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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.

The Big Ideas that Shape Professional Conversations
The big ideas that shape professional conversations

It was noted in Chapter 2, “Power and Leadership in Schools,” that one of the most important uses of positional authority is to forge consensus among a professional staff regarding the big ideas that shape everyday practice. As you will see here as well as in the chapters that follow, commitment for a consensus on these big ideas can serve as the underpinnings for professional conversation. But what are those big ideas, what is the research on which they are based, and why are they important?

Ideas are powerful. They help us make sense of the world, and they enable us to determine the best approach in a given situation. Furthermore, ideas shape ...

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