Category Archives: Educational Change

Building a Positive Work Environment at School

The work environment of a school has a huge impact on the emotional well being, productivity, and professional engagement of teachers. For those teachers and administrators who work in a positive work environment, take a minute to appreciate your workplace, … Continue reading

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When Students Think They Can’t Read

We share the following script, taken from a teacher’s real experience, as a discussion starter about high school students who see themselves as non-readers. As you and your professional colleagues read “I Can’t Read” (or maybe ask some colleagues to … Continue reading

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Appreciative Inquiry: Beyond the Apple’s Applications for Education

There’s a lot of interest in Appreciative Inquiry and its application for educational change. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) was designed by David Cooperrider as a strategic planning tool; its applications in an educational setting are creating a lot of excitement. Here’s … Continue reading

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Effective Listening, the key to success in a professional learning community.

The success of a professional learning community is heavily influenced by how effectively  the participants communicate with each other. Clearly, this is obvious, but what’s not obvious is that it’s not only how we speak to each other, it’s how … Continue reading

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Re-igniting professional learning with a challenge to think

The first 10-15 minutes of any professional learning session provide an opportunity to set the stage for thinking, wondering, and sharing. Before you jump into the content, grease the participants’ thinking cogs by demonstrating a discrepant event. Here’s an example … Continue reading

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