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As School Leaders We Need To Have Intentional Conversation To Increase Our Understanding: Our Perspective Can Be Enhanced By Listening To Others

As School Leaders We Need To Have Intentional Conversation To Increase Our Understanding: Our Perspective Can Be Enhanced By Listening To Others

When school leaders think about teachers they may like to think their perspective (the perspective of a school leader)  would be fair and accurate. My experience in understanding how people “think together” suggests that thinking interdependently requires truly seeking first to understand, as Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People challenges

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Groups – Cooperation – and the number of Women in the Group

According to Science Daily:“When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities

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From a Competitive Contest to a Collaborative Learning Experience

Jeremy Rifkin is a best-selling author and one of the most popular social thinkers of our time.  In his book: The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis he presents a picture of our current civilization and questions the future if, in fact, citizens of the world do not become

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Focus Forward

Read more about appreciating the present while setting your sites on a preferred future by checking out these three posts: http://jerryjennings.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/apprecitive-inquiry-is-in-part-about-asking-q/ http://jerryjennings.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/130934146/ http://jerryjennings.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/appreciate-the-present-dream-about-the-preferred-future-and-move-toward-the-dream/

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Leading for Powerful Learning

The quotes below are from a book titled: Leading for Powerful Learning: A Guide for Instructional Leaders by Angela Breidenstein, Kevin Fahey, Carl Glickman and Frances Hensley (2012) from Teachers College Press.  This is a good book for any and all formal and informal school leaders who 1) want to be part of schools that

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Reflective, Collaborative Dialogue and Action Around Effective Teaching and Learning

If we care about the education of today’s youth it behooves us to take adult learning seriously. We adults can learn our way into the future or we can hold onto the status quo in our classrooms/schools or we can defer to the massive network of sales people promoting a multitude of educational products.   I

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What does it mean to get better at thinking together?

Most of us would likely agree that it is pretty easy to think with people who hold about the same set of thoughts we hold. Yet, truly thinking with others means thinking with those who might look at things very differently from you. When you effectively engage with others who think differently than you, you

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