Building relationships through conversations

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Building relationships through conversations

  1. 1. TitleBodyBuilding relationshipsthrough conversationSource: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 1-3
  2. 2. Invitations into dialogueInvite schools into conversations about“standards-based, job-embedded, and results-driven professional learning...(to establish) ashared understanding of professional learningaligned with these elements.”Source: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 2
  3. 3. Invitations into dialogueConversations focused on improving the qualityof teaching and learning require high degreesof trust.Source: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 2
  4. 4. Well-designed conversations“Well-designed conversations are the buildingblocks to a collaborative culture.”“They create opportunities to examineassumptions, reflect on practice, solveproblems, celebrate successes, and navigate thecomplexities of change.”Source: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 2
  5. 5. Well-designed conversations Prioritize opportunities for “teachers to come together to focus on conversations that improve their practice and the learning for students.” “These types of conversations must be sustained through thoughtful planning, commitment, and clarity of purpose.”Source: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 2
  6. 6. Well-designed conversations What is a well-designed conversation? Purpose: A well-designed conversation has an end in mind — the reason why the teachers are gathering together.Source: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 2
  7. 7. Designing norms for successEstablishing norms is essential in creating trustwithin a diverse community.Example norms• Confidentiality• Equity of voiceSource: Lambert, J. & Mitrani, V. (Winter 2013). Building relationships through trust.Tools for Learning Schools. 16(2), 3
  8. 8. Download the article andaccompanying toolsRead the full article, with more Tools learNiNg SchoolS for Inside • Storyboard, p. 4 • Thinking lenses, p. 5 • Four-step reflection process, p. 6 • Success analysis protocol, p. 7 Winter 2013 Vol. 16, No. 2 eVery educaTor eNgageS iN eFFecTiVe proFeSSioNal learNiNg eVery day So eVery STudeNT achieVeSinformation, resources, and tools to Building relationships through conversation By Julie Lambert and Valerie Mitranihelp you implement these ideas in I n our network of Jewish parochial schools in Miami, inconsistent instruc- tional quality was impacting student learning throughout our system. The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, the central office and techni- cal assistance agency for these schools, de- signed an initiative five years ago to change the perception of professional learning from considering it a burdensome cost to creating an understanding that professional learning resources are an investment in student learn- ing. The project successfully built instructionalTools for Learning Schools (Winter, leadership capacity at the top; embedded instructional coaches in the schools to support implementation of teacher professional learn- ing into professional practice; built a leadership team within each school to shepherd these in- novations; and documented student improve- ment as a result. What has sustained the work beyond its initial two years, though, are the relationships between professionals within the schools, across schools, and between our agency and the schools — all developed through stra- tegic conversations. Continued on p. 22013). Your membership in Learning Forward gives you access to a wide range of publications, tools, and opportunities to advance professional learning for student success. Visit www.learningforward.org to explore more of your membership benefits.Available at www.learningforward.org/publications/tools-for-learning-schools.
  9. 9. Learn more withLearn more about professional learning at alllevels of education with Learning Forward, aninternational nonprofit association of learningeducators:www.learningforward.orgMembership in Learning Forward gives youaccess to a wide range of publications, tools,and opportunities to advance professionallearning for student success.

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