Appreciative Inquiry for Practitioners

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner Programme

Continuing our partnership with MOE since 2001, we are proud to present the inaugural AI programme customised for the professional development of educators and organisational leaders nationwide. 

We partner with the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Champlain College to bring you the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Certificate Foundations & Capstone Programme. It is the flagship programme for AI practitioners’ certification that provides an in-depth and hands-on training for you to be an independent practitioner of AI in your work and your organisation. AI is a social constructivist approach to change for discovering the best in people, their organisations, and to enable change at the scale of the whole.

In its broadest focus, Appreciative Inquiry involves the systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most capable in economic, ecological, and human terms.  At the heart of AI is the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to understand, anticipate, and heighten positive potential.  Guided by the Principles of Appreciative Inquiry, the process typically involves the four stages of Discover, Dream, Design & Destiny, with an affirmative topic as the focal point.

How did the AI Programme come about? In June 2018, the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) held the World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) at Fort Worth, Texas, bringing together a landmark collaboration between  Martin Seligman (pioneer of the Positive Education and Positive Psychology movement) and David Cooperrider (founder of Appreciative Inquiry). Building on this Pos Ed milestone, in July 2018, the Singapore Positive Education Network was launched by Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education.

Pos Ed enables every child to thrive, not just in terms of academic results but also in terms of character strengths and wellbeing. However, the successful implementation of Pos Ed in any school depends on the existence of a Positive Institutional Culture. The practice of Appreciative Inquiry is one of the ways to create the ideal condition for Pos Ed to flourish.

Programme Synopsis: Comprising of both coursework and fieldwork, this AI programme provides educators with in-depth and hands-on training to develop new capabilities such as applying AI methodologies to be more engaging and stimulate positive learning at the interpersonal as well as stakeholder and organisational levels.

Who may benefit:
  • Organisation Development Practitioners facilitating transformation efforts
  • Leaders keen to learn about strengths-based change
  • Internal Facilitators and Coaches keen to deepen capacity to frame and design inquiry that transforms.


Structure of Programme

  • Part 1:   AI Foundations Programme (3 days) 
  • Part 2a:  Guided applications to an AI Field Project* of your choice over a 3 month period
  • Part 2b:  AI Capstone Programme* (3 days)  

*For Part 2a and Part 2b, attendance of the Foundations Programme is a prerequisite.

In this programme, participating educators who complete the foundations course (part I) and their field project (part II) will be eligible to attend the Capstone Module (part III) to receive a certificate jointly issued by the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Sequoia Group.

For more information, download the AI Educators brochure PDF here.

Contact us to speak to our programme manager.