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Polarity Management™. Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems Presenter: Carolyn McKanders, M.A., M.S.W. Co-director, Center for Adaptive Schools. Outcomes. Understand polarities Awareness of how managing polarities can support your work Intrigue to want to learn more.

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Polarity Management™

Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems

Presenter: Carolyn McKanders, M.A., M.S.W.

Co-director, Center for Adaptive Schools

outcomes
Outcomes
  • Understand polarities
  • Awareness of how managing polarities can support your work
  • Intrigue to want to learn more
private reflection
Private Reflection

Think of a time when you had a similar dilemma…

where you had to simultaneously hold two seemingly opposing ideas to create a positive outcome.

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BETTE ACHINSTEIN ON CONFLICTCommunity Diversity and Conflict Among Schoolteachers: The Ties That Blind, 2002
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GARMSTON AND WELLMAN ON CONFLICTThe Adaptive School: Developing Collaborative Groups (2009)

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BETTE ACHINSTEIN ON CONFLICTCommunity Diversity and Conflict Among Schoolteachers: The Ties That Blind, 2002

“A community of diverse

elements has greater capacity to

adapt and renew itself in a swiftly

changing world. To keep a balance between diversity and wholeness, communities must apply structures

to reduce polarization, to foster communication between diverse

groups, and mechanisms for conflict mediation.”

John Gardner

polarity management
Polarity Management

Polarity Management™ is a model that involves a set of principles and tools for dealing with all polarities in life.

A Polarity (also known as a paradox, dilemma, or conundrum) is an interdependent pair that needs each other over time to create positive results.

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Polarities are. . .
  • unavoidable and unsolvable
  • have two or more right answers that are interdependent.
  • must be managed with both/and thinking.
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Breathing as an example of a polarity, p. 5

Clean Out

Carbon Dioxide

Get Oxygen

Inhale

Exhale

Too Little Oxygen

Too Much

Carbon Dioxide

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Please with your partner create a summary statement by completing this prompt:

“Here’s what we understand about polarities…”

examples of polarities
Examples of Polarities
  • Internal focus and External responsiveness
  • Student learning and Teacher learning
  • Individual efficacy and Collective efficacy
  • Structure and Freedom
  • Reflection and Action
  • Distributed leading and Autonomous leading
  • Challenge and Support
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Examples of Polarities

Parent as Expert and School as Expert

Relationship and Academic Excellence

Individual and Team

School Responsibility and Parent Responsibility

Consistency and Flexibility

Honor native language/culture and learning new languages/cultures

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Select a polarity that speaks to you.

Turn to a partner and complete this stem:

“This is a dilemma for me because . . “

polarity or problem
Polarity or Problem

Is this a problem to solve

or

is it an ongoing polarity we must managewell?

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Polarity or Problem

Problems to solve are those with one right answer or two or more right answers that are independent.

Problems to solve can be complex, but they have an endpoint.

Keep either/or thinking and problem-solving strategies.

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Structure - Freedom Polarity

Self -directed Students

Clear standards

Predictability

Order

Instructional Focus

Flexible

Practice decision making

Honors individuality

Motivated students

Freedom

Structure

Chaos

Confusion

Worsening of behavior

Wasted time

Rebellion

Passive Aggression

Low Morale

Absences

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BENEFITS: The Five C’s

Complexity - Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Change- Convert resistance to change into a resource

Conflict- Create “Win/ Win” Outcomes

Chronic Issues - Convert chronic issues into sustainable strength

Cross Cultural issues- Celebrate and capitalize on differences