori teacher, an instructor for a global travel organization, and the Director of Programs for a nonprofit that partnered with local school districts for service-learning and outdoor focused programming. Before joining the World Leadership School team, I served as the Director of Programs for Camp Fire USA – Rocky Mountains, a youth development non-profit that focuses on service-learning and leadership with inner-city youth. I have led service learning and wilderness expeditions throughout Latin America and the American West for The Road Less Traveled, an adventure and community service travel company based in Chicago. As WLS’ Executive Director, I focus on developing sustainable partnerships with communities hosting Collaborative Leadership Programs and working closely with schools to help transform learning through life-changing travel opportunities and inspiring educator development.


Apr 13 2022


2:00 pm

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