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.
Chapter 7: Implementation Issues
Professional conversations occur within the cultural context of schools; that culture must support those conversations, enabling them to be honest, substantive, and rewarding. In particular, the conversations must be informed by a shared understanding of the powerful ideas that support high-level learning by students. Thus, before educators in a school can embark on powerful professional conversations and derive the maximum value from them, the conditions must be conducive to such work. So what are the prerequisite conditions for professional conversations, and how do school leaders create those conditions? This chapter describes the many issues involved in putting the ideas in this book into practice. The next chapter outlines some specific actions school leaders might take in that effort.
Finding Time for Conversation
Important conversations ...