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Tom:I agree with everything you've written in your...

2007-08-23T16:04:00.000-06:00

Tom:

I agree with everything you've written in your post. I agree that acknowledging that educators are overworked, under-resourced and not appreciated is a must if we ever hope to gain their attention. (After all, context is everything.)

I also agree that amazing things can happen when we drop our predispositions regarding those we seek to help and work with them at their level.

But I just don't think you model goes far enough. I believe there are two more factors to be taken into account. First, it's incumbent upon those of us who hope to lead to be honest about the urgency of the need for change. Your approach of guiding them to find the light in their own way and time may often lead to them realizing that the light is attached to the train that's about to run them over.

Second, even those who see a need for change will often be unable to take the actions necessary to create the change needed. Whether it's parents' organizations or government regulations for public school teachers, senior management that have no understanding that learning is an ongoing, not a one-off process, for workplace learning professionals, or a tenure policy that discourages self-reflection or experimentation with new ideas for higher education faculty and staff many of the situations we and our colleagues find ourselves in are broken.

So to your vertical dimension and appreciative space, I'd add holding a white-hot spotlight on the changes that are coming so that everyone can see reality. In addition, I believe it is incumbent upon those of us who wish to lead to provide both external pressures for change and the tools for educators to use in their efforts to effect change from within.

Thanks for starting the discussion, Tom!

Dave