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Written by a renowned educator, this breakthrough work helps leaders understand the value of professional conversations in promoting reflection, inquiry, support, and ongoing teacher development.

Why Professional Conversation?
Why professional conversation?

Virtually every educator has experienced the professional rewards that result from rich conversations about practice. Routinely, comments from teachers following a workshop mention that the most positive aspect of the session was the opportunity to engage in dialogue with colleagues. Even when a workshop's nominal purpose is something quite different, for example, observing in classrooms using the framework for teaching, participants report the experience to have been highly rewarding because of the discussions. As they say, “It's all about the conversation.” It's through conversation that teachers clarify their beliefs and plans and examine, practice, and consider new possibilities.

Most conversations about teaching are grounded in what has been observed in a classroom, but such conversations can be fruitful even when that ...

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