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The Adaptive School


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Preface Part I: Adaptivity Chapter 1: The Context Chapter 2: What is an Adaptive School? Part II Collaboration Matters Chapter 3: The Importance of Professional Community Chapter 4: Developing Collaborative Norms Chapter 5: Two Ways of Talking That Make a Difference for Student Learning Part III: Meetings are Teachers' Work Chapter 6: Well Run Meetings Enchance Social Capital Chapter 7: Save Time With Smart Agendas Chapter 8: The Confident and Skilled Faciliator Part IV: Resources for Inquiry Chapter 9: Developing Groups: Six Domains of Maturity Chapter 10: Developing Groups for Sustainable Change Chapter 11: Facilitating Data Teams Part V: Conflict, Change and Communty Chapter 12: Constructive Conflict Chapter 13: Capacities for School Change Chapter 14: Community Doesn't Just Happen References Appendices

About the Author

Robert J. Garmston presents to educators and managers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration at California State University, Sacramento, Bob has previously been a classroom teacher, principal, director of instruction and acting superintendent. Co-Developer of Cognitive Coaching with Dr. Arthur Costa and co-founder of the Center for Adaptive Schools with Bruce Wellman,, his work has been translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish. He is director of Facilitation Associates, a consulting firm specializing in leadership, learning, personal and organizational development. Bruce M. Wellman, Co-Director Miravia LLV, has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, and staff developer in Oberlin, Ohio, and Concord, Massachusetts, public schools. He consults with school systems and professional groups and organizations throughout North America, presenting workshops and courses for teachers and administrators on the patterns and practices of learning-focused classrooms, learning-focused conversations for supervisors and mentors, presentation skills, and facilitating and developing collaborative groups.


In this timely Third Edition of their important ground-breaking book on Adaptive Schools, Garmston and Wellman have incorporated new research and recent experience on leadership and organizational development to flesh out with concrete and practical guidance how an adaptive school, teacher, principal and administrator can successfully navigate through the constant, rapid change and future uncertainty which is our new normal. If we are going to prepare young people to be successful in this reality, we ourselves have to learn and practice the skills for acting adaptively and for creating schools, human systems as they are, that can survive and thrive under these conditions. This revised edition is a powerful but not hostile counterweight to the push toward measurement and short-term accountability that threatens to suck the life out of individuals, organizations, communities and, yes, schools where inspiring lifelong learning and capacities for adaptation has to be the most important goal. -- Marty Linsky, co-author, "Leadership on the Line" and "The Practice of Adaptive Leadership"
Through The Adaptive Schools Sourcebook, Garmston and Wellman develop the language and structures of the learning organization in a choreography of collaboration, diversity, and energy. The book provides school leaders with tools, strategies and conditions for a responsive mindset, setting the stage for perpetual growth, innovation and a capacity to thrive. This sourcebook makes sense of the ever-changing landscape and complexity of our schools as we work to access the limitless power of learning. -- Michael Webb, elementary principal, Airport Heights, Anchorage Alaska, architecture writer, co-founder
Whether or not you've seen or read The Theory of Everything, this is 'The Practice of Everything' in educational change. In this magnum opus, two living legends of coaching, mentoring and consulting show us the bold designs and build the bricks and mortar of adaptive change. Adaptive change, they demonstrate brilliantly, is incremental and disruptive, involves loss and growth, must be viewed from the balcony and on the dance floor - and is remarkably complex and incredibly simple all at the same time. Read. Think. And be inspired to act. -- Andy Hargreaves, Brennan Chair in Education, Boston College; Adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education of Ontario

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