Presentation on theme: "Dialogue and Discussion: Tools for Creating and Sustaining a PLC"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dialogue and Discussion: Tools for Creating and Sustaining a PLC Professional Learning Community What Really Is It?NCSD Pre-Conference SessionDecember 1-2,2007Kristine Kiefer Hipp, PH.D.
2 If you want to change and improve the climate and outcomes of schooling—both for students and teachers, there are features of the school culture that have to be changed, and if they are not changed, your well intentioned efforts will be defeated.Seymore Sarason
4 Senge’s Five Disciplines for Organizational Learning Personal MasteryShared VisionMental ModelsTeam LearningSystems ThinkingPeter Senge, The Fifth Discipline, 1990
5 Mental ModelsDeeply ingrained assumptions…maps, pictures, images that influence how we understand the world and how we act.We are seldom “consciously” aware of our mental models or the effects they have on our behaviors, attitudes and practices.Reveal the reasoning and attitudes that underlie individual and collective practices that can either hinder or produce effective learning organizations.Examining our mental models offers educators the highest leverage for transforming the educational system.
6 An organization’s culture can be seen as its members’ collective mental models, which is why you cannot change an organization without investigating its cultural assumptions.Edgar Shein, Organizational Culture and Leadership, 1992
7 Healthy conversations move team learning on a continuum from : X X X XRaw Debate Polite Discussion Skillful Discussion Dialogue
8 Skillful DiscussionA process in which people come to some type of closure on an issue:Making a decisionReaching an agreementIdentifying prioritiesDevelops deeper meaning among members, but the primary focus is on task and convergent thinking.
9 DialogueDialogue is a process in which people engage in conversations where they openly share their views and develop knowledge about each other’s assumptions.Peter Senge, 1990, The Fifth Discipline
10 Dialogue Balances advocacy with inquiry Invites learning at a deeper levelEncourages us to listen on multiple levels – self, one another, and collectively…to honor differencesChallenges us to suspend our judgmentIs different then discussion or debatePromotes creativity and shared meaning
11 In Dialogue… We rid ourselves of thinking… Our beliefs are the truth The truth is obviousOur beliefs are based on real dataThe data we select are real dataChris Argyris, 1990, Overcoming Organizational Defenses
12 “I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again…Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well…Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change.”Margaret Wheatly, 2002, p.3, Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations Restore Hope to the Future