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ERIC Number: ED584148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 106
Abstractor: ERIC
Leading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement
Cashman, Joanne; Linehan, Patrice Cunniff; Purcell, Luann; Rosser, Mariola; Schultz, Sharon; Skalski, Stacy
Idea Partnership
In 15 years of working together, the authors have learned valuable lessons about practice change though partnership. One of the most important was their ability to discover shared values and interests. For years, their commonality was masked by different vocabulary and unique identities; they lacked the relationships needed to actively engage with enough frequency to gain trust. They became united in promoting a new kind of collaboration. Early in their partnership, they began to define how they wanted to engage each other. Gradually, shallow collaboration was replaced by authentic engagement that allowed them to act together when they were in agreement and made it safer to talk about issues on which they did not agree. They were clear that they needed a tool that would leave no doubt as to the kind of collaboration that they believe is needed to achieve a change in practice. In this blueprint, the authors focus on authentic engagement as the core commitment and convening as the leadership strategy that makes learning partnerships possible. It shares the lessons learned and recognizes the heavy influence of Etienne Wenger's work on Communities of Practice and Ronald Heifetz's work on technical and adaptive change. To lead by convening requires a set of skills that is both teachable and learnable. These skills can be developed by consciously thinking and acting in ways that attend to the relationship (adaptive and human) elements of change across the continuum of activities embedded in the habits of coalescing around, ensuring relevant participation in and working together to address an issue of common interest.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), IDEA Partnership
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Colorado; Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Grant or Contract Numbers: H326A080002