Dr. Ronald Lalonde

CEO & Founder, Middle East Manager

Ronald D. Lalonde, Ed.D., ACC, NCC, is the Regional Manager of the Institute of Positive Education, and the founder of Riverspath Coaching and Consulting (riverspath.com). He is formerly the Middle School Principal of the American School of Dubai and the American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Lalonde has researched extensively and developed applications of positive psychology to middle level education. He continues to seek ways to reimagine student relationships with schools, and adult attitudes toward adolescents and adolescence. Schools under Dr. Lalonde's leadership have been commended for the healthy student teacher relationships and high student well being.


GESS Talks Arena

27 February 2019 | 12:30 - 12:40 | English | GESS Bites: Putting Wellbeing at the Heart of Education

The topic of wellbeing in schools has resurfaced in response to many examples of ill-being in society today. Schools are in a unique position to reclaim and impact social change as we are the guardians and gardeners of the values and capacities that young people carry into the future. This talk will emphasize small ways that educators can keep talk in their school focused on values.

Leadership stream

27 February 2019 | 14:00 - 14:30 | English | Finding Simplicity in Complexity

We will explore changing notions of leadership that invite you to “bring your whole self to work.” Dr. Lalonde approaches the demands and complexity of schools today and invites you to respond from a place of personal commitment and clarity. We will develop practices that help you increase presence to your faculty, build trust, and make and communicate decisions effectively. This workshop promotes practices of personal alignment and strength awareness that will help you develop a sense of calm and confidence in your busy work environment.

Future Leaders

27 February 2019 | 15:30 - 16:30 | English | Positive Education & Leadership

Developing students ready to face the future is about developing competencies--integration of knowledge, skills, and values applied collaboratively to meaningful issues. School leaders who wish to model competencies to their school communities should look to build Positive Teams--educators who are aware of one another's strengths and who focus on collaboration, support, and growth. In this talk Dr. Lalonde will share a strengths-based approach to leadership that develops teams who create exceptional educational environments.