Appraisal and Feedback


Workshop Introduction


Are you equipped with the procedural knowledge and communication skills to assess non-academic staff, identify performance obstacles and provide the three forms of feedback? Do your department heads, coordinators and other administrators see the performance review process as a burden? The Appraisal and Feedback Process is an opportunity to empower and motivate staff, to identify obstacles in their career path and guide them to exceeding management expectations.

This two-day course provides managers with a proven process that can be adapted to their school’s appraisal system. Appraisal is a process, when conducted correctly, will enable managers to empower their staff to take on more responsibility, while aligning their team with the school’s mission. Participants will learn how to give the three different forms of feedback, on a regular and timely basis, so that employees can grow and develop, and overcome performance appraisal challenges.

Target Audience


All managers and team leaders who contribute to the performance appraisal process.

Workshop Objectives


  • Understand your role as an appraiser and coach.
  • Identify what is missing in your appraisal process.
  • Define metrics for assessing performance.
  • Overcome barriers to the appraisal process.
  • Understand when to Praise, Coach and Evaluate.
  • Learn how to give and receive appropriate feedback.

Workshop Agenda


Workshops will commence at 8:30am and aim to finish by 4:30pm. There will be two 15-minute breaks each day and a 45-minute lunch break. The workshop modules will be:

Day 1: Morning


  • Implicit Leadership Belief
  • Four Stage Appraisal Process

Day 1: Afternoon


  • Appraisal Barriers
  • Performance Focused: SMART Goals

Day 2: Morning


  • Key Communication Skills
  • Characteristics and Types of Feedback

Day 2: Afternoon


  • Role Play Difficult Conversations
  • Team Problem Solving

Workshop Language


This workshop is available for facilitation in English, Mandarin or Cantonese. All written materials will be in English to support the schools working language environment.

Workshop Capacity


Limited to 30 participants (Exceptions can be made to include more).

Workshop Facilitator


PDACADEMIA, a Hong Kong-based international consultancy, will facilitate this workshop. PDACADEMIA helps Educational Institutions align professional development programs with their strategic mission and to overcome organizational challenges. They have developed the topics for this workshop through consultation with ACAMIS school leaders.

Michael Iannini (English)


Michael was a research assistant at the Arizona State University Child Development Laboratory, where he studied mixed age playgroups and conducted studies of how children retain and recall information. Before moving to China in 1999, Michael consulted with the Children’s Action Alliance and the Arizona State Government on how to best serve children with special learning requirements.

Since moving to China, Michael has worked with a number of International and Chinese Bilingual schools to develop curriculum, train teachers and consult school management on staff management and parent engagement strategies.

Michael’s training credits are a result of his recruiting and training the teams in each organization he has served in as well as his passion for education and continual learning. Michael infuses a variety of experience into every course to ensure participants can immediately apply the concepts introduced to them.