ERIC Number: EJ1026966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Reference Count: 4
Top Skills for Tough Conversations: Spark Effective Dialogue to Solve Complex Issues
Schiola, Steven A.
Journal of Staff Development, v34 n5 p54-56 Oct 2013
To ensure that all students learn at high levels, teachers must collaborate with colleagues to examine student achievement data, plan or adjust instruction, and track student progress. By meeting in professional learning communities, teachers continually examine instructional strategies and improve student learning. This school-based, classroom-focused, teacher-initiated reform requires school and district leaders who possess the skills to create conditions that allow teachers to collaborate effectively. School and district leaders can teach and model the skills necessary to facilitate productive conversations among teachers such as: (1) Understanding the problem clearly; (2) Understanding the purpose of each meeting; (3) Establishing working agreements; (4) Using effective decision-making strategies; and (5) Ensuring every voice is in the room. This article describes how these skills and a protocol can lead teachers and educational leaders to implement and guide faculty through difficult conversations to solve complex problems.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Educational Strategies, Educational Change, Decision Making, Goal Orientation, Participation, Interpersonal Communication
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