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Dialogue and Discussion: Tools for Creating and Sustaining a PLC. Professional Learning Community What Really Is It? NCSD Pre-Conference Session December 1-2,2007 Kristine Kiefer Hipp, PH.D.

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Dialogue and discussion tools for creating and sustaining a plc

Dialogue and Discussion:Tools for Creating and Sustaining a PLC

Professional Learning Community What Really Is It?

NCSD Pre-Conference Session

December 1-2,2007

Kristine Kiefer Hipp, PH.D.


Dialogue and discussion tools for creating and sustaining a plc

If you want to change and improve the climate and outcomes of schooling—both for students and teachers, there are features of the school culture that have to be changed, and if they are not changed, your well intentioned efforts will be defeated.

  • Seymore Sarason


The culture continuum

The Culture Continuum

X---------------------X---------------------X

Toxic CultureCommunal Culture Instructional Culture


Senge s five disciplines for organizational learning

Senge’s Five Disciplines for Organizational Learning

  • Personal Mastery

  • Shared Vision

  • Mental Models

  • Team Learning

  • Systems Thinking

    • Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, 1990


Mental models

Mental Models

  • Deeply ingrained assumptions…maps, pictures, images that influence how we understand the world and how we act.

  • We are seldom “consciously” aware of our mental models or the effects they have on our behaviors, attitudes and practices.

  • Reveal the reasoning and attitudes that underlie individual and collective practices that can either hinder or produce effective learning organizations.

  • Examining our mental models offers educators the highest leverage for transforming the educational system.


Dialogue and discussion tools for creating and sustaining a plc

An organization’s culture can be seen as its members’ collective mental models, which is why you cannot change an organization without investigating its cultural assumptions.

  • Edgar Shein, Organizational Culture and Leadership, 1992


Dialogue and discussion tools for creating and sustaining a plc

Healthy conversations move team learning on a continuum from :

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Raw DebatePolite Discussion Skillful Discussion Dialogue


Skillful discussion

Skillful Discussion

  • A process in which people come to some type of closure on an issue:

    • Making a decision

    • Reaching an agreement

    • Identifying priorities

  • Develops deeper meaning among members, but the primary focus is on task and convergent thinking.


Dialogue

Dialogue

  • Dialogue is a process in which people engage in conversations where they openly share their views and develop knowledge about each other’s assumptions.

    • Peter Senge, 1990, The Fifth Discipline


Dialogue1

Dialogue

  • Balances advocacy with inquiry

  • Invites learning at a deeper level

  • Encourages us to listen on multiple levels – self, one another, and collectively…to honor differences

  • Challenges us to suspend our judgment

  • Is different then discussion or debate

  • Promotes creativity and shared meaning


In dialogue

In Dialogue…

  • We rid ourselves of thinking…

    • Our beliefs are the truth

    • The truth is obvious

    • Our beliefs are based on real data

    • The data we select are real data

      • Chris Argyris, 1990, Overcoming Organizational Defenses


Dialogue and discussion tools for creating and sustaining a plc

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again…Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well…Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change.”

  • Margaret Wheatly, 2002, p.3, Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations Restore Hope to the Future


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