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ERIC Number: EJ829663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Strategic Conversations
Jackson, Robyn R.
Principal Leadership, v9 n6 p44-49 Feb 2009
Strategic conversations are a series of targeted, individualized interactions with teachers that are designed to help them significantly improve their instruction. Unlike typical supervisory feedback, strategic conversations move in two directions. Together, the leader and the teacher identify problems and develop solutions to instructional challenges. Such interaction gives teachers the support and structure they need to eventually make their own choices about how they will resolve their instructional challenges and grow as professionals. Strategic conversations rely on four conversational approaches: (1) reflecting; (2) facilitating; (3) coaching; and (4) directing. Each of these approaches yields a different outcome depending on who the teacher is and what the teacher needs. No single conversation will be a magic bullet, but by combining all four approaches and appropriately matching them to the teacher and the situation, the leader can move the teacher toward specific instructional goals. In this article, the author discusses the steps of strategic conversations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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