Building Strong Teams in Education

A new concise and inspiring leadershipprogram

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How do you build a strong team in education?

How do you motivate your team to work together?
What are the conditions for pleasant and efficient team collaboration?
Shared responsibility – sounds good, but how?
As a leader, how do you provide space while maintaining leadership?

These (and many others) are the questions we will dwell on in the leadership program 'Building Strong Teams in Education', an inspirational and hands-on program to support you in your leadership development and in building a strong educational team.

The program focuses on the combination of personal leadership and team leadership development.


Current Leadership topics

Guided by topics that stimulate effectiveness and engagement within a team, participants develop and apply knowledge and create further awareness. Topics to be discussed are (amongst others): Motivation, Meaningfulness, Safety, Recognition & Appreciation, Autonomy, Development, and Connection.These topics have emerged in current literature about leadership, such as ‘Care to dare’ by prof. dr. George Kohlrieser and ‘Servant Leadership’ by dr. Inge Nuijten.

Marie-Louise Blankesteijn -AcademicVision

"This program is a source of inspiration if you want to develop yourself further as a manager of educational teams from a refreshing and innovative view on organization."

Marloes Blankestijn - Acting Program Director Science, Business and Innovation, Vrije Universiteit 

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"Inspiringly, the 'Building Strong Education Teams' program comes highly recommended if you're looking to further develop as a leader or coordinator of educational teams, offering a refreshing and innovative perspective on organizational dynamics.

For me, the Building Strong Teams in Education program (BASOT) was a sanctuary of tranquility and inspiration amidst my hectic workweek. Its external location allowed me to truly detach and gain perspective. With its small group setting, concise structure, and personalized atmosphere, BASOT provided a conducive environment for growth. Alies and her colleagues are adept and engaging instructors, possessing extensive knowledge and experience in team building and leadership development within the higher education context."


7 concise and powerful sessions

After the intake session, the program consists of 7 short & powerful half-day sessions that take place in an external venue. By providing literal distance and space, this external location helps participants learn about and reflect on their teams and their (future) role as team leaders. The program is spread over 8 months, thus granting participants the time and space to apply insights and learnings into practice despite their full calendars.

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Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam - AHK

"I can now fulfill my role more remotely, without losing connection with my team."

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For whom ?

This In-company program is for anyone who plays a leading role in education. From Education directors, program directors and coordinators in higher education, directors in primary education, to school- or department heads in secondary education.

Would you like to see more effective leadership in your organization?
Would you like to further develop your leadership? Or do you wish the teamleaders in your organization this program?
Please contact us!


In short, an opportunity to achieve the following results:

More clarity and effectiveness as a leader

More aware of yourself and your leadershipqualities

Insight and inspiration about how you can contribute to others

An optimal work climate in your educational team

To collaborate effectively to increase quality of education

"We learn from each other's experiences and support each other in matters that are not going as well. The program provides clear starting points for learning about, with and from the team."

Madeleine Brouns ~ Program coordinator BSc Health & Life Sciences, VU


"Each session I learn substantively about the subject, reflect on my own situation and am invited to think about how I can improve this in my team."

Bella van Erp ~ Bachelor Coordinator Pedagogic Science, VU

Jurgen Haanstra-AcademicVision

"The evidence-based sessions  gave me insights that I have been able to use to strengthen both my teaching team and my research team. Thank you for creating this inspiring course!"

Jurgen Haanstra ~ Managing director of the Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences

Marina de Regt-AcademicVision

"Not only did I learn a lot but I also really enjoyed the meetings of the BASOT. The focus on values, on personal development and on creating a safe space in which we can learn from each other has inspired me and I fondly think back to the mornings in the Space and Mid-West!"

Marina de Regt ~ Associate Professor and Programme Director at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit

Stan Buijs- AcademicVision

"Just as the BKO or BDB certifications are mandatory for teaching in higher education, Building Strong Teams in Education could be considered mandatory for anyone leading an educational team in higher education. It offers invaluable insights and skills crucial for effective team leadership in the academic setting."


Stan Buis ~ Coordinator VU & AmsterdamUMC

Erwin van Vliet- AcademicVision

"The Building Stromg Teams in Education program has provided me with insights into the foundational elements necessary for growth and development. I've learned how to apply these building blocks in personal leadership and team management, resulting in an inspired team eager to collaboratively advance sustainable education. Alies and Vivianne skillfully guide you through reflecting on your own situation and that of your team in a professional manner. Their enthusiasm and commitment are truly infectious!"

Erwin van Vliet ~ Programme director Psychobiology, UvA


Teams in Education' program is preferably provided at a location outside the organization. Our experience is that being literally at a distance from the working environment promotes the process of reflection and development of the participants. We have good relationships with affordable locations and can help you find a suitable location if desired.
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Coordination Team

This program is facilitated by Vivianne Tolen and Alies Zijlstra. They are both highly experienced leadership coaches with a broad experience in different educational organizations. They are involved in several leadership programs, such as the Senior Teaching Qualification and the Educational Leadership Course, and provide leadership coaching and guidance for management teams in education.

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Alies Zijlstra

Founder, leadership coach and mediator

Vivianne rond

Vivianne Tolen

Partner, leadership coach and facilitator

"It's nice to see that even small changes can make big differences!"


All our support programs and coaching sessions are evaluated by both the participants and the clients. What they appreciate in particular is: "The expertise and personal involvement of the coaches""the open and inspring atmosphere" and "the attention for both professional ánd personal development".


Building Strong Teams in Education in Online Magazine VU

Interview with Jelle Tichelaar, lector at Hogeschool InHolland and head of a large teaching team Amsterdam UMC):

Pause button
“The 'Building Strong Education Teams' program that I completed at the end of last year worked like a pause button for me and felt like a gift to myself. This was mainly due to the design of the program. All meetings took place at external locations, which gave you the feeling of getting away from it all."

Surprising insights
“During the substantive modules of the program, we discussed the five building blocks of (team) leadership. These subjects provided me with beautiful, sometimes surprising insights...|"

Read the whole interview



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