Clarity of Goals / Efficacy of Strategies / Elevated Success
Live your values out loud ➜
My name is Tim Grivois, Executive Director of TGS Educational Consulting. My firm helps schools, nonprofits, and government agencies to transform the wicked systemic issues that vex all leaders of caring organizations into opportunities to demonstrate excellence in any environment.
While the work you and I do together is highly tailored to who you are, our partnership typically begins with me and your team uncovering, discovering, and—if necessary—recovering the values at the heart of your work.
At Orange Grove Middle School, this process began with their school’s PBIS team coming together to establish respect, responsibility, and compassion as core values of successful learners and good human beings. With the Tucson Police Department, we joined officers in ride alongs, analyzed brief surveys, and listened to officers one-on-one. And, we discovered that respect, empathy, flexibility, and understanding are the key values that guide their work. By making values explicit, we can establish measurable goals and design a professional learning program to equip your team to take concrete action towards visible results.
Work better & happier ➜
Another important piece of our work is to equip your staff to do the work that matters. Frequently, understanding what needs to be done is easier than getting organized to do the work.
Sometimes, this might involve training staff on new skills or best practices. Typically, this is also about organizing resources, developing measurable goals, and implementing achievable action plans. With clarity comes competence, and our goal is for your leadership team and staff to come to work every day knowing what they do matters and makes a difference.
Share your story ➜
The second key aspect of our work at TGS Educational Consulting is to support your communications plan. Communications is about more than marketing or publicity—it’s about making sure that your staff knows that their work matters. And, by increasing the level of communication with those you serve, you’ll also ensure that your community understands the importance of what you do. Whether we are designing templates for press releases for a local nonprofit that is redesigning a martial arts curriculum to incorporate social and emotional learning, or developing internal templates for sharing progress their team is making towards goals, your communications plan is an essential part of your team’s success.
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Working with TGS Educational Consulting
I provide tailored professional learning solutions to equip you and your team to dramatically increase the good you and your team accomplish for those you serve. This difference in approach matters to my clients, and is the principal reason why we continue to work together year after year.
Sonoran Science Academy
Sonoran Science Academy operates four campuses in Tucson, AZ, serving students from PreK through 12th grade. Our work together began at one site in 2017 and continues today. Current goals include:
- Creating positive culture and climate for each part of the school community
- Using data to ensure equity in school discipline
- Supporting the social, emotional, and academic achievement of every enrolled student
Tucson Police Department and Pima County Community Prevention Coalition
The Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Community Prevention Coalition worked together to provide over 400 officers training in trauma informed care. I worked with Sgt. Stropka and the Substance Use Resource Team to develop a trauma informed training from an LGBTQIA+ perspective. Our shared goals were to:
- Create opportunities for officers to practice key LGBTQIA+ vocabulary in context.
- Uncover the values guiding their daily work, such as empathy, respect, adaptability, and understanding.
- Connect these values to their own experiences engaging LGBTQIA+ community members, validating small, effective strategies to live these values out loud as they develop trauma-informed approaches to their work.
About Tim Grivois
I founded TGS Educational Consulting in March of 2020 because I wanted to spend my days doing what I love:
- Learning as much as I can
- Helping others learn and grow (children and marginalized first and most of all).
Prior to TGS Educational Consulting, I was the Director of Professional Learning at CITY Center for Collaborative Learning. Before that, I’ve served an elementary school principal in Tucson Unified School District in Arizona, and assistant principal in District 63 in Niles, Illinois. The heart of my career has been teaching third and fourth grade.
I earned my Masters and Doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Loyola University Chicago. I currently live in Tucson, Arizona. When I’m not keeping busy helping my clients increase the good they do (and to do it justly and equitably), you can find me reading, playing with my three kids, or zoning out to Netflix. I’m also thinking about getting a chicken coop and a really big dog.